My How-To Guide for Shopping the Sales

There is an art to shopping. Honestly there is! And only the smart (or prepared) come out on top!

Over the next few days, I’m not going to do the predictable and give you Christmas gift ideas. Instead, I’m going to get into your head early and start preparing you for the next best thing! The Boxing Day sales!

There really is an art to shopping the sales and only the well-prepared will surface from the experience unscathed, clutching great bargains that they really will use for longer than the Christmas holidays.

Instead of giving it all to you in one hit, I’m going to try to keep you focussed on the job at hand by sharing different pearls of shopping wisdom with you over a few days…

So. First things first. What are your negotiating skills like?…

This is REALLY what he'd rather be doing the day after Xmas. And this is where the art of bargaining really begins...

Negotiating with Your Other Half

I love precious, rare gems. I call these gems “men who love to shop”. Sadly, I don’t own one. My gem is a little less precious and would rather have a root-canal or a colonoscopy than battle the shops on Boxing Day with me. It’s because of this sad state of affairs that over the years I’ve been forced to learn few survival skills that I will share with you now – if you promise not to tell him!   I’m pretty sure he has no idea how much I’ve manipulated the situation over the years, and now that our kids are old enough to not need babysitting, I’ve resorted to a few other tactics that also seem to work a treat. But remember timing is everything, so you have to pick your moment for any of these conversations…

If you have kids, or simply have  a partner who would make your day hell if he tagged along with you to the sales, it’s  important that you do one  (or all) of these three things:

  1. Guilt him into babysitting. In truth, he’ll  actually be flopped on the couch watching the cricket while the kids draw on the walls anyway, but I’m sure he’ll act like he’s doing you a huge favour  (eyes skyward, hand on forehead) by giving up the chance to go shopping with you so he can take care of the children!

  2. Tell him you’ll let him off the shopping-hook if he can give you a little extra cash. After all, surely you wouldn’t want me to max-out the credit card any further after the  pre-Xmas beating it’s already taken, now would  you honey?!

  3. Get him to chauffeur you to the door of the mall (tell him it will save you lots on parking) and to pick you up whenever you’re done. It will also help if he has a platter and a nice cold glass of wine for you upon your return! Tell him you are more likely to have the energy to model that beautiful  underwear for him after a long day at the shops if you haven’t had to battle the carpark crazies and have some sustenance to look forward to before you prepare dinner. Dinner will really just be leftovers from Xmas day, but you don’t have to tell him that yet, now do you?

Check in again soon for “Sales: Preparation Is Vital”…

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