4 Tips for Surviving the Sales Rack

Have you been shopping lately and seen all the great sales?  This is the time of year I love, stores are anxious to get their spring and summer clothes out so all their fall and winter clothes are discounted.  

I’m a bargain shopper.  I’m not organized enough to coupon, but I am a whiz at finding a deal.  I can recall in great detail bargains I’ve gotten like golfers can remember great shots they have made.  (I happen to be married to a golfer.  I’m always amazed at the details he can remember about a specific hole he played 10+ years ago.)  I once scored a great brown wool overcoat with fur lined collar for $35 when a local petite store was going out of business.  It fits like it was custom made for me.  I could go on for days, but I’ll spare you the details.

Through the years I have also had a lot of buyer’s remorse.  You know how it goes, something doesn’t fit quite right BUT… it’s 75% off.  I thought I could make it work, but never did.  I’ve also bought quite a few pieces with no idea what I was going to wear with it, but it was on sale so I just HAD to buy it.  In those instances either one of two things happened… either I never ended up wearing the piece and donated it after a couple years of thinking I could find something to go with it, OR I would go out and buy more things to go with the one thing that was on sale.  

After years of highs and lows of shopping the sales (and some training) let me share a few tips to help you avoid the pitfalls and spend your hard earned money wisely.

Surviving The Sales Rack Raleigh Moms Blog

#1 Buy with intention 

Don’t buy something just because it is on sale.  If you have never worn floral print pants before, don’t let the 90% off tag entice you.  Chances are you will never wear them.  The reverse is also true.  If you really wanted to try something new but didn’t want to spend an arm and a leg on a trend, grab them up and rock them!  You might find you love them and will have a great pair of pants you can transition into next season.

#2 Only buy things you know work with your current wardrobe

Before you buy that chartreuse blouse determine if that is one of your best colors and will it match with what is already in your wardrobe.  If you don’t have anything to go with your new sale item, it could end up costing you a lot more money in the long run.


#3 Shop with a strategy

This can be an awesome time of year to replace some work horses in your closet.  You know those pieces that you dearly love, but they might have seen better days.  I currently have a pair of white linen pants that I LOVE but I really need to let them go.  You better believe I am checking every sales rack I come by to see if I can find a good replacement at a good price.  


#4 If you don’t love it, don’t buy it

This is a good motto no matter what.  Don’t settle for something that is just ok.  Wait for that perfect piece.  Yes, it might take a little more time and effort, but it is worth it!  You will feel more confident in your clothes and excited to wear them.

Please share some of your best bargains in the comment section.  I can’t wait to hear them!

One Response to 4 Tips for Surviving the Sales Rack

  1. Brook March 10, 2016 at 1:48 pm #

    Great article Rachel! I love end of season sales at and Old for kids clothes. You can’t beat 50% off the clearance prices!! I get them new clothes at thrift store prices. Thanks for the tips and reminders.

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