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January 2018

Make The Sales Work For You

When the banners go up for a sale at one of your favourite stores, it is very easy to be drawn in to thinking that you are going to make a killing and get a whole new wardrobe at a fraction of the price. Yet when you come to it and actually try to find yourself a bargain that you are actually going to want to wear, it’s not so easy. But there are ways to make sure that you get want you want, at the price you want to pay.

There are a number of reasons why stores have special promotions. They can be used to quickly move last seasons stocks in time for the new seasons lines or they can be used to encourage you to visit the store so that while you are there you will continue to browse and buy further items that are not on sale. Or they can simply promote the name of one retailer over another to get more brand awareness. Whatever the reason for the sale, if there is an item you want and the sale is on then it can be increasingly frustrating when you can’t find what you are looking for or they don’t have your size.

When you visit even the best retailers during a sale the stock becomes mixed up and the stores can become so busy that when you do get to a rail, trying to find what you are looking for is simply madness. Shop assistants are so busy they do not have time to help, and when they do have the time, the stock is usually so confused that they can’t find what you are looking for either. With massive clearance sales you may even find that non sale stock has been taken off the shop floor to make way for the sale, limiting your choice even further. You can find yourselves spending hours in a store to finally find the thing you want and then having to queue for what seems like the rest of the day to make your savings.

The question is “Is It Worth It?” and I would say the answer has to be no!

If you want a relaxed shopping experience during a sale and want to see quickly and easily what a certain store has in your size and what options you have, then the simple solution is to shop online. With more stores promoting their online sales before they start and with an increasing number of stores starting their online sales a day or even two days before the sale in the store, the online shopping experience is the only way to go to make sure you get what you want at the price you want to pay.

Historically people have avoided clothes shopping online as it is impossible to try before you buy and returning goods has always been seen as difficult. But as more stores close their changing rooms during the sales and even more stores are taking their changing rooms away altogether, returning items, especially online, has become a very simple process, with a lot of the stock being picked up from your door free of charge. By sale shopping online you can also get to the store a lot earlier. Who wants to be queuing for hours in a high street for a store to open at 5am when you can set your alarm for a few minutes before hand and get all your bargains whilst drinking a cup of coffee in a warm, relaxed and friendly environment. There is no pushing and shoving to get to the rail first and it is quick and easy to find out whether they have an item in your size.

The Do’s and Don’t’s of Sales Shopping

If it seems too early to be thinking about the January sales, think again! In this bleak financial market, the sales will be starting much earlier this year as retailers try to tempt us to part with our money. So what is there to think about? How do you plan for the sales? If you usually wander around them aimlessly picking up a few ‘bargains’ here and there, things that you don’t really need and later regret buying, read on…

1. Avoid the shops that roll out rails and rails of clothes stock from previous seasons. If no-one wanted them in Winter ’07 or ’06, why would you want them now?

2. Avoid high fashion items that are on their way out. Instead look for good quality investment items that won’t date such as cashmere sweaters, leather jackets and wool coats. You’ll be able to wear them for seasons and seasons to come and will be proud that you got such a good bargain.

3. If you come across an item that you really love but can’t afford in this season’s collections, don’t despair. Keep an eye on the price tag throughout December to see if the price falls drastically. If not, find a helpful assistant and ask when the item will be going in the sales and what the price will be. Sales assistants often have this information and by asking them for it you can ensure that you turn up on the right day, at the right time and go away with something you really want.

4. Have a good look through the underwear section. A certain design or colour of bra might not have been the season’s best-seller but if it is the right size and does the job it doesn’t matter – most people will never see it! Often bras can be picked up for half price or lower in the January sales and although they may not end up being your favourite special occasion bras they’re ideal for everyday use.

5. If you’re a regular attendee of glitzy evening events, parties and balls, plan ahead and get your cocktail dresses in the sales. There is usually a good selection left over after Christmas and they won’t date too quickly.

6. As with all clothes shopping, make sure the items you buy really suit your colouring and show off your figure. If you’re not sure about the colours and styles that suit you best, book a colour analysis and style consultation before you hit the sales. The initial cost may seem expensive but in the long run they will save you money on costly mistakes. Alternatively, why not book a style consultant for some personal shopping. They will give you an honest opinion and won’t let you buy unflattering items just because they are cheap. Instead they will find you bargains that really bring out the best in you.

