Things to Keep in Mind When Shopping on Presidents Day
- Plan ahead. You’ll get the best deals if you review the sales flyers or browse around online.
- Consider your needs for the coming year. For example, do you need to get birthday gifts for family members or even house warming gifts to have on hand. If you know of items needed or wanted, you may be able to get those ahead of time at a much lower price.
- Determine what you really need and don’t end up buying more house clutter just because the deal looks too good to pass up. If you feel an impulse coming on, get the item but evaluate your cart before you actually check out and return things that aren’t still calling your name. After all, there are only so many throw pillows that will fit on the couch even if the pillow is really fabulous.
- Keep an eye on your budget. Decide beforehand how much you can afford to spend. Stick to your guns on it. It’s great to get deals, but it’s not so great to paying for them months later.
- Remember that some of the best deals are the early bird specials. Argh. I am not an early bird, but I know that if I want to shop on Presidents Day that I need to show up early for better prices and before items sell out. The hotter the deal, the earlier you need to arrive.
- Be aware that stores will be crowded, and crowds are sometimes not so nice. I’ve already seen tips for Presidents Day about taking a spouse to stand in line while you shop and then hand them items all along. That’s tacky. Don’t do it.
- Dress comfortably. High heels aren’t a great idea on Presidents Day, unless you enjoy maneuvering crowds and waiting in lines in uncomfortable shoes. This is a good day for tennis shoes, and no one is likely paying attention to shoes, unless they are the last pair in a size on the sale rack.
- Online stores offer an alternative for those who don’t really like to go out shopping (or not on a super busy shopping day) but do like to get deals on Presidents Day. Just turn on the computer and fill your carts. Frankly I find this easier than hitting the mall or our downtown area these days.
Happy Presidents Day and happy deal shopping. Let everyone know if you have more tips or if you land a terrific deal and want to celebrate with us.