Despite having just received gifts galore, we can’t help but get a little spending-happy when it comes to the famously amazing Boxing Day sales. This year, we’re refusing to take our post-Christmas selves out to battle the crowds, and instead taking shopping expert Kathy Sheeran’s advice for shopping the sales online.
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RESCU: The best places to shop online are…
Kathy Sheeran: These days, just about everyone holds a sale on Boxing Day. However, it all depends on what you’re looking for. I tend to start with the big department stores online and look for sales that are 40% off or more to get the best bargains out there. These days there seems to be sales on all year round but they are even better over the Christmas period.
RESCU: How can we ensure we’re alerted to when the sales of our favourite stores are starting?
Kathy Sheeran: A little tip: sign up to receive updates from your favourite online stores. They generally send out an email when the sale starts and some let members shop the sale early.
RESCU: Are there any particular items you would suggest we stock up on during the sales?
Kathy Sheeran: Absolutely. I always stock up on manchester, pots and pans, and if you have young kids stock up on clothes for them now. Kids grow so quickly so buy up a size or two for next year.
RESCU: Is there anything you would avoid buying during the sales?
Kathy Sheeran: My number one rule is don’t buy something just because it’s on sale. It ends up just staying in the cupboard, and is a total waste of money. Write a list of what you need and stick to it. Don’t impulse buy, it can be costly!
RESCU: What kind of offers do you look for when seeking a real bargain? Percentage off, two for one, cash-back amounts?
Kathy Sheeran: Always look for percentage off; I’m not big on two for one because in most cases I don’t need two of the same thing. Cashback (not points) is also something I definitely look out for.
RESCU: Do you have any tips for getting the right size when shopping for clothes online?
Kathy Sheeran: Always check the size chart and when in doubt use a tape measure. Clothes vary by brand and country of origin so I always have one by my computer. If you are still unsure about the size, make sure that sale items are returnable by reading the T&C’s.
RESCU: What are your top three tips for keeping credit card details secure while we’re shopping online?
- When possible; always pay with a digital wallet option. I use MasterPass, because it’s in conjunction with your bank, so you know that your credit card details are 100% secure. Another benefit is that you don’t have to keep entering your payment or shipping details when you purchase online — this is hugely valuable when your pressed for time shopping in sales!
- Regardless of how secure the website may appear; never give your credit card details via email.
- To help avoid scamming, the website browser starts with https. This is a sign of a legitimate website.