Eight tips to get the most out of the sales

The post-Christmas sales can be daunting. Shops are slashing their prices as mega high street price wars get underway. But with millions of people expected to hit the stores, how can you ensure you get everything you need – and survive the chaos? You & Yours have been looking at the sales. Retail and shopping expert Samantha Fenwick is here to help.

1. Do your research

Go online and check prices before you go out shopping. Target the shops with the best prices that way you won’t waste time wandering aimlessly into town weaving your way through the crowds.

2. Check the returns policy

Shops often place restrictions on returning sale items, so check the returns policy before buying. Most retailers impose time limits for returning non-faulty goods, such as 28 days. If you change your mind about a product you have bought in-store, or you just don't like a gift, you may not be entitled to return it. Shops don't have to have a returns policy for purchases made in store, but if they have one they must stick to it.

3. Don’t buy anything on whim

There's a tendency to grab anything in sight, just because it's on sale but it's important to think clearly and calmly about whether you are making a saving and actually like the product. Ask yourself if it’s something that will go straight in the cupboard and never see the light of day again. If it's clothing, try it on. Then go for a cup of tea. If it’s still talking to you, buy it!

4. Wear comfortable clothing

There is nothing worse than going in and out of changing rooms and having to lace up your shoes all the time.

5. Some of the biggest price reductions will be on high ticket designer items

These types of products don’t go on sale as often. So if you’re looking for a new handbag or lusting over a pair of designer shoes- now might be the time to snap them up for a good price.

6. Take a bottle of water

It might be cold outside but the heating will be cranked up in the stores and all the lights will make you hot - you need to keep hydrated. Take snacks you don’t want to be held back by a rumbling stomach.

7. Arrive early the beat the crowds

Set your alarm. Don't forget to check when shops are opening just in case standard opening hours have changed.

8. Most of all have FUN!