Shop smart in the January sales
Shopping in the sales can be something of a rollercoaster journey. One moment you spot the buy of your life, the next you find out it’s sold out in your size. Never fear though, Quidco is here with some handy hints and tips to help you overcome the stresses and strains of shopping in the New Year.
Every second counts when the sales start so it’s always an advantage to know exactly what you want. To ward off the chances of panic and impulse buys make a list of things you need and things you want. It is important to differentiate between the two and could help you make tough choices when faced with a tight budget. If you are gearing up to a High Street spending spree identify which shops you think will be most busy and visit them first. If you’re planning to try on clothes, save time by wearing garments you can easily strip off. Wear comfortable shoes if you’re likely to spend the whole day on your feet and be prepared to be patient. Consumer rage isn’t a pretty trait.
Do your research
It has never been easier to ensure you get the best deal. After you’ve made your list check price comparison websites to work out where you can get the best deal, then check Quidco for vouchercodes and to see if you can earn cashback. If you are planning to buy clothes in-store it’s probably a good idea to know what size you want beforehand – retailers love nothing more than shoppers who are too lazy to return sales goods. If it’s electrical goods you’re after know the make and model in advance so you can search quickly and clinically. Reconnaissance is key.
Make an investment
The January sales are a great time to commit to a big-money purchase with aspirational brands becoming far more accessible. Why not trade up a notch or two when it comes to buying wardrobe basics, or if you’re really keen to make a mark target designer labels for future special occasions. The New Year is also the perfect moment to upgrade home appliances, while planning a summer vacation can be the perfect fillip to those drab winter mornings.
Know your rights
Make sure you check the returns policy before you make your purchase. It’s all too easy to rush into a decision when faced with huge reductions only to later regret it. Remember that you may not be able to get a refund if you later decide you don't like what you've bought (you are entitled to a refund if there's a fault though). If you buy online, even in the sales, under special rules covering distance selling, you have a seven day cooling-off period from the date you receive the goods in which you can cancel your order and return your purchase if you change your mind.
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