Tips for Sale Shopping

I remember when I was growing up, venturing up to Oxford Street most years on 27th December and waiting for the stores to open, it was part of Christmas week traditions for our family. A chance for us to get out of the house after a few days all being sat round together, to look for bargains. The initial 2 hours of sale shopping was usually followed by a cake and hot chocolate around 11am (as if we hadn’t already eaten enough… !). I am sure some of you can identify with that habit and excitement whilst others recoil in horror at the thought. It really is a ‘Marmite’ situation!

Nowadays of course, the sales begin long before Christmas. When I ventured to the shops at the weekend to get the last few gifts, there were many temptations for myself! Whether we like the ritual of conscious sale shopping or not, most of us like a bargain and most of us have bought things we later regret, whether it be that discounted coffee maker (my parents!) or the heavily discounted designer jacket.

Certainly when it comes to clothing, it’s easy to be coerced into buying something because it is ‘cheap’. However, it is very expensive if you then never wear it! You are not alone if you have items in your wardrobe with the labels still on, many of my clients do. So here are my top tips for making sure you make wise purchases in the sales if you are going rather than ending up with items that in reality you will never ever wear.

They might not be rocket science points but most people won’t have considered them before coming back laden with bags!

    • Look in your wardrobe before you head out, we all forget what we have lurking in there. It’s disappointing to come back with something that is a carbon copy of something you have already. Yes black trousers are versatile but do you really need 5 pairs?
    • Identify items in your current wardrobe that you don’t wear and would like to. If it’s because they don’t go with anything, think carefully about what they would go with so you can look for those clothing items, accessories and shoes.
    • Make a list of 3 things you want to look for and decide in your mind how many more you’re prepared to buy so you have something to aim for.
    • Set a budget, how much are you prepared to spend?
    • Visit shops that are a higher price bracket than you would usually go to. Often the discounts are heavier and you’ll get a higher quality item. Remember the cost per wear equation. If it’s a staple such as a nice jacket that you’ll wear to work several times a week, it’s worth spending a bit more on it so it remains looking good.
    • Don’t be swayed by sales assistants or even others in the changing room. They can’t always be trusted. If you know you suit charcoal grey much better than black then stick to that.
    • Unless you are really sure, buy from shops where you can return items, especially if you want to check out how they combine with existing items in your wardrobe.
    • If it’s an item in an accent colour i.e. a colour other than black, brown, grey, navy or white then think about what else it will go with in your wardrobe. Avoid buying a load of tops or shirts that only go with black trousers or jeans. If you are doing that and are female, make sure you have some accessories/shoes to match it so your outfit looks well thought through.
    • Ask yourself if you really like each item you are considering buying. Would you consider it if it was full price?

If you are female, wear clothing that is easy to remove to try things on, tights are usually a good option as you can put trousers over them and skirts over them to check dresses and skirts work.

 

How to Find Yard Sales on Craigslist

Are you a deal seeker? Some of the best deals are found at yard sales. If you are new to yard sale shopping, you may be unsure how to find information on local sales. Although many garage sale hosts advertise in local newspaper classifieds, this costs money. On the other hand, it is free to post a yard sale listing on Craigslist.org. That is why more people are doing it.

How can you use Craigslist to learn about local sales? There are two steps you can take. One involves searching and the other involves browsing.

Whether you search or browse yard sale postings, you must visit the Craigslist.org website. Then, select your state and city. If you wish to search, make your way to the search box on the left-hand side of the page. Search with the phrases “yard sales” or “garage sales.” If you wish to browse, look at the headings on your city page. Under the for sale category, you will see a section for garage sales.

By implementing the above mentioned steps, you will receive a list of area yard sales. Since Craigslist is city based, but only uses a limited number of cities, you will get lots of information on area yard sales. However, some may not be so local. Weed out these. Luckily this is easy. Most yard garage sale hosts will state their city or town name in their headline. You can see right away which yard sales are within a reasonable driving distance. Grab a pen and paper to take notes. Write down the date, time, and location of each yard sale you are interested in visiting. You can later use this as a guide to map out your route.

In addition to using Craigslist to find local yard sales, you can also use the website to shop. Sellers have a wide range of items listed for sale, including clothes, toys, movies, books, home decor, exercise equipment, cars, and more. Using the same steps above, you can browse or search these listings. Many bargain shoppers find the service to be a nice alternative to yard sales. To buy on Craigslist with ease, download the free Craigslist Reader to perform multi-city searches. Find the best deals in all nearby areas in minutes!

