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Shopping tips for the season

Torika Tokalau
Friday, November 16, 2012

IT'S that time of the year when shopping centers go crazy with their sales, trying to lure customers in for that festive season shopping.

Everyone knows Christmas time means shoppers tend to go overboard this time of the year, splashing out more than what they would at any other time in the annual calendar.

Be it clothes, toys, Christmas decorations, cars, house ware appliances—anything, something or everything will pull at your heart but the question every shopper needs to ask themselves is "Do I need it? Or want it?"

There are some mouth—watering bargains. But before you brave the shops or lunge at your mouse with intent, Telegraph.uk has seven sales guidelines to help you during this bustling shopping season.

Before you start, look in your wardrobe — then make a list. Avoid the easy trap of buying yet more of the same.

Yes, you may want it, but will you wear it?

Remain cool in the face of sales—induced mass hysteria. You are about to buy something because you love the idea of it—and it looks like a bargain: but can you imagine wearing it, and if so, when and where?

*Relish the discount, but never overlook the price

Anything north of a 40 per cent discount is giddy territory. Before you hand over that knock—down sum, however, ask yourself this: if the price was, in fact, the full price, would I still desire this item? If the answer is yes, carry on.

*Don't be distracted

Try not to quail when faced with feral fellow-shoppers and stores deploying every weapon in their arsenal to compel you to buy. Eat before leaving the house to ensure your energy levels stay high, and consider wearing headphones as you shop.

*Shop around

Spotted an unmissable bargain? Just make sure. If your contract allows cheap browsing or there's in—store Wi—Fi—a quick Google should reveal all.


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