The Cheat's Guide To Sale Shopping:
This year I completely cheated the sales – yes I did my sale shopping on Christmas Eve via my laptop. It felt all too wrong and very sneaky, but boy did it feel good. No endless queuing come Boxing Day morning, no disappointment when something ultimately sold out, and no over-spending! Hooray.
I set myself a very strict budget of £20 and limited myself to just the two items I had most desired in the lead up to Christmas and I am most certain that I chose wisely…
I allowed myself just the one purchase from Boots this year – I’m such a Boots sale junkie and truth be told usually want to buy everything from the sale, and if I had gone to the shop on Boxing Day morning I may have just been tempted to do so. So when I found out the sale had gone live, I knew exactly what I wanted....
My one and only purchase was the delightful Winnie Washbag, my love for Joules only deepens and this had been on my wish list ever since I’d bookmarked it in October! We already know how much I adore anything remotely cute or quirky, and this fits the bill perfectly. A floral horse washbag is of course what every girl needs in her life! £8.00 down from £16.00
My second purchase came in the form of this delightful Stamp Set from the lovely Miss Allsopp, ever since I received my first stamp set from Kirstie Allsopp's debut range at M&S as a Valentines gift a few years ago, I was totally inexplicably smitten...
This second set re-visits features from the first – the beautiful vintage print tin and darling wooden stampers. I knew this would be a set to treasure alongside my older set and of course bring me a lot of joy – this girl sure does love her craft. £8.50 down from £15.00
I must admit my top tip for avoiding temptation and splurging too much on nonsense purchases has to be shred those gift guides – who needs to look for more ideas when you’ve just been spoilt rotten over Christmas. Additionally limit your online browsing – those enticing 50% off sale emails need to be deleted straight away.
It’s also worth noting that because I ordered online I was cautious about delivery costs, I opted for free in store collection from Marks & Spencer which was handy and arrived just in time for New Year. Boots also offered an in store collection option, but it was only free on orders over £20, so this meant I did pay a postage cost but still came in just under budget, and meant I got it delivered to my door a few days later.
I felt like I was cheating doing my sale shopping on Christmas Eve – like opening presents before the big day, but it meant I got my sale shopping all done in one easy instance. Of course the thrill of shopping for the unknown will never go away and I’m sure sales used to be infamously known as the January Sales – but it turns out now they are actually before Christmas! Oh the irony.