Hurry, sales now on!Posted on: 23 December 2011 by Shopaholic 50connect
Get ready for the after Christmas sales.
The Christmas shopping is already over and if you’ve left your Christmas shopping to the last minute or your online delivery let you down then you can make up for it over the holidays - what used to be January sales, now start in December. So, if your travel plans have been disrupted you might be able to cash in, buying your presents late or lavishing treats on yourself!
If you’re a really savvy shopper this time of year is when you grab some bargains and stock up on pressies for the coming year, but consider Valentine's presents or birthday presents as well!
The sales this year should be good as some shops already offered discounts pre-Christmas, with the economic climate as it is and with fierce competitions among the high street stores due to online shopping…
Put these dates in your diary:
- John Lewis: 5pm Online 24th and Shop 27th December
- House of Fraser: 26th December
- Debenhams: 26th December
- Fenwicks: 27th December
- Selfridges: 26th December
- Harrods: Online 24th and Shop 27th December
- M&S: Not Stated
- Liberty: 26th December
Top tips for Bargain Hunting:-
- Pick a day and time which is less crowded, so try to avoid the first day of sales. If you are a hardcore sales lover then you will probably be able to handle it, which means you’ll have first dibs on the bargains!
- Always start from the top floor of the store then downward and with the eyes focus on the reduction and clearance signs;
- Don’t buy items with a warranty such as electronic goods, watches or gadgets unless they are for yourself. If they are presents for later in the year or next Christmas the warranty may run out before you pass them on.
- If you have a store card then look out for special discount days, Harrods often offer 10% extra discounts on weekends. Also use the credit card(s) which gives redeemed points to maximise your gains.
- Department stores often carry more stock, which means their discounts are better and there are more bargains to be found.
- If you’re purchasing food items such as cakes and confectionery, check the sell-by date. Your gifts will not be appreciated if they are past the sell by date!
- Items with a “second” tag may not always be inferior goods, some manufacturers sell their “over-stocked” items as “seconds”. A thorough check will do the job, a missing button can easily be replaced!
- Last, but by no means least: don’t weep if you see your purchased items being reduced further the next day. It is the luck of the draw!
You win some, you lose some, that’s life!
Happy bargain shopping and a wonderful holiday!
The Shopaholic x
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