Next to my gym is a craft store. I don’t need any more stuff in my Christmas collection so, when I saw that “60% off Christmas” sign I ignored it. When I saw 60% off everything, that got my attention. I strolled in and found out they are closing. I didn’t have time to shop that day so I went back about a week later when I had time. This is not the first time I have shopped a “going-out-of-business” sale and thought I would share a few tips.
1) This is going to take a while. Do not be hungry, thirsty, need a potty or be pressed for time. Also, the kids are not going to enjoy this at all.
2) Do not feel bad for the store. Yes, it is a bummer they are closing. People will lose jobs and the city and state will lose revenue. Your purchases can not keep them in business at this point. do not buy stuff just to buy stuff. This will lead to your house looking like my basement.
3) Do not get sucked into the frenzy. The store may be jammed with people. Do not let them swipe your shopping mojo by making your feel hurried or pressured.
4) Carry a calculator. This way you can know exactly how much 65% off of $12.38 . Unless you can do that in your head. If you are one of those people, don’t snicker at me.
5) Use that calculator to decide if the sale resulted in a good price on the item. Take in to consideration how much you usually pay for that item. If you usually buy silk flowers at Hobby Lobby when they are 50% off, that is what you usually pay. Do not get lost on the idea that you are only paying a portion of the sticker price. Some stores will mark things up before they mark them down. You are your own best judge of value.
6) Do not buy stuff you don’t have a plan for. Sure, those candles are only 12 cents! What a bargain! Except, if you never use candles, then they are no bargain at all. I try to remember that for every item I leave at the store, there is someone else looking for it.
7) You must be decisive. If you come back tomorrow, your item will be gone. If you are debating an item, stand there as long as you need. Put it in your basket and walk around with it for a bit. Figure the price, how often you will use it, the draw of the thing. Make a decision and stick with it. You can’t beat up yourself the next day about what you did or didn’t buy. “No refunds, No returns” should be combined with “No Regrets.”
8) This is supposed to be fun. Fun! You are getting stuff you need and like and want for a great price! If you spend more than your budget allows or feel bad about shopping these kinds of sales, you don’t have to go or take a shopping pal with you. My dad is not allowed to attend auctions unaccompanied because he once bought a digger truck. A public service digger truck that used to put up phone poles. I am not kidding. That may be a post in-and-of itself.
See you at the sales!