My family knows I am no normal shopper … I am not one for taking in a walk into town and window shopping or browsing the high street for fun.
I hate shopping on most fronts although 14 years ago I discovered ‘sales shopping‘ and although the first few boxing day sales shopping expeditions were not as productive or money-saving as perhaps they could have been I have been mastering the art for many years and have not altered from pounding the pavements to online sale shopping instead.
For me my first purchases actually come on Christmas Day evening … once Ollie is snoring on the sofa and Joshua is tucked up in bed I log on and spend an hour looking online at the high street retailers sites … not all sales start on Christmas Day, however you would be surprised at just how many are!
I always make a list of people who I buy for and during the browsing in the sales I only ever buy what I think will suit each person … in the early years I used to get carried away with just how much you could save that I over bought and found that I really didn’t save much money but by keeping to a list and only buying things to fit with those on the list it meant that I really started to notice the difference in my pocket too!
Other than saving money in Boxing Day and January Sales there is another massive bonus to me that means more than hard cash and that’s my sanity.
I hate crowds and hate the pushing and shoving that comes with being in busy places so by buying a large percentage of my Christmas shopping before Christmas it means I can enjoy the run up to the festive season with my family without the need for tears.
Don’t get me wrong I don’t get everything I need in the sales as often Joshua will change his mind on what he wants for his main present but throughout the year I save up things like my Tesco Clubcard points and use them to double up on toys and games in December to order the other bits I need.
This year I will be certainly looking to be more frugal and am looking for as many ways as possible to be wiser with out finances in 2016 and am going to taking some tips from an article in the Telegraph on how to save money, I only wish I had found it earlier, after all every penny counts.
For me I can’t imagine any other way of shopping these days … Do you sales shop?