Sunday, December 26, 2010

Tips for shopping the After-Christmas sales

Gift-card recipients, bargain shoppers and people looking to exchange their gifts, make the day after-Christmas a big shopping day.

If you fall into this category, here are a few tips to make the most out of your shopping trip.

(1) Start early- To get the best deals, do not wait too long after December 26. You will risk missing out on the best deals and you will only have left-overs to pick from.

(2) Buy Winter Clothing- Especially a coat or jacket, often marked 50-80% off. Select a classic shape that will be in style for years to come. Plus depending on where you live, it’s cold enough to wear now instead of waiting until it is too warm to get much use out of them.

(3) Resist pressure to buy sale items- It’s on sale! It would be make a nice “early” gift! But would you have bought it at full price? Walk away and come back a few hours later. If it’s there, you’ve found a deal; if it’s gone, you’ve saved some money.

(4) Keep track of where you store “early” gifts and who the intended recipients are- Use next year’s calendar and record the storage place next to the date of the event. If necessary use a code only you will understand. This prevents you from having to go buy gifts because you forgot where you stored an item.

(4) Be patient- Especially in the return line. It will be long, so pack a little patience. If you choose to, do your returns on another day but be sure to check the stores return policy.

So use these tips and I promise your day after-Christmas shopping will be well worth the trip.

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