It was during my drive to QVC (yes I’m actually working Boxing Day!!!!) I realised how crazy people get during the winter sales. And I’m not surprised, the discounts this time of year are just brilliant. But there’s many factors to consider on how to shop during the Boxing Day sales – I’m speaking from years of shopping experience. And so, I’m here to help with your fashionable needs (and your bank balance at the same time) that is if I’ve caught you before you’ve braved the winter sales!
How to shop during the Boxing Day sales
- Make a list
Are you just browsing, or are you shopping for something in particular? Now is the time to get real as big sale days like today (Boxing Day) are not really the times to browse. There are way too many people about, everyone seems to be in a rush and the chances that you’re going to miss out are pretty high. Instead, figure out what you want to buy and make a list, otherwise you’ll make a huge mistake and end up with three striped tops that are pretty much identical to the one that’s already in your wardrobe. Yes, I have actually done this! It also means that you are more likely to stick to your budget rather than buying things you don’t really need just because they’re on sale. Once again, I am speaking from experience (oops!).
- Research the best winter sales and start early
Make sure you’re shopping smart and see who has the best sales on before you head out, this way you can find the best bargains. Whether you’re shopping in store or online, we all know that the early bird gets the worm. Starting out early means that you can easily get a parking space as there’s less people around, plus there will be more stock available too. If you’re shopping online, make sure you double check what time the sales start. If you’re wanting to shop in more than one place, figure out your priorities before you start.
- Avoid in store queues
Shopping online is not only the best way of avoiding crowds and carparks, but it often means that you get to nab some great bargains before they’re gone. Some of my favourite stores (Selfridges, Topshop and Zara) have great Boxing Day sales, and every year there are people queueing down the road to stock up on their lovely fashion treats. I don’t love the idea of lining up and then being jam packed in a store. I’d much rather my shopping experience to be stress free; so while everyone else is standing in that queue I’m sitting in my pyjamas with my laptop, shopping online while drinking coffee – win win.
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