You’ve volunteered, consigned or won a preview sale shopping pass. It’s finally time to shop at your favorite sale’s preview event. Here are 10 tips to make it the best time ever:
#1 – Make a shopping list
(Use ours here as a start!) Prioritize essentials for each child, as well as second and third-round picks.
#2 – Wear the right gear
If there was ever a time to break out the yoga pants and running shoes, preview sales are it! Easy movement and comfort is a must. #nojudginghere
#3 – Bring a smart phone.
Use apps like Amazon, Ebay and your favorite recall/product safety source to check reviews, pricing and safety features for those big ticket items.
#4 – Choose your tote wisely
Take something easy to move that won’t block the aisles. Large, clean trash cans on wheels, laundry baskets with a rope or leash for pulling or even IKEA bags are common choices.
#5 – Hire a babysitter
We all love our kiddos, but make other arrangements for them when possible. You’ll save time, effort and money during a preview sale. Have your babysitter’s # on speed dial. It’s the best way to check on the kids or send quick shots of those “Will they/won’t they” items.
#6 – Set a realistic budget
Know the total amount you can spend. Keep your budget in mind for individual pieces. Are you willing to spend $10 on a dress, but only $4 on jeans? Put it in writing, then stick to it.
#7 – Bring cash
If the line gets slow, sales may open a cash-only line. You’ll save time in line and resist the temptation to overspend.
# 8 – Snacks can be a girl’s best friend
Stash a bottle of water and protein-rich snack in your purse. Having something healthy to nosh will boost your energy and keep you going.
#9 – Bring a buddy
From hold each other’s spots in line to giving a second opinion, shopping buddies can double the fun!
#10 – Kindness counts
No matter how overwhelmed you get, being friendly will make every shopping trip better.