After I moved to the US, a friend of mine came back from an outlet shopping spree with a triumphant look and a huge bag filled with everything she had just found for $500.
She showed me her purchases item by item: a cute small dress, which she bought for a future where she planned to lose 8 pounds, heels that were too small for her, so she bought them for her mother, a coat she wouldn’t be able to wear for a year, as Winter had just ended…
After seeing my friend’s purchases that day, I developed my Golden Rules for successfully shopping sales. I hope they help you easily navigate flashy offers and bargain buys…. Here they are!
- Buy something that is good for now.
A goal item may be cute, but there will be plenty of nice things for sale when you reach your goal.
- Don’t buy presents that the receiver may need to exchange.
Many sales are final, and there are often limited sizes available.
- Fashion changes, as do your needs and taste.
When you buy something to wear in the future, you risk all of these variables, and those garments are usually the first to be donated, unworn.
- Buy the size and color you would buy even if the item wasn’t on sale.
If you start compromising to get a deal, you will likely wind up unhappy when you get home.
- Sales are opportunities to buy better items.
Especially those that are more unique or higher quality than your normal purchases. Find your gems at a discounted price that way your risks are more likely to pay off!