How to survive the January sales 2016

Make the most of this year's January sales

The January sales can be a bargain hunter’s dream, but before you join the masses, check out our top tips on making the most of the sales and getting the best deals.

Think about what you actually need. It’s easy to get carried away when you see plenty of sale tags but avoid spending a fortune by having a list of pieces that were looking a little tired and worn at the end of the year and need replacing.

Go alone. Be warned, January sale shopping is not a luxurious affair where one can stop for coffees and chat on the phone. Fellow shoppers are out to catch the best bargain – you had better get fishing.

Use the vouchers you received at Christmas. By using them on sale items you will get twice as much for your money! Shop for those pieces you were hoping for but Santa didn’t get you at the best rates.

Search the Internet and ecommerce sites before you hit the stores so you know what to expect and what prices you are bargaining with. Preparation is key when tackling January sales.

Plan your route and head to the most popular stores first. Crowds increase during the middle of the day, and also last thing in the afternoon, so try to avoid congested places at those times.

Your consumer rights on sale items are exactly the same as when you buy normal goods, so don’t be afraid to return purchases if they have defects.

Head to the shops and brands you are loyal to and familiar with the floor plan. It may have changed slightly in the sale, but generally you will know exactly where items are and be in and out in a flash.

If you can’t face the crush of the January sales, you can shop online. Many stores offer the same, if not better, sale discounts on their websites, so you can shop from the comfort of your home.

Go equipped – wear comfy shoes and carry a bottle of water in your bag. If you’re heading for a shopping centre, leave your coat in the car. Shops can get really hot, even more so when they’re busy.

Head to big department stores where you can get everything you need in one spree. It saves wondering the blisteringly cold streets in January and will save time – you will thank us later.

Don’t forget to check out our pick of the best high street sales before you hit the shops!

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