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Keep your head in the Christmas sales

Keep your head in the Christmas sales

Category: Money

Updated: 03/01/2017
First Published: 29/12/2016

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Tumbling into the shops with your head still fuzzy from Christmas Day's prosecco and a stomach full of cheese may not be the best condition to coolly analyse bargains and hold to a budget. However, sticking to a few rules can mean that you get the best from the post-Christmas sales.

1. Keep an eye out for vouchers

Hoarding any vouchers you find online or in the shops could serve you well when the sales hit. Savvy deployment of your voucher stash could knock even more money off a bargain purchase, so start collecting them now! You can check out our voucher page to get you started.

2. Sign up to mailing lists

Signing up to your favourite shop's mailing list could give you access to even more bargains and exclusive offers. Plus, you will get all the information you need about the sale, including start times and the hottest bargains still available. You may even get a heads-up about which products are enjoying the biggest discounts, so get online and sign up now.

3. Make a plan

Running headlong into a shop and grabbing the first thing you see with a 'sale' sticker on it is a recipe for disaster. If you don't want to find yourself wrestling with someone over a TV you're not sure you even want, make a plan of what you are looking to buy. Write down gift ideas for next Christmas, along with any products you have been coveting and saving up for - your easy access saving pot could come in very handy for those must-have items. Be sure to note down the shops that sell these specific items, too, as this way you can head to the high street with a clear idea of where to go.

4. Make a budget

Figuring out a budget is not the most amusing thing to think about after a Christmas of indulgence, but working out how much you can spend is definitely worthwhile. Having a budget in mind means you won't be tempted by things you don't need, and it will also help to prevent a financial headache when you get home and the reality of your purchases hits.

5. Compare prices

If your finger is poised over the 'buy' button, or you are standing in front of what looks to be a brilliant bargain, take a few moments to work out if it really is the deal of the century you think it is. A quick search online with your phone will help you to work out whether the item is really a bargain at its reduced price. If it isn't, leave it aside.

6. Keep your receipts

When you are pumped high on shopping adrenaline and eager to move on to the next shop, it can be all too-easy to stuff your receipts in random pockets or bags. However, keeping your receipts together will mean that if you have to return or exchange something, you have the receipt to prove your purchase. Receipts will also help you to tot up the cost of your sale shop so you can check that you stuck to your budget.

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