so I recently got a comment on here asking for tips for shopping July 4th sales but I thought I'd do one in general that would apply to any big sale (Black Friday, Day after Christmas, etc.)
P.S this blog post is for the serious shoppers... yes it may be silly but some of us hold back our shopping throughout the year (or try to) and let loose on a sale!
P.S.S I don't actually know of any huge July 4th sales yet because I'm going to be busy around that time so I haven't done any research yet but when I do I'll make another blog post!
- Do research!!! - any time there's a big sale, stores will open earlier. you don't want to be unprepared and show up too early/late. most companies send out special July 4th ads in the mail the day before so read those ads as they'll tell you the start time for sales and when the store opens. also research the actual sales, do you need coupons? is the sale only for cardmembers? does it only apply to certain items? etc. etc.
- Have a "game plan" - it'll just make things so much easier if you just plan ahead of time. for example, figure out where you MOST wanna go and go there first. if you go there 2nd or 3rd, you're gonna have less money to shop with which you might regret once you get there. also plan out what you want to buy, that way you don't end up with 15 pairs of shoes for example! those impulse buys can be deadly on your wallet and a hassle if you want to return stuff later.
- Better early than late - being early = you can take a breath and relax, finding parking won't be as big of a hassle, and you'll get to the sales early! bring a snack or something so you can chill in your car if you're early. or if it's a sale where you have to wait in line (black friday), just relax and wait in line. it'll be way better than stressing out because you're late for a sale! also if you're late, you might get there and realize that what you wanted to buy is all sold out.
- Carry only the essentials - sadly, there's people out there who can take advantage of you if they can. think about, big sales = crowds and crowds of people. they might see your purse unzipped or a shopping back unattended and make their move. I usually carry a crossbody bag with me and only carry a small wallet (w/ cash, cards, ID, coupons) and my phone. it also frees my hands up for actual shopping and carrying shopping bags. leave your big bags at home!
- Don't let stores fool you... - this kind of goes along with "research" but this is an important point so here it is separate! if you can, check out sales BEFORE the actual big sale and see if they're already cheap. if they are, make your move then instead of waiting because sometimes stores will advertise big sales... but in reality they're the same prices from before only this time with nice colorful signs designed to lure you in. if it is cheaper on the actual sale date then it's fine, just return your previous purchase. just because they say "SALE" doesn't mean it's actually a good deal.
- Relax - honestly, with all the chaos that comes on a big shopping day, it can get stressful. just go with a friend and have some fun! things ALWAYS go on sale so if you miss out on a sale one day, you're sure to find good deals another day.
& hope this post was somewhat helpful!