I’m not one to rush the doors on Boxing Day looking to bag a bargain (in fact, I spent many years on the other side of the counter, bracing myself for the mad onslaught), but I do try to put off purchases so that I can buy things we need at sale prices.
A bargain isn’t a bargain if you don’t need it, but if there is something you do need, then it pays to buy it on sale.
I save up during the year and then buy things we need on sale and with cash. It’s a good way to buy quality items that will last, without the hefty price tag.
Here’s a list of things we might plan to buy during the end of year sales.
1. Christmas Trim
Christmas trim and stationery are all massively reduced after Christmas, so now is a good time to buy for next year and save. If you’re a Christmas crafter, look at craft stores for discounted materials for next season’s craft.
2. Birthday Gifts
If you have family or friends with birthdays in the first few months of the year, now is a good time to plan and purchase birthday gifts. Why pay full price on a gift, when you can get the same thing at a reduced price?
3. Work Clothes
I always buy new work shirts and pants for hubby at this time of the year. Business shirts can be expensive, but they’re usually greatly reduced in the January sales. I get enough to last the year. It’s nice to do a whole year’s worth of shopping in a few minutes and save up to 50% of regular retail prices at the same time.
4. Socks and Jocks
Holey socks, batman! We save on undergarments by stocking up for the whole family, while it’s reduced.
5. Summer clothing
Summer clothes often go on sale after Christmas, so now is a good time to buy items for next year’s summer wardrobe. If you’re buying for young children, get a size or two larger than what they are wearing now, so that the clothes will fit next season.
6. Linen and Manchester
It’s worth buying good quality linen and manchester. Quality sheets and towels last longer. Good sheets are more comfortable to sleep in and quality towels stay soft without the need for artificial fabric softeners.
You can get quality linen and manchester for up to 70% off during the sales. If you’re building a glory box or stash of household goods to move into your own digs, use the old-fashioned lay-by payment method to benefit from the savings while still paying cash.
If you can hold off on the purchase of whitegoods, then you can get great bargains during the sales period.
Last year we updated our fridge. The one we had was still good, just too small now we have two children. We purchased a new and slightly larger fridge for half it’s usual retail price. This was a planned purchase, so we had saved all year and therefore paid cash. Because it was half price and because we sold the old fridge on Gumtree, we had lots of cash leftover to put towards other items we’re saving for.
If you’re buying things you actually need, rather than giving into impulse buys, then shopping the sales and paying less is a smart way to save money.
What items do you plan to buy in the post Christmas sales?
Melissa Goodwin is a writer and the creator of Frugal and Thriving who has a passion for living frugally and encouraging people to thrive on any budget. The blog is nine years old and is almost like her eldest baby. Prior to being a blogger and mum (but not a mummy blogger), she worked as an accountant doing other people’s budgets, books and tax.