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!

  1. Go with a plan of action

    tips how to get best deals in sales

    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.

  2. 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.

  3. Don’t “trade up”

    don't trade up january sales tip

    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.

  4. 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.

  5. Do you really need it?

    decide if you need january sales item

    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.

  6. Double check the price

    double check january sales prices

    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.

  7. Use your student discount


    There’s a few shops that will let you use your student discount on sale items such as Dorothy Perkins, Topshop and Jack Wills to name just a few.

    It’s always worth whipping out the plastic and asking. What’s the worst that can happen?

  8. Shop Around


    This comes without saying. Obviously there are certain things you can only get in one shop, but have you looked around for the alternatives?

  9. 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.

  10. Shop online

    shop online january sales save money

    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.

  11. Think seasonally

    seasonal buys january sales

    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.

  12. Avoid impulse buys

    avoid january sales 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

50+ Top January Sales

RetailerSale amountShop
Accessorize50%Check it out
Adidas50%Check it out
All Saints50%Check it out
Amazon70%Check it out
Ann Summers70%Check it out
Argos60%Check it out
Asda George50%Check it out
ASOS70%Check it out
Benefit Cosmetics50%Check it out
Body Shop50%Check it out
Boohoo75%Check it out
Boots50%Check it out
Burton70%Check it out
Cath Kidston50%Check it out
Currys/PC World50%Check it out
Debenhams70%Check it out
Dorothy Perkins50%Check it out
Foot Asylum50%Check it out
Forever2150%Check it out
French Connection60%Check it out
GAP60%Check it out
House of Fraser50%Check it out
JD Sports50%Check it out
John Lewis50%Check it out
Kurt Geiger50%Check it out
MandM Direct85%Check it out
M&S60%Check it out
Miss Selfridge70%Check it out
Missguided75%Check it out
Monsoon50%Check it out
New Look70%Check it out
Next50%Check it out
Office Shoes50%Check it out
Oxfam50%Check it out
Paperchase50%Check it out
River Island50%Check it out
Sainsbury's50%Check it out
Schuh50%Check it out
Selfridges50%Check it out
Sports Direct90%Check it out
Ted Baker50%Check it out
TheHut50%Check it out
Topman70%Check it out
Topshop70%Check it out
Urban Outfitters50%Check it out it out
Wallis50%Check it out
WHSmith80%Check it out
Wilko50%Check it out
Zavvi80%Check it out

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 🙂

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