So Christmas is over. Yay! I hope you survived. But you're no doubt tired, hung over and sporting a newly acquired pot belly. You just couldn't leave those mince pies alone, could you? Naughty!
So why would you want to subject yourself to a manic shopping trip on Boxing Day? Because it is the first day of the January sales of course!
British tradition demands that you stuff yourself silly then traipse around shops looking at stuff you, let's face it, don't need. "But hey, it's now 50% off," well why didn't you say so. You have worked hard this year, and you deserve that thingy-ma-jig that does that, you know, thing, right?
After managing to somehow button up those jeans and squeeze on that jumper Grandma so kindly knitted you, consider these 5 things before embarking on that glacial unknown that is the January sales.
Go alone. War is never pretty. People, friends, family, kids and pets will only serve in slowing you down. You need to execute this with military precision. (Also the less competition the better).
Budget. Get those finances in order. Decide how much money you are able to spend and how much credit is left on those cards, if any. Bankruptcy is never the best way to bring in the New Year.
Be Organised. Make a list of things you actually need and the shops you are going to find those items in. Don't be led astray by those attractive impulse buys. If it has been reduced several times, there is probably a reason for that. Leave it alone.
Measure up. If it is clothes you are buying make sure you know your size. Hopefully you were organised and tried these on before the sales but do remember to bear in mind, there is a slight chance you have grown a little since your last outing. Also too big is always better than too small. You can always get a tailor to nip and tuck those extra bits of material.
Do Your Research. Why not do a pre-check online from the comfort of your own home. Make a list. Compare Prices and see if that item you wanted last year has been reduced. Perhaps you'll bag a bargain without having to step a foot out that door. Not only will you avoid the perils of the January crowds, but this gives you a perfect opportunity to finish up that box of chocolates. They have been staring at you from across the room this whole time haven't they? Go on, you know you want to.
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