Who doesn't love a great sale? No one is the correct answer. But sifting through all those deals either in stores or online can easily find you spending a lot more money than you planned or can afford to spend. There a few key tips to remember when maneuvering through the sales and coming out with great deals you can actually use and won't regret later.
Make a Budget and Stick to It
Does this sound like you? You start out looking for the perfect pair of jeans for about $50 and you end up buying a pair marked down to $120. "But they were on sale for 50% off," you exclaim. Yeah, we've all been there. If it wasn't a pair of jeans, it was a dress, or a pair of shoes. It's understandable how this situation can happen. When you start shopping and seeing all the deals, especially the designer ones, it's easy to get off track fast. The best prevention is a solid budget for your shopping excursion. Just be sure to adhere to the budget no matter how deep the discount is.
Budget friendly sale to check out: The Limited. Take 40% off your entire purchase with promo code SAVE40. The sale includes the wedding dresses already marked down to $59.99 or $99.99. That means you can actually buy a wedding dress (a cute one at that!) for only $36. Sweet!
Think Logically While Shopping
Shopping can be a totally emotional exercise. And consequently, you end up buying something because of the lovely color or the pretty ruffles. Try implementing a little logic to counteract all that excited emotion. If you see a pair of black pants slashed down to almost free, stop and ask yourself if you need another pair of black pants? No really, do you? My guess is you can probably pass on yet another pair of pants. Consider making a list of items that you'd like to purchase to improve your wardrobe. If you'd like to have a wear everywhere dress, put that on your shopping list. Or maybe you need a great pair of heels for work. Add that to the list. Using a list keeps your efforts focused. And put the list on your phone and not on a piece of paper. That way you can't accidentally leave the list at home. (That's right. I see you. :)
Buy with Purpose
This is the perfect time to buy the things you want to complete your wardrobe. Some more potential shopping items that come to mind are a great fitting pair of jeans, shoes that can take you from the office to after work events, or a winter coat that you'll wear for years to come. When the deal makes sense for your wallet AND your wardrobe needs, that's a deal you want to grab.
Choose Your Shopping Companion Wisely
How many times have you purchased something you weren't certain of because your friend was pumping you up in the background squawking, "You should definitely buy that dress. It looks really good on you?" Don't let your friends' fashion opinions cause you to spend money on things you should really say no to. Of course it's fun to shop with friends so don't miss out on the experience. Just be prepared to stand firm when they insist you can wear those $10 jeggings with a long shirt. Honestly, you really can't afford it.