How to successfully master the art of sale shopping.
It’s that time of year again when the sales are looming. By now you’ll know my feelings about shopping the sales. I need to be strict and experience has taught me it is essential to stand firm.
Sure, buying on a whim is fun for a moment but the time it takes to disentangle the ‘mistakes’ is far more annoying.
50% of sale shopping is about luck and 50% about skill but with close attention, there are some good opportunities to be had.
This time of year, I focus on stocking up on the new season basics and replace those pieces that need a freshen up.
My mind is just out of summer mode and trying to pre-empt new winter styles so Cyber Week sales always come in at the perfect time.
I’ve spent hours in the past perusing online to find the best deals and the one clear light bulb moment I have had is we need a strategy.
I have my methods. Breaking the sale shopping into sections and applying my Do’s and Don’ts to all of my buying ensures I get the most out of the discounts.
I always start by re-assessing and replacing some of the classics.
Then I check on the accessories; the bags, the luggage and any of the practical pieces I could do with smartening up a bit.
And lastly, a dip into the lingerie and shapewear. I am looking for replacements I know work and I need.
This way I end up with what I need at a fraction of the price; a checklist of sorts.
Do buy what you already like.
Do replace the old with the new.
Do invest at sale time; cost per wear is the best equation ever. Use it.
Do buy the classics; they aren’t boring but good value.
Do return if need be; when in doubt, vote out.
Don’t buy the unfamiliar.
Don’t try and reinvent a whole new you.
Don’t buy because the price is right; the piece must be right.
Don’t buy to grow into or squeeze into; it never happens.
Don’t be put off by too much choice; take a deep breath, read the above and streamline the basket.
As I write, most sizes are available, please forgive me if things change over the next few days. It drives me crazy when I find something I think completely wonderful and there is no stock.
And most importantly, good luck and have fun. xv
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