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Six Tips To Shop The Sales

Six Tips To Shop The Sales

Is there seriously anyone out there who doesn't love a bargain?  It is that time of year again when the sales are in full swing and we let our fingers do the buying online, or we head out for a touch of exercise in the stores in search for the perfect bargain.  

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But what you really need to ask yourself is if what you are purchasing is really a bargain?

Performing wardrobe audits on thousands of wardrobes over the years I discovered most women “restocked” rather than “shopped”, which means they purchased many items because they were on special, rather than shopping for what they loved to wear and needed. In the long run, despite the sale prices, they spent more on their clothes and accessories than women who know what to buy.

A great sale has the potential to be a disaster that will leave your bank account empty and your closet overstuffed with items that you will wish you had never bought.

Here are six shopping rules that will help you come home with items that are real bargains and will make you look and feel good.

1. Budget

Before you hit the “buy” button or head out to shop, decide how much you want to spend on the sales and stick to this.  Don’t transfer money with your banking app when your planned spending money has run out.

2. Wardrobe Audit

Take an inventory of your clothing, looking for holes or gaps in what you own. Write a list of items that you need that will be both what you know you will wear as well as versatile.  A tip is to plan to only buy items that you can wear with five other items you already have. This way you will get what you need, not what you see and suddenly want.

3. Be Firm

Now that you have your list of wardrobe needs, stick to it.  If you have five t-shirts that are in good condition and exactly the same cut, you probably don't need another one, no matter how low the price is.  Your aim is to shop and not restock.

4. Remember Your Personal Style

What are the styles you love?  If you don't love prints, then stay away from the flowery or embellished top.  If your personal style is classic, then the Boho dress will look great on the hanger but not on you.  (But if your waste your money getting it as a bargain, your girlfriend who loves a Boho style will love it when you pass onto her!)

 5. Prices

Don't let the low price seduce you into purchasing, no matter how expensive it originally was, or which label it belongs to.  Again, you will be wasting your money if it doesn't suit your style or fit your body shape. It will sit in your wardrobe, never to be worn once you have hung it there.

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6.  Knowledge

Read our eBook "Your Ultimate Style" to learn what styles of clothing suit you and how to build a capsule wardrobe, which is a wardrobe with minimal clothing that you can mix and match every day.

 

 

Carolyn Rowland is a qualified NLP Master Therapist, Advanced Practitioner of Matrix Therapies, Time Line Therapist, Practitioner of Hypnotherapy, has a Diploma for Business and Life Coaching and A Professional Image Stylist.  Carolyn is happily married to her husband Simon, and raised four beautiful children, who are now young adults and a teenager.

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