January Sales guide 2018
We've got a whole load of savvy shopping tips as well as a run down of the best sales out there this January.
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Christmas is well and truly over (sad times) but the festive spirit is still in full swing. Everyone is looking forward to getting back to university, while important things, like exams and finding a new crib, loom large on everyone's minds.
The savvy shoppers among you will have saved up for the January sales or may have been given some dosh to spend on “something nice for yourself”.
For students, sales can be the best way to save money on clothes and the like for the new year at university. However, this doesn't mean that you should go crazy (you've got to eat, after all).
We're here to help you bag the best bargains with our list of shopping tips. If you reckon you're already a savvy shopper, you might want to take a look at our list of the best sales too!
Top tips to nail the sales
Top tip: Always ask yourself if you really need the item you have in your hand. Will it really improve your life? Can you really afford it? If the answer to either of these questions is no, don’t buy it!
Go with a plan of action
You need to know what you want to buy before you shop. Think of what you got for Christmas and then decide if you need anything else.
If you already have everything you want, then there is no need to shop. However, it's likely that you might want at least one thing.
Set a budget
This might sound boring but it’s extremely important!
If you want to save money when shopping in the sales then the top tip has got to be setting a budget. If you limit yourself to a certain amount of money then you're unlikely to go over.
Don’t “trade up”
This is a common sale item mistake. As an example, imagine there's a pair of speakers you want for your computer that would suit you perfectly, but they’re not on offer. You then see the next version up which is on offer but still more expensive.
Try not to be too enticed by the sale item and stick with what you need.
Obviously there are some exceptions to this rule, like if you think the traded up item is incredible value despite being more expensive than what you need.
Shopping is not a sport
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Please don’t treat the January sales (or any sales for that matter) like it’s just a bit of fun.
You might tell yourself that you fancy “window shopping”, but trust us – the bargains are very hard to avoid once you get to the shops. If you think you can’t avoid splashing the cash, it might be worth steering clear of the shops.
Do you really need it?
If you find yourself saying something like “oh wow, those 70s style mustard coloured flares are 90% off”, it might be time to step away from the sales…
Once you're shopping you need to make sure that you're buying things that you have put on your list. Don't be tempted by prices alone.
Double check the price
Even if something is a whopping 90% off, it doesn't mean that it's a good price. The luxury pair of socks you are looking at may still be £100.
Be sensible and check the price as well as the percentage that you're saving.
Use your student discount
It’s always worth whipping out the plastic and asking. What’s the worst that can happen?
This comes without saying. Obviously there are certain things you can only get in one shop, but have you looked around for the alternatives?
Take your sweet time
You have time on your side.
Lots of the sales last until the end of January, and some items on the sales might never even go back up in price.
If you shop online then it's easier to shop around as well as compare prices in a number of stores.
Not only that, but you can save yourself time by not joining the huge sales queues. Plus, you save money on transport too!
Just check out our handy list of online sales at the bottom of this page.
If you're into your fashion then you may know what the next trend will be. Also, think of summer!
It may be winter now but summer is not many months away (hoorah!), so if you can find any summery items in the sale, think about snapping them up.
Avoid impulse buys
If you’re coming to the end of the day and you haven’t bought anything, it might be best to just head home empty-handed.
Don’t just pick up something for the sake of it because you’ll regret it when you get home.
Know your rights
Nothing changes in the sales and the same rights will apply all year round.
Not sure what your rights are? It might be worth checking out our awesome consumer rights guide.
Be a happy shopper
This should go without saying but always make sure you are courteous to other shoppers and staff.
It’s important not to get caught up in the sales hype.
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You can look through all of the sales and our current deals on offer in the new & improved student deals section of the site.
If you spot any more please let us know in the comments below 🙂