Monday, December 29, 2008

Shopping the Holiday Sales!

It's back to work after the busy holidays. . .and for me. . .this means battling the massive crowds at the mall! The struggling economy is also making this year the BEST for after Christmas sales! Every store I have been in has had amazing sales, plus additional percentages off! But don't fall into the trap of impulse buying. . .and don't get overwhelmed by crowds and messy racks.

Here are a few tips to help make your shopping trip a little easier from parking to checking out:

1. Wear comfortable clothes: this doesn't mean to show up in pajamas. . .but choose casual jeans, flats and a sweater. Make things simple to change in and out of to make trying on clothes easier. 
2. Avoid parking decks: parking decks are a mad house around the holidays. . .instead try to find a parking spot in one of the outside lots near a department store.

3. Leave your coat in the car: prepare for stores to be hot and crowded, a coat is just an extra layer to have to hold onto. Suck it up for the walk into the mall, and you will be glad to not have to keep up with a bulky coat.

4. Pack a snack: The food court will be a zoo during sale season, so be sure to pack a protein bar to hold off any hunger pains! Also be sure to pack a bottle of water to stay hydrated in the heated stores!

5. Remain Calm: Don't get overwhelmed by crowded stores and messy racks. Take your time and tune out the crowds. Also, don't be discouraged by long lines for the fitting room or cash register. They tend to move pretty quick. 

6. Website shop: check out websites of stores before you shop to get an idea of some items you might be looking for! 

7. Don't get sucked in: Don't buy something just because it is on sale. If it is something you have been waiting to go on sale, buy it. Otherwise stick to items that you can wear now as well as into Spring. 

8. Know upcoming trends: By knowing what will be popular next season you can score some great sale items that you can wear longer. Check back later this week for my thoughts on what will be big for Spring!