How to bag a bargain

These days the sales aren't just about the Boxing Day rush. And with retailers probably feeling the pinch as much as the rest of us, the chances are there are bargains to be had even before Christmas. But sale shopping can be a tricky business and it's important to make sure you know what you're doing if you're going to bag a real bargain.

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If you know there's a sale coming up in one of your favourite shopping haunts, try and get in before it starts. Check out exactly what you want to grab in the sale and try each item on – that way you'll save valuable time by knowing what size you need when the rush begins.

For serious fashionistas, looking up next season's must-haves is a cunning way to ensure you're bang on trend, so check out designer shows in the likes of Vogue. But if there's a classic design that you've been after for a while you may find it's on sale – sometimes a timeless classic can be snapped up for a bargain price.

Go for non-seasonal buys. If you're in desperate need of some gorgeous underwear or some sexy nightwear, there are plenty of fabulous buys to be had that won't be out of fashion by January! Similarly, accessories such as gloves, boots and bags are often discounted, but be sure you avoid last season's 'in' look.

You might even find some summer pieces that the stores are dragging out in a last ditch attempt to sell them. Silly as it sounds in the middle of winter, neutral items can be layered throughout the season, and colourful summer jewellery can be bought for a snip.

But most importantly girls... set yourself a limit. It's all too easy to get carried away and then all of a sudden, the bargains turn into burdens.

If you've got any tips for grabbing the best of the sale bargains, why not let us know.