Breaking Free From Shopping New

If you are used to being able to go out and get something anytime you want regardless of the price, you may be a slave to shopping new. If I need a vase for my party Friday night and I head right down to the local department store searching for a size and color that will fit the arrangement, I am not saving myself any money. Your creative juices are flowing because you are creating a thing of beauty, but you expand your creativity to include doing it for less. Break free by strolling into the thrift store, resale shop, or garage sale. You may be surprised to find items not found in any store currently that could be fashioned inexpensively into a one of a kind dollar special. It can become an actual treasure hunt for potential.

We are not avid garage salers out at the crack of dawn waking up potential patrons so that we can get a look-see at what might be of value, but it is fun to be out on a Saturday morning stopping by potential gold mines. Garage sale shopping, like anything else, is in need of moderation. To simply accumulate things for the sake of “someday” is a money drain, but if you are looking for filling needs for pennies, you are on the right track.

One morning, we zipped around at one sale that had three different patrons displaying their goods. I didn’t have any one thing in mind as I browsed. I came across a vase that stuck in my mind for several minutes. It was the perfect shape for an arrangement I had purchased for an upcoming anniversary party. I did not want it galvanized as it was, but I looked beyond the color and examined the texture and shape. It was perfectly suited for my arrangement.

I took it home and rinsed the galvanized metal with vinegar so that it could be spray painted. A can of basic spray paint is no more than a dollar. After a few coats, it looked as if I had spent $15 when in reality it cost a mere $2, paint included. This is one of hundreds of stories that exist when we focus on an item’s potential use. Re-purposing makes us landfill responsible while putting money into our pockets.

Break the one-tracked mindset of looking at items for their surface value and start to looking at their potential. Extend this to clearance isles and other places you travel. You will be keeping more of that hard earned cash then you ever thought possible and break free of pouring money into the local department store.

Hot Tips For Online Sales Shopping

Hot Tips For Online Sales ShoppingIf you want to get the best deals on your shopping, without stepping outside the door, there are some great savings you can make by doing it all online. Some hot tips to remember before you begin your shopping are:

Be aware of the timing of sales

It’s a good idea to think about the times of the year when you will get the best deals. At this time of the year, the prices tend to be hiked up as people are starting to do their Christmas shopping. However, if you wait until just after Christmas, between the 26th December and right the way through to January, you will see lots of sales starting. At this time, retailers will be aware of how well they’ve done over the festive period, and many will be frantically dropping their prices in order to raise their profits.

Make a List

Prior to beginning your sales shopping, you should always make a list of everything you are looking for. It can be too tempting to rush in head first and buy items which you don’t really need, and more often than not, you will end up forgetting about what you are actually shopping for. Work out your budget beforehand too, so you don’t end up over spending.

Look on comparison websites

Once you have decided on the items you need, it is sensible to compare the prices of different retailers. There are various price comparison websites, which will do all the work for you. All you have to do is enter the details of your shopping list, and it will let you know the best prices. There is nothing more frustration than buying something, and then realising that another retail outlet is charging half the price for it. Savvy sales shoppers will always ensure they get the best deal out there. Always keep in mind that most retailers are crying out for customers at the moment, so there is a lot of competition going on.

Use familiar retailers

One of the problems with shopping online is you have to wait (and hope) for your goods arriving on time, or at all. Nothing is guaranteed with online shopping, and usually it is quite safe, but it’s advisable to only use stores which you are familiar with. If you use stores you have shopped with before and trust, you’ll have more peace of mind that your shopping will arrive at the given time.

Look our for shopping vouchers

These days, there are loads of vouchers and coupons offering great deals and money off for selected stores. You can sign up to money saving sites, or simply do a Google search on ‘money off vouchers’ for your selected store(s.) When you get to the checkout, you will be asked for a code, and the discount will be applied to your total cost. Some retailers may not offer this on sales shopping, but it’s always worth a try.

Keep receipts

As you don’t have the opportunity to try on the goods when you online shop, it is essential that you hold on to your receipt, in case you need to return anything. Again, some stores may not allow you to return items you bought in the sale, but some will, so always hold onto these. This may be in the form of an email, or a confirmation order number you receive when you have completed your shop.

Snow Boots for Kids on Sale

Are you searching for snow boots for kids on sale? Shopping is more appreciated when you get to choose from a variety of options. These options include color, size, design, style, brand, and most importantly price. A wider range of choices enables you to make a more educated and informed purchase. Spending just a few minutes of time could give you an even better discount on snow boots for kids on sale. Before you make the purchase, there are just a few things you should know that could save you a lot of money.

