This time of year can be tough on your wallet – but with a little thought and forward planning, you can get the most out of the sales without breaking the bank.
If you’re like us, you get a little spring in your step this time of year, because June means the half-yearly sales are just around the corner. It’s easy to get carried away when it comes to bargains though – so follow these simple tips and you’ll have everything you need to dominate this year’s mid-year sales!
A little preparation goes a long way
The first thing you need is a budget. It doesn’t need to be too detailed – just a rough idea of how much you can afford to spend at the sales. With a budget to stick to, you’ll be able to make more sensible decisions when in store.
Next, have a think about the items you need, as well as the items you’ve had your eye on for a while. Check online to see if they’ll be on sale and where. If so, now is the perfect time to buy! While you’re online, have a look at what else will be on sale – it’s always a good idea to do your browsing before you can actually buy to avoid making hasty decisions.
Buy the product, not the discount
We’ve all been there. When something on sale is an incredible deal, it’s hard to say no – even if it’s something we don’t need, or even want! That’s why it’s important to make the focus of your shopping the product themselves.
Ask yourself before any sale purchase, am I only buying this because of the discount? If the answer is yes, you should probably hold off – give yourself some thinking time, then come back only if you really want it. This simple technique can save you hundreds, and help stop you buying films you’ll never watch, clothes in the wrong size and unwanted items that will just take up space around your home.
Finally, remember sales are supposed to be fun, so you’re allowed to be a little indulgent. If you’ve been working and saving all year, doing everything for everybody else, then don’t forget to buy something that’s just for you.
It doesn’t have to be big, but it DOES have to be yours alone. You can even let it stretch your budget a little (but don’t go overboard).
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