Did you know you could potentially save yourself a lot of money by waiting to buy the things you need in the sales? It sounds obvious. After all, the very nature of sales shopping is to save you money. However, not all sales are good for your purse!
In fact, some sales can encourage you to spend more than you normally would. That’s why it helps to be savvy. Below, you’ll discover why savvy sales shopping is kinder on your purse and the types of sale items you should be looking for.
Brits commonly driven by sales
It’s no secret – us Brits love a good sale! A recent survey of 1000 consumers in the UK, discovered that 90% admitted a sale influences their decision to buy something. It could be they wanted to try the item but were reluctant to pay the full price, or they felt guilty splashing out when the item was full price. Whatever the reason, sales do tend to draw in a large number of shoppers.
The trouble is, most of us are spending just over £300 a year on things we don’t even necessarily need, just because they were in a sale. Clothing is a great example. How many times have you purchased clothing in a sale only to find it either doesn’t fit or you don’t like it? These sale items often end up just hanging in the wardrobe. So, while sales can save you a lot of money on the things you need, they can also encourage you to spend money on things you don’t need.
What should you buy?
So, what should you be buying when sales shopping? Well ideally, you’ll want to save the sales for larger items you’d otherwise struggle to afford. Large appliances, electronics and luxury furniture are great examples. They’re things you need or have wanted for a long time and in the sale, you can save potentially hundreds of pounds.
Basically, anything you could really use which would otherwise prove too expensive is a great investment. Sales are held all year round so it’s a good idea to keep checking your favourite stores to see what offers are available on the large goods you need.
Overall, it is possible to shop savvy when it comes to sales shopping. The key is to focus on what you need and what you’re actually going to use, rather than on impulse buys you otherwise wouldn’t have made.