Are you rushing out to the post holiday sales? A lot of people are. Some people do more shopping at the post holiday sales than they did even before the holidays. Now with the sale of gift cards, many shoppers are actually buying their own holiday gifts after the holidays.
But the post holiday sales aren’t always the best way to get a great deal. Sometimes its better not to shop even if there’s a great sale. Why?
Sometimes shoppers feel like buying more than they should. With sale prices and the crowd mentality, it is far too easy to add little items to your shopping cart without thinking. You can wind up buying items that you really don’t need, things that you aren’t going to use and items that thus don’t really turn out to be bargains. “It’s only ten dollars,” you’ll think “It’s only eight dollars,” in goes another item “it’s only twelve dollars,” and there goes another. That’s thirty dollars that could have been put to better use.
Sometimes shoppers buy the wrong things. After the sales stock in a store isn’t always replenished. The stores are all holding sales to get rid of their holiday and winter merchandise to get ready for spring. The majority of the shopping has occurred between Thanksgiving and Christmas. So what is on the shelves and on the hangers is really what is left. And what is left may really be only second best, and not quite what you need or what you really want. If you buy the wrong thing you aren’t going to use it, and that’s wasted money.
Sometimes shoppers attend sales out habit. Are you the type of person that shops on Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving)? Is shopping an activity for you, and not just something to do when you need something? If shopping is something you do for entertainment, then post holiday sales can be a real danger zone, because low prices mean that shopping feels easier and permissible because you can buy more with less money. But you really aren’t getting a bargain, you are just putting more and more of a balance on your credit card.
But there are so many things on sale. When can post-holiday sales be a great deal? Post-holiday sales can be a great bargain if you plan your purchases. Even just making a list on a piece of paper before you enter the store will help focus your mind on what you need to buy. Keeping that list in your hand will keep bringing you back to the items that you intended to buy, instead of all of these little tempting extras.
Post-holiday sales can also be a great deal if you do a little research. If you want a new coat, then visit some stores before the post-holiday sales to get a good idea of their merchandise. Or at least get a good idea of the type of coat you are looking for, so you have a specific goal in mind and you aren’t distracted by a lot of options, this will make you go through the stores much quicker and thus reach your shopping goals with ease.
Take advantage of the post-holiday sales and find the bargains that work for you, not the bargains that work for the store’s bank account.