23 December 2013

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Shops nationwide are in preparation of slashing their prices as mega high street price wars gets under-way.

But with millions of people hitting the stores up and down the country, how can you ensure you get everything you need – and survive the chaos?

1)    Plan your trip

Do not wander aimlessly into town weaving your way through crowds. Make sure you adopt a targeted approach and know which shops have sales and what time they start. You will shop much more effectively that way. Check the websites of each shop for full information on times.


2)    Arrive early

The earlier the better in order to get the pick of the best items; some shops will have huge queues outside so you might have to arrive before official opening hours if you really want the best bargains.


3)    Eat before you go

You don’t want to be held back by a rumbling stomach. So eats lots before you leave the house, bring snacks with you and don’t forget a bottle of water. It might be freezing cold outside but the heating will be cranked up in stores and you’ll need to keep hydrated. Jasmin Birtles of Moneymagpie.com says: “Eat before you go and make sure you plan lots of coffee breaks. When you’re hungry, that’s the time you will buy rubbish.”


4)    Know what you are looking for

Do your research before you set out so you know exactly what you are looking for. Spend time checking websites of your favourite shops so you know which items to keep an eye out for. If you’re looking for clothes, take a look at your wardrobe before you go and see where the gaps are so everything you buy is useful.


5)    Don’t bother trying things on

Queues for the changing room will be long and stressful so save time by sizing up the item without trying it on. Wear layers so that you can put tops/jackets/knitwear over the top of the clothes you are wearing. That way you won’t roast in the hot stores either.


6)    Be decisive

If in doubt pick it up and hold onto it!

You can spend time deciding while you are walking around the shop looking at other things, or even in the queue – but you don’t want to be left disappointed when the shopper next to you advantage of your dithering.


7)    Hit the more expensive shops/ products first

The best savings in sales can be made on luxury items so look out for leather jackets, cashmere scarves and high quality bath towels. It’s these products that are really worth hunting down as they are good quality will last and will be investment buys.


8)    Don’t buy for the sake of it

Whilst sale shopping there’s a tendency to grab anything in sight, just because it’s on sale but it’s important to think clearly and calmly about whether you are making a saving.

Something that will go straight in the cupboard and never see the light of day is only going to clutter up your house. And it is certainly not a bargain if you never use it. If it’s clothing, try to imagine if the time will go with what you already have at home – if you’re struggling to pair – maybe consider leaving it.


9)    Buy for next Christmas/ look for presents

Shop specifically for things for next Christmas like cards, wrapping paper and presents.

Jasmine Birtles says: “Stock up on presents for next Christmas and birthdays throughout the year and next by buying gift boxes – they will be vastly reduced.”


10)  Shop online

If you can’t face any of the above then simply sit back and shop from the comfort of your own sofa. No crowds, no queues – well maybe a queue at the check out – and no fighting with other shoppers. You’re likely to spend less too.

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Gaurav Ahluwalia
marketing@discountinsurance.co.uk

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