Summer sales strategy

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Now that summer is finally upon us, the time for shops to hold their summer sales is here. These can be both exhilarating and exhausting depending on how you feel about bagging a bargain, and how you approach the sales. For a stress-free experience, it helps to plan ahead with military precision, unless you really enjoy the chaos of scrabbling through half-price bins and fighting over reduced items.

First piece of advice: go with a friend. Take a like-minded pal along so that you can help each other reserve desired bargains and have a laugh when you think the stress is getting too much! The next thing to consider is timing. If you go shopping at the start of the sales you are bound to get your hands on some good stuff before it all gets snapped up. However, if you visit the sales towards the end you'll find that prices have been reduced even further, often up to 75% off the original price!

Consider what you will wear to the shops if you are planning to buy clothes. If you wear something lightweight and easy to slip off or on, it'll save time in the changing rooms and prevent you from getting a serious sweat on. It's very difficult to make sensible purchases when you're all hot and bothered. In fact, sometimes it's even a good idea not to try things on. If the store has a returns policy that allows you to take back sales items, why not take your purchases home where you can try them with different outfits and take the time to really make your mind up?

Do be careful about grabbing things simply because they're cheap, many stores do not allow returns of sales items or only offer store credit and you could be lumbered with something bought in a moment of madness. On that note, it's a good idea to have a goal of what you want to buy before you set out. Try to be as precise as possible, stay focused and have a fix amount of money that you can afford to spend. To be really prepared, check websites that inform you of upcoming sales such as

Do you look forward to summer sales bargains or do you hate the chaos and the realisation that stores can actually sell their goods for a fraction of their usual price? Leave a comment and share your thoughts.