Make the most of those post-holiday sales! / Laurence Dutton/Getty Images
Chances are youíve got a stack of gift cards and a few items to return this week. But if the frenzy for post-holiday sales makes you cringe, no fear. Weíve gathered tips to maximize your time and money.
Even if youíre suffering from retail promotion fatigue, pay attention to those announcements, says Tom Julian, a retail consultant in New York City. Use them to compare who is offering the most savings and flag specific days or hours when products you want will be on sale. Check out your mall website, which may run additional promotions and coupons.
Buy at the right time.
Stores are now, for a short time, putting hot items for spring on sale. ďItís an ideal way to score deals on clothes youíll need next season ó especially high-end designer products that may normally be beyond your budget,Ē Julian says. Just hold off on buying electronics like TVs ó youíll get better deals with Februaryís Super Bowl sales.
Overwhelmed? Get in touch with a storeís personal shopper. ďThey are already being paid, so you donít need to feel an obligation to spend,Ē Julian says. Theyíll wade through the disarray of goods so you donít have to.