Bargain hunting is not for the faint hearted – if you’re not prepared to sweat it out in long queues or have no bargaining skills, then you’re going to need a crash course in the bargain hunter’s guide. Experienced bargain hunters know the difference between a good deal and one that is as good as stale popcorn. Just because it’s free it doesn’t mean it’s worth it.

The early bird

The day before a massive clearance sale you can rest assured that you and 1 000 other people are coming for the same deals. If the doors open at 8am, there is no doubt that people will be queuing from 7am. Get a good night’s sleep the day before because the trick is to get there ahead of the pack and to do the opposite of what you think you should. Like it or not, but everyone’s thinking is the same. You need to get there by 6am if you want to make it to the front of the queue.

Prepare your kit

Wear comfortable shoes and avoid taking a handbag, but rather a backpack – you are going to need both hands free while dashing through the aisles. Comfortable, light clothing will get you through the day as well as packing a snack and water. If you’re lucky enough to have a pamphlet, circle only what you want to get and then get only that. There is no time for browsing and wondering what to buy. Your mantra should be: Get in and get out.

Knowing your store policy is a must

All stores have policies for returns and exchanges, but for some it may slightly change when there is a massive clearance sale. The policy for returning women’s underwear will be strict, but still find out what their guidelines are regarding other items. It will guide you in deciding where to shop and which places to avoid buying from. After buying an item on sale you may find that the receipt reads no exchange or returns. Due to the chaotic nature of all clearance sales, stores don’t want to be held liable for any damage that may occur to their stock. Always keep your receipts for those in case moments, as not having a receipt often means no returns.

The hunt for a bargain will always be on, but whether you’re tough enough to endure the challenge is up to you. There is no greater feeling than scoring a massive deal on something that would have cost an arm and a leg!

About The Author

I was born in the Eastern Cape, close to the waves. After getting my degree in Media, Communication and Culture, I knew it was time to make my way to a big city. Not wanting to leave the ocean, Cape Town was the natural choice for me. At first I thought the fast paced world of marketing. But I never forgot that what I'd always wanted to do was write. Now I'm a freelance writer, where my office is my bedroom and my platform is the World Wide Web. I live with my partner and our two beloved Great Danes. When not reading or writing you can probably find me on the beach or exploring nature trails.

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