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The Best Ways to Find a Sale and Shop Like a Pro

 February 20, 2017
Andy in Budget

Sales are everywhere. Sometimes there are so many it can be overwhelming. So, take a look at our quick guide on how to make the best of the sales and shop like a pro.

Before the Sale

Clothes shop sale sign

Research - Most stores advertise their sales days or weeks in advance. Do your research on where they’re having the best sales on the items you want. Signing up for newsletters and following social media accounts can give you the most up-to-date information about what is on sale and when. Sometimes you might need a coupon or special code for some sales. Make sure you have everything you need before you go.

Check a day or two early - Many stores that have sales have too much stock to put out on the first day of the sale. They may have to put out some sale items before the sale officially starts. Go to the store a day or two early and you might find exactly what you were looking for, without the crazy bargain hunters getting in your way.

Try it on before the sale - If you know what you want to buy when the sale starts, go to the store a week in advance and try on everything you want to buy. That way, on the day of the sale you won’t have to wait in the lines for the changing rooms because you will know exactly what size you need.

See what you need - When you find a sale, look through your wardrobe first. Take out things you don’t wear anymore and see what is missing in your collection. When you go sale shopping, look only for the things that are missing from your closet. This could also apply to household items such as towels, appliances, bedding, toys, and other essentials.

Get some tech help - There are many websites designed to help you find the best sales. All you have to do is create a wish list of items you are looking for and the site will send you an email when any of the items on your wish list have gone on sale.

Plan for the future - It is always a good idea to think about the future. Do you have an event coming up? Will you need a gift for someone soon? Think about what you might need for the next few months. Sales on some types of items are not very frequent, so plan ahead.


During the Sale

50% off clothes

Get there early - To make a sale worth going to, get there early. You will not only beat the crowds, but you will have first pick of all the sale items. You could have everything you need before lunch time! You will be relaxing while everyone else is still fighting the crowds.

Go big - When there is an amazing sale on, that is the time to go big or go home. Get that item or brand that you’ve always wanted but thought was too expensive.

Keep it classic - Make sure to buy things that are classics. You don’t want to spend money on a trendy item that will likely be out of style the following week. Go big but also get things that will stand the test of time.

Question yourself - When you find something on sale, before you jump all in and buy it, ask yourself two questions: When will I use this? and Will I need to buy anything else to go with it? If your answers aren’t at least every week and no, then put it back. You might end up wasting your money or buying even more items that will cancel out any original savings!

Stick to your size - Just get what fits. Don’t assume that you will be able to fit into something a week or two later. Don’t make excuses, just don’t buy it. The one exception might be an amazing item that is a little bit too big. If there’s something that you want that can be altered without too much trouble, then consider buying it—belts can also be your best friend in these instances.

Trust your instincts - If something gives you a gut feeling right away, trust your instincts. Don’t let other people talk you into something that you know is not right for you. If you want to buy something you ought to love it, not simply feel meh about it.

Have fun - Sales can be stressful. We all want that one thing we’ve been looking for, but remember to have fun. We’ve probably seen or heard about those people who get into fights over sale items. They usually end up being filmed and put on the internet. Don’t go viral. Not like that... Stay calm and have fun! There will always be another sale.


Happy Shopping!