Top ten tips for savvy sale shopping

It’s that time of year again and the sales signs are filling up the shop windows. You may relish the sales and the chance to grab a bargain, but how can you avoid sale madness and make sensible purchases?

1

Shop on your own, take your time, make your own decisions without any pressure and trust your instinct. If you love it, then buy it!

2

If you do need to take someone with you, make sure it’s someone you trust to be honest. Sometimes friends are just too polite and will say everything looks great on you.

3

Shop early! The malls are quieter, you’ll have the best choice of sales items and will be more alert too so all the more likely to spot a good bargain. Check intu Trafford Centre’s opening times here

4

Before you buy anything think of three items in your existing wardrobe that it will match. It’s not so much of a bargain if you need to buy more things to go with it.

5

Visit shops you can’t usually afford; the sales are a great opportunity to complement your existing wardrobe with special pieces rather than buying more of the same.

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Make use of personal shoppers. Before overhauling your look, get some advice from the professionals – they’ll be able to tell you what colours and shapes suit you so you know what to look for on those sale rails. Topshop has a great new personal shopping lounge and you can book in advance.

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Before you hit the shops research the trends for the next season. That way it’s easier to buy investment pieces that will take you through winter to spring. Summery tea dresses and strappy tops can be layered with knitwear so you can get loads of wear out of them.

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And look out for winter investment pieces; a beautiful cashmere sweater or gorgeous leather boots will be just as lovely next winter as they are right now so you’ll get your wear out of them.

9

Did you know most homeware stores at intu Trafford Centre offer a collect by car service? No more struggling down the malls laden down by bags.

10

Enjoy a well-deserved rest. When you’ve worked up an appetite you’ll find over 60 restaurants, cafes and bars to choose from. And why not end the day by letting off steam at one of our leisure attractions like Chill Factore, Trafford Golf Centre or iFly?

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