It’s very common for malls and shopping centers to host a sale especially during holidays. They come up with different types of schemes, such as three-day sale, buy one take one, or 50 to 75 percent discount on selected items. Other stores offer gift certificates as well as credits to their membership cards. Their strategies include scheduling these during payday weekends.
Shopping at women’s clothing stores is fun during a sale, but you’ll probably encounter a few problems that are inevitable. So before raiding the nearest mall near you on a sale day, consider these tips to make sure your shopping spree will be a success
- Do your research. Your favorite store probably has an active social media profile, given how powerful these platforms are for ecommerce. For sure, they have posted on their page about the sale. Check out their advertisement to see what items to expect during the sale. There will be particular brands or stores that will participate, so check if your preference is included there.
Researching beforehand will give you an advantage because you already have an idea of where to go first and what possible items to buy. For example, If you’ve been wanting to buy a swimwear from a popular Qatar seller, check out if they’re participating. This will save you time, and you will avoid disappointments as well.
- Make a list. Some people make a list when they go grocery shopping on a regular day. Why not do it during a sale too? This will save you time and avoid confusion and impulse buying because you have a list to follow. There will be tons of items you’ll see, but if you have a list to follow, you can quickly move on and cross out each one you’ve written.
If you’re shopping for gifts, your list should include the names of the people you’re planning to give gifts and what item you want to give them. Be sure to include another option in case the first one isn’t available. And double check your list to make sure you’re not missing anything or you didn’t write an item twice.
- Sign up for membership cards or loyalty programs. Shopping malls offer their customers membership cards and loyalty programs regularly. These are very beneficial because the credits can be used for purchases as well. If you’re shopping during a sale, you’ll surely spend more than during your usual shopping day. So if you’re in their loyalty program, you’ll accumulate a lot of points that you can use for another day.
Also, some malls offer a special kind of perk to a customer if they have the membership card, like getting higher discounts, additional freebies, and more. So if you don’t have this card before the big day, you’ll probably miss out on a lot of offers.
- Check out promos from your credit card companies. If you own a credit card, there’s a big chance that you’re going to use it during a sale, whether you planned it or not. So if you’re going to use it, then better use it wisely.
Many shopping malls partner with different credit card companies during special occasions, so check messages from your credit card companies. They might have mentioned some kind of offer that you can use for shopping, like pay in installments, or buy now pay later. They might have even offered you a cash advance or loan. If you see one, assess them and decide what’s best to take advantage of.
- Be prepared, mentally and physically. No one beats the one who has come prepared. To make the most of your shopping spree, you should prepare yourself to avoid unwanted problems or accidents.
Being mentally prepared means you’re set on what to do or buy during the day. You won’t do impulse buying, you won’t get distracted by tempting offers, and you’ll stick to your list.
Being physically prepared means you’ve eaten a nutritious and healthy meal before you leave your home. You’ll never know how long it will take you to gather everything you need, so you shouldn’t go there with an empty stomach. A bottle of water in hand will also come in handy.
- Invite a friend. Shopping is fun but it’s even better if you’re doing it with a friend, because you’ll have someone to talk to, ask an opinion about something, show off your precious finds, and eat with, after a tiring day. So invite a friend or two and plan the day ahead.
- Be very early. The early bird catches the worm. Be there as early as you can, even before the store opens. This way, you’ll avoid large crowds and you’ll be able to walk through the aisles without squeezing yourself between other people.
You’ll also be one of the firsts to pick from the available items, and you’ll get one for yourself even if the items are limited. You can also avoid long queues at entrances as well as counter checkouts. If you’re bringing a car, you won’t have a problem finding a parking spot if you come early.