How to buy at a SALE
Soooo it is THAT time of year again, all the shops have a SALE, and yes we do LOVE a SALE!!……..BUT, how many times do we really wear the items that we bought on a sale???
The temptation, the marked down signs, the rows and rows of clothes, shoes etc…. oh how excited I am just writing about it!! But this can also be overwhelming at times.
According to an article in the Forbes Magazine, “When you see a “sales” sign or sticker, or hear your favorited store has just moved that jacket you want to the clearance section, you might get a little giddy. Saving money? Yes, please! However, sales aren’t always what they seem . In fact, you could end up giving the store more money during a sale than you would have on a normal day.”
You are asking but how am I giving the store more money?
Now the answer is simple, we usually end up buying more items or items we never use, to prevent this from happening here are a few do’s and don’ts to consider before you hit the SALES!
If you follow these simple steps, you can really safe money and have those beautiful items you couldn’t afford when it was not marked down.
A Few DO NOT’S (lets first look at the things not to do):
This will help you to save money and not to buy just to buy because it is on SALE……
1. Don’t get attached
Don’t buy a piece that you wanted at the beginning of the season if it is no longer wearable in the upcoming months or season. For example: that super on-trend print tank top you wanted in February might seem like a good idea, but will it still be in fashion next summer? Make sure you buy classic items on seasonal sales, these items doesn’t have a fashion expiry date and you can wear it in the next season.
4. Don’t: Buy One-Off Items
Sure; that over-the-top caftan is really “Olsen-chic”, but where are you actually going to wear it. Figure out price per wear or think about how many upcoming events you can wear it to and judge from there. Don’t just buy an item because it looks good on a friend, make sure it is your style and that you will feel comfortable in that item.
2. Don’t: Buy Almost-Perfect Basics
Don’t buy any basic that aren’t the perfect wash or style just because they are on sale, make sure they fall in your style and colour personality. If they don’t suit you 100% then rather leave the item as I can promise you it will just end up in your closet stuffing your closet with more items that don’t get worn.
5. Don’t: Settle
If you’re still dreaming of a better version of that lace-up heel or that leather skirt, you’re not buying the right piece. Rather save up a bit more and buy the REAL item you want, otherwise you will end up spending more.
3. Don’t: Be Unrealistic
Too small, but you will lose some weight? Yeah right. Haven’t we all done this or maybe bought a jacket a bit too big because what if I layer in winter then it will fit? NO, it will not. If it is not in your size rather leave the item or ask a sales lady to look which other branches may still have your size or visit their website and purchase the correct size online, as many stores have the same items on sale in store or online!
6. Don’t: Be Lazy
Shop around and look for the best deal. Different stores give different discounts all the time, and it could be the difference between buying one item on your list or two. Make a list of items you really want, this will help to see which stores will have most of your items on sale. Sometimes stores have promotions, if you buy two you get discount, or buy 3 items and get the cheapest one for free.
A Few DO’S (the best part!!):
This will help you to save money and not to buy just to buy because it is on SALE…… but because you really need it!!
Do: Know The Rules
Can the item be returned? You should know before buying anything you’re not 100% certain about. And be sure that you can be refunded if there is no size available. My advice to clients: Make time to shop, so go and fit the item to make sure it is the correct size, you are wasting money to go back to the shop to return the item.
Do: Consider The Potential
If a dress or jacket is a little big on you, but could be easily and affordably altered, buy it. Make 100% sure that you can tailor the item, that it is your style and just a little bit to big.
Do: Weigh The Pros And Cons
If something is only on sale in a colour that’s not your first choice, consider how much you will wear the item and whether or not it’s worth holding out for the full-price option. If the colour is not in your colour scheme, you will feel dull and not get compliments, rather leave the item, look for something else.
Do: Plan Ahead
Make a list, or bookmark, of what you want, so that you’re prepared when the sales start. That way you’ll keep your eyes peeled for the perfect moto jacket, instead of getting distracted by cocktail dresses you don’t really need. Most shops have a mid-season sale, so if you can hold out a bit, wait for the sale and you can buy that expensive item for far less.
Do: Buy Statement Pieces
The perfect way-out-of-budget embellished jacket that you coveted is finally on sale? Can you wear it with at least five things already in your closet? Buy it.
Do: Buy Basics
Stock up on things that you regularly need and buy, such as your favourite white t-shirt or bra. Also a nice set or two Pyjamas, things that isn’t fashion bound, that way you can buy something else you like if it is not on special.
Do: Search For Promo Codes
Google is your friend—be proactive about getting the best discount possible. Most shops are online as well, so if you like the item in store and they don’t have your size, go visit them online, great chance of getting it there.
Few more tips:
- If you are a card holder at a store, find out if they open earlier on sale days for card holders, if you there first, the options is much more.
- Always eat before going shopping, you will focus more.
- MAKE time for shopping, don’t rush in and out of the store, have enough time to fit items.
- If you buy boots buy it in a neutral colour that can be worn the next season.
- Don’t just buy because you feel the need to just because it is on sale, if you don’t feel comfortable rather wait and save up for a stunning item!!
- If you are a mom like me, I always try and buy clothes for the kids for the next season, so this winter I will buy items in the size they will be next winter. Especially jackets etc., the more expensive items, I promise you won’t be sorry that you made space for those items. As items cost more the next season and then you already have a few basics to start them off with.
Now go and enjoy your trip to the store, and go shop that SALE like a real PRO!!