Christmas means many things to many people – family, food, booze, time off work, etc. But for some people it means a chance to rack up some great bargains in the January sales. Some even use it as an opportunity to get some Christmas presents for next year!
Here’s how to get those bargains and ensure your January sales shopping is successful…
Get there early
If you want the best bargains then you’re going to have to get there as early as possible or someone else will snap them up and you’ll be left with all the dregs at the end that you don’t really want but may end up buying anyway so it’s not a wasted journey. Most shops now start their sales on Boxing Day, so if you really want the bargains you’ll have to fight through the Christmas Day hangover and get down the shops.
Stores such as Next have their sales start at about 5am in the morning, so you’ll have to be the early bird if you want to catch the discounted worm.
Have a plan of what you want to buy
If you just go browsing in the sales then there’s a good chance you’ll come away either empty handed or with an armful of stuff you didn’t really want. Taking a random example, if you’re in the market for electric freestanding cookers but spend half your time looking at integrated washer dryers to see what offers they have then someone could swoop in and get the deal you wanted. Know what you want and go for it!
Venture off the beaten path
The big stores will have their sales but they will also be crammed with people all trying to do the same as you, and so it might be worth checking out some of the smaller, independent stores that may also have sales on but will be a lot quieter.
Check the online sales
There’s a good chance you did most of your Christmas shopping online, so don’t forget the internet when it comes to January sales either. In fact, some websites even start their sales before Christmas in order to entice people. You can get some absolutely fantastic deals if you’re willing to browse around and some places even have exclusive online deals.
Voucher codes websites are your friend
You may already be savvy when it comes to voucher code websites but if you’re not then you should really check them out. Sites such as www.vouchercodes.co.uk are well worth a look and can get you even more money off. Some say that they can’t be used in conjunction with any other offers but a lot of sites also publish deals and offers as well as voucher codes so could provide you with a few bargains.
Don’t buy for the sake of it
A sure-fire way to waste your money is to just buy things you don’t really need but do so anyway just because they’re discounted. Remember – just because it’s a bargain, it doesn’t mean you’re saving money.