Internet Shopping Bonanza

Good thing you can easily choose from a massive selection of snow boots available on the Internet. The Internet is the single, largest available resource for almost everything in the world. The worldwide web offers a convenient solution for the busy parent. Given you can afford the time for delivery, with just a few clicks, you can have your selected pair of snow boots purchased and scheduled for delivery to your home.

Why Not Get the Best Deal Possible – A Discount on a Sale Item? Yes!

Buying snow boots is also more enjoyable when you are able to stumble upon special discounts or promos to get the product at an even more reduced price. Who doesn’t like to save money? Luckily, Columbia has made it all possible for you. Columbia wear is a proven standard when it comes to quality and durability at an already affordable price. With a few simple keystrokes, you can quickly sort through different styles, colors, and sizes of snow boots for kids on sale through the Internet. All you have to do is spend a little time, researching and reviewing the available options from the shopping page.

But Beware!

Easily generated search engine results are a great chance to get hold of something valuable for a reduced cost. Be weary of additional fees, taxes and shipping costs for ‘expedited’ delivery. Unless you are pressed for time, it is advisable to shop in advance and use the cheapest available shipping option. Oftentimes you will find that your product will show up at your door much faster than anticipated without the additional shipping cost. What may seem like the best price for snow boots on sale, at check out, may be more costly. These masked costs are typically added at the end stages of your purchase and may ultimately make your purchase more expensive at checkout.

Spend Wisely

Snow boots are a necessity for kids to obtain maximum protection against the winter cold – as well as providing the parent peace of mind knowing their child is protected. So, sparing some money for a quality pair of snow boots on sale to ensure comfort would not hurt your budget that much. So many of us have opted for the low-quality department store boot that falls apart mid-season and fails to offer the needed protection from the cold. We end up making a second purchase of boots, and end up spending more on two pairs of low-quality boots than we would have with just one well-researched, educated purchase. It’s a waste of money. Well, there are no worries with the Columbia snow boots. Columbia offers long-standing quality, reliability and provides multiple layers of protection:

  • Durably water-resistant protects from exterior wetness.
  • Man-made sole with stylish synthetic exterior thermal rubber and suede construction.
  • Unique polypropylene lining shuns perspiration and wetness promoting maximum dryness.
  • Proprietary Omni-heat technology retains generated body heat within the boot.

Don’t Forget To Ask for the Discount!

The best thing there is that you can access the product online at a discount. Before completing your purchase, search available, unexpired free coupon codes on the Internet. Don’t pay for coupon codes! This is an excellent way to save an immediate dollar or percentage discount and maybe even get free shipping too! If you’re having difficulty finding a current coupon code, consider contacting the manufacturer directly and request a discount coupon code before your purchase.

Garage Sale Shopping Business

You can make good part time or full time money from scouting out garage sale finds to get items for various purposes. First you might find a valuable treasure that only you could admire, and that is a find in itself. To find something you did not even plan on looking for, those are usually the best finds. It’s good to have several places where you can get rid of some of the stuff that you have now found.

Books are great for the Internet, sites like Half.com and Amazon.com sell really nicely, videos and DVDs sell very well there also. There are many thrift store type furniture stores that buy old desks and dressers to fix them up and resell them. There are always those nice finds when you get something for a few dollars you know will sell on eBay for ten times what you paid for it, sometimes. Keep an eye out for CD’s and rare albums, you can get a lot of money sometimes for the right collectors album, from record stores that like to buy stuff.

By far, the person that usually gets the best deal at a garage sale is the person who ends up buying the whole garage sale! These people can make a lot of money by taking everything there is, usually for a pretty cheap negotiated price, and the cheaper the better! The best way to liquidate everything fast is to take it to your local swap meet or flea market, and start selling early in the morning for the best prices you can get on your items. Then, towards the end of the day, have a $2 sell. You sell everything for $2. You can yell out as people walk by, over and over again, since there are usually new customers always walking by. People begin to buy more stuff because they the cheap prices. Then later, you yell out, everything for $1 each, then the more people will be buying and getting the items, after you sell a lot more items, you can have a.25 cent sale, this will get most of your items gone quickly, and you will have a lot of customers.

You need to talk loudly or yell just like a hawker on the sidewalk trying to sell their wares. After the rush is over, and you want to end the day, you have a free sale. Everything is for free, that will eliminate the entire load and what you paid for the original garage sale should of netted you a profit and you won’t have to take anything back with you and you will be done with that load.