Style Class: How To Shop The Post-Christmas Sales Like A Pro

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Christmas is fast approaching, which means that post-Christmas sale strategies must be solidified pronto.  Here are 16 tips to a successful post-Christmas season shopping season.

#1 Trade those unwanted gift cards for cash! 

Yes, cash!  There is a real Gift Card Exchange Day and it’s happening online here

#2 Comb the winter merchandise. 

It’s going out, and retailers are anxious to get rid of it.

#3 You can buy discounted food products after Xmas!

Christmas-packaged foods are majorly marked down after December 25, but they’re still edible and yummy!

#4 Check online!

Oftentimes, there are hidden sales online that aren’t featured in-store. This is our top 26 with the best deals going on right now :

+ Anthropologie: 50% off

+ ASOS: 50% off

+ Banana Republic: 50% off

+ Barneys: 60% off

+ Current/Elliott: 25 % off with code take25

+ Equipment : extra 25% off sale items with code take25

+ Forever21: extra 20% off ends at midnight

+ French Connection 60% off

+ Gap 50% off

+ J.Crew 50% off

+ Joie extra 25% off with code take25

+ LOFT 50% extra off

+ Lord & Taylor 60% off

+ Madewell 30% extra off with code youwin

+ Matchesfashion: 30% off and extra 10% of before midnight

+ Missguided  50% off

+ Net A Porter: 50% off on designer items

+ Nasty Gal 70% off

+ Need Supply Co 25% off with code winter25

+ Nordstrom 50% off

+ Old Navy up to 75% off

+ Revolve Clothing 50% off

+ Saks Fifth Avenue up to 70% off

+ Shopbop 30% off

+ Topshop 50% off

+ Urban Outfitters 50% off

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#5 Host a gift swap party with your friends.

If you have some gifts you want to get rid of, consider hosting a gift swap party with your friends to exchange your unwanted stocking fillers for something else!

#6 Come up with a game plan.

Have your plan ready before entering the store; it is easy to get carried away by pretty displays.

#7 Shop alone. 

Shopping for sales is a serious business and outside influences will just wreak havoc on your wallet.

#8 Don’t be caught buying things you don’t need.

Digest the sales associate’s pitch with a grain of salt. He or she is there to sell and make a profit.  Don’t let yourself get swept up in the hype.

#9 Thursdays are best. 

If you want first dibs on a pair of shoes you’ve been eyeing, your best bet is to try shopping on a Thursday. Stores know that most people come to the mall or the shop on the weekend, so they begin preparations on Thursday to mark down old merchandise.

#10 Research well!

Do research on what you want to buy to see which retailer sells it for a lower price or a greater markdown.

#11 Check your well known department stores first.

Department stores generally have steeper discounts than boutique shops.

#12 Stock up on holiday products for next year. 

You can grab decorations on the cheap, and use them year after year! They never go out of style!

#13 Be deal smart.

Don’t fall for the “buy two, get one free” deal.  It’s important to note that you’re likely to spend an extra £25 you wouldn’t have.

#14 Don’t splurge on party wear unless you need it.

Hold off on evening wear, party dresses, and jewellery until after New Years.  That stuff won’t go on sale until the party season is officially over.

#15 Use discount finders.

The Amazon Discount Finder is a great way to get the lowest available prices on the items in your shopping cart.

#16 Check the newspapers.

Surprise! As old-fashioned as newspapers might seem, they sometimes contain coupons and deals at this time of year.

The holidays are exciting, but so is post-Christmas shopping.  There’s hardly anything more exhilarating than hitting the shops with a purse full of gift cards!  What are you splurging on now and what are you holding off on until after the big day?

Written by Britany Powell