If you've read my blog for awhile or even watched some of my YouTube hauls, you'll know how much I love shopping in the Next Sale for the kids' clothes. I pick up so many great things and at a bargain 50% or more off. You really can't say no to those kinds of bargains.
When I first ventured to a Next Sale, I have to say, it was quite overwhelming. I mean it wasn't as if all hell broke lose over the last pair of pink glitter canvas shoes or anything like that but because it isn't laid out as neatly and a nicely as Next usually is, I really didn't know where to start. But I keep going back, every summer sale and every Boxing Day sale, because I love the quality of the clothing and the fact that I save so much money by buying in the big sales.
If you are thinking of going to your first ever Next Sale or perhaps you are a regular like me, I thought I would share my tips for getting the most out of your shopping experience and to make it as enjoyable and stress-free as possible.
Do you really get up at 5am?
So this is a question that I get asked a lot and the answer is yes, yes I do. The summer sale starts this Saturday 16th July at 5am in stores. I'll set my alarm for 4am and I'll be at our local store by 4.20am. Our local store isn't huge; it sells household items and children's clothing so it's a very specific market: parent or home owner/renter/DIYer. Because of this, it isn't overly busy and it is quite exciting waiting for the shop to open whilst chatting to other bargain hunters about what they are hoping to get. One year I did go to a bigger Next store and I would never do it again. I actually drove home from the bigger store and went to our local Next and ended up getting lots more there.
What I tend to do is go to my local store for it opening and then, after a shower and some coffee, I head to the bigger Next store to see what else I can pick up for the kids but also to have a look for stuff for Husband and I. I'm not the biggest fan of women's clothing in Next but I have had some nice bits in the past and there's no harm in looking. Well, unless you buy stuff...
Get yourself a Next account
I'm not even sure whether you can actually shop online with Next without an account but I've always had one and I find it super easy to use. It's really handy if you want something that's online and not in store and they deliver it to your local store for free. But one of the benefits of having an online account is you can get access to the Next VIP Sale. Slots are limited and not always guaranteed; there's some sort of criteria in operation as I've not had one for every sale, but it's quite handy if you don't fancy going to the shops but still want access to the bargains.
Another plus point of having an account is you get a store card after so many purchases or months with an active account. At first, when I was offered a store card, I said no way. That would be far too much temptation however I did eventually get one and I use it whenever I go to the sales. It's so handy and it takes away the need to carry a handbag, cash or to worry about your card getting declined if there are problems with the bank networks...I used to work in a bank and it can happen...a lot!
Have a good clear out and make a list
Whether it's for yourself or for the kids, it's a good idea to have a clear out of clothes that no longer fit and make a list of what you need. Generally I get the kids socks, pants, vests, jeans, t-shirts, jumpers and a jacket or two. I will also buy some key pieces such as a party dress for Charlotte or Christmas jumpers for next Christmas in the Boxing Day Sale.
Have a budget
Whether this is a cash budget or a budget on how much you actually pick up and buy, it's a good idea to set yourself one because it is really easy to go crazy. Buying things for the sake of buying things is something I'm often guilty of and there have been a few times where I've found bags of clothes I'd forgotten about and the kids either don't get much wear out of them or they've outgrown them.
Shopping is definitely one of my favourite things to do, especially when I'm buying clothes or shoes for the kids. Whether you are there for the store opening or you visit a little later in the day, go and have fun.
If you are headed to the Next Sale, let me know what you end up getting! I'd love to know. I'll also be filming a haul of everything I get so make sure you are subscribed to my YouTube channel if you want to see what bargains I got.
I filmed a video of my tips which you can watch on my YouTube channel!
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