Buying items at a sale can be an exhilarating experience. Here are a few tips to help you have a pleasant experience.
Sale! That magical four-letter word which can turn even the mildest woman into a fearsome warrior. The battle begins from the time she spots a sign with those distinctive letters. Then, she picks up the scent of a bargain and heads straight for the shop. The journey does not end there. Once inside, she may often have to fight her way to get to her target.
A sale is hard to resist. You will be lured in by the promise of a discount and may be tempted to indulge in a few purchases. Buying items at a sale can be an arduous process. However, following a few guidelines can make your shopping experience more fun.
Check if the Sale is Genuine
Many stores will hike their prices and then declare a sale just to trick people into buying their products. Another sales strategy is to offer a gift on purchase of items worth a particular amount. Do not get conned by these gimmicks. A good idea is to walk into another store selling the same products first and make a note of the prices there. Then, when you look at the sale price, you will have a better idea of exactly how much money you are saving on the product.
Carry Enough Cash
This may seem like a foolish suggestion but is actually very valid. Many stores will not accept credit or debit cards during a sale. This is simply to reduce the check out times at the cashier's counter. Before you start picking clothes off the rack, check the store's policy regarding payment options. This way you will avoid an embarrassing situation when the time comes for you to pay for your purchases.
Leave Kids at Home
Children and sales do not mix. If you are planning to attend a sale, it is better not to have your children accompany you, especially if they are very young. Almost all children hate to be dragged along from one store to the other. In addition, they will have to wait while their mother tries on a multitude of clothes. Children can get impatient and will voice their displeasure by whining.
If you are planning to have your children accompany you, make sure that there is another adult joining you as well. This way your children will not be left alone when you go to the trial room. Carry along some of their favourite toys or books so that they have some means of entertaining themselves while you are occupied. Also, make sure that you take some snacks and water along. Sometimes, your children will feel hungry or thirsty and you may not be able to leave the store immediately in order to pick up food for them.
If your sale is at a store in a mall, you have another option. Most malls usually have a multiplex. You could have your husband or the children's caregiver take the children out for a movie while you go to the sale. Then, when the movie is over, you could meet up with them.
Plan Your Transport
Before you decide to go ahead and buy your things, think about how you are going to take them home. Ideally, you should have your own vehicle, especially if you are planning to do a lot of buying. If you do not have a vehicle available for going to the sale, you are going to have to depend on public transport. In this case, the main concern is availability. Is a taxi easily available from the store or mall? Also, consider how much distance you will have to walk before you reach it. You do not want to be left in a situation where you have to drag heavy bags for a long distance.
Going to a sale can be a lot of fun. If you do a little advance preparation, you are sure to enjoy yourself.