It’s the most wonderful time of year! No, not Christmas just yet. It’s the time we prepare for Black Friday, Cyber Monday and really and truly, at least two weeks of sales.
Some online stores start offering deals well before Black Friday and what used to be a weekend of special prices has now become much longer. Some retailers even offer deals from the beginning of November. It’s enough to send us all rushing for our credit and debit cards.
But hold up! Times are hard and while sales are great, I don’t want you to spend foolishly. You NEED to have a strategy. This does not only apply to fashion-related purchase but just about anything you will buy including makeup, skin care and hair products, home goods and even electronics.
Make a list and check it twice.
Do you love swimsuits from a particular website? Do you have an Amazon wishlist a mile long? Write down (or type up) your preferred stores and products. If shoes are your weakness but what you really need are a couple new work bags, put those on the list. Take note of it all and then narrow it down based on the other tips below. The aim is to know what you want before you start clicking “Add to cart”.
Be clear on your budget.
How much can you really afford to spend without depleting your savings or getting close to maxing out your card? Don’t worry about if everyone else will be showing off massive hauls. If you can only afford one $50 pair of shoes, that’s perfectly OK. If you’ve been pinching pennies and saving all year just for sale season, feel free to do the most this month.
Do your research.
Check which sites will actually have proper sales and if the deals will be on the items you truly want. Be sure to check as many product reviews as possible and take note of the store’s return policy.
Knowing the cost of shipping is also important, especially for my Caribbean readers. A while back I started pulling together a list of online retailers who offer free shipping. You should also take note of estimated delivery dates if you want an outfit for a specific event. Given the volume of packages being shipped at this time of year, you may not get your items in time for Christmas.
Bonus: Make technology work in your favour. Get on your favourite stores’ mailing lists so you can be among the first to know about discounts. Take advantage of any store apps, electronic coupons or promo codes which may be available.
Happy shopping! Let me know what’s on your shopping list?