Christmas is well and truly behind us, but the excitement hasn’t left. January has arrived and although some may feel like this month is one of the longest of the year, the sales make it all worth it, no?
It seems like from Boxing day onwards there is just non stop sales throughout the whole of January. The temptation to buy is more enticing than that camembert in your fridge left over from Christmas.
So, should we give in to that overwhelming hankering for that new teddy collar jacket? or, do you stay strong and only buy what you really need.
The January sales are the perfect opportunity to revamp your wardrobe and get your hands on that leather skirt you’ve been yearning over for months.
But do we need it?
Beth Sandland is a true advocate for making sure we stay conscious of our budget. She wrote a really interesting post about How to budget regardless of your income, which is super helpful if you’re struggling or just want to be more organized.
Although Beth is a full-time Blogger and often shares her latest best buys and favorite products on Instagram, she is conscious that the industry can influence us to spend what we don’t really need. OR didn’t really want in the first place. She has made the statement before “when it comes to sales think to yourself ‘were you going to buy this anyway?”.
Perhaps there is a staple item you’re missing from your wardrobe? Maybe you’ve got a few birthdays coming up, now is the time to buy.
Sales can really help us out financially, however, when turning to Instagram to ask if you shop the January Sales, a surprising 74% of you said No.
Intrigued by this statistic, I delved a little deeper. Why don’t you shop the Sales? Is it because it’s all last season? Perhaps it’s because you don’t have the luxury of a disposable income after Christmas.
A lot of you said it was due to lack of spair cash after Christmas. A few of you said that the sales last way past January so you’ll shop after payday. With only a small handful saying it was because it’s too stressful rummaging through the overpriced jumble sale that the high street shops become.
Are we considering the enviroment?
Despite finding the January sales a perfect opportunity to grab what I wouldn’t normally be able to afford. I do question myself… am I feeding the huge environmental problem of fast fashion?
*WARNING* Some of the following facts may shock you and possibly be triggers for some people.
In the UK alone a whopping 1.72 million tonnes of cotton is consumed every year. Two-thirds of all fibers used to make our clothing are cotton based. Cotton uses a vast amount of water to grow, placing substantial strain on the environment.
Not only is it strenuous on our planet, but it also has shocking effects on the people who are creating these beautiful garments we have in our wardrobes. 250,000 Indian cotton farmers have killed themselves in the last 15 years due to the stress of debt they accumulated through buying genetically modified cotton seeds to keep up with demand.
However, at the moment around 555,000 people are employed in the fashion industry in the UK. So, if we all started to buy les clothes, would this have a detrimental effect on those 555,000 people?
I don’t think there is just one true answer, but I do believe there are things we can do to help.
What to buy and where to buy it
As I mentioned before, making decisions, sensible (god I hate that word) decisions when it comes to parting with our hard earned cash in the January Sales, can make a huge impact to not only our bank account but this beautiful planet we live in.
I’ve come up with 3 Top tips to help you make good desicions when it comes to shopping in the sales.
Shop around and compare prices.
With Instagram becoming a huge space on the Internet to gain inspiration and shop the latest trends. It also provides a lot of shops selling almost identacle items but for different prices. So make sure you’re shopping around and finding the best possible deal.
Do your research.
One of THE BEST things about personal marketing/ Influencers is that you can put together your own opinion on items due to your favorite bloggers/YouTubers that have reviewed it (hopefully) honestly. Let’s say you’re looking for a new TV to watch all those amazing BBC drama’s we’ve been promised in 2019, or perhaps you want the latest google home. However, the one you’ve had your eye on isn’t on sale and the newer, slightly snazzier model is, but it’s still more expensive than the original. DO NOT be fooled. Doing your research on the “latest items” will help you know if the “sale” item is worth the investment or you should hold out and go with the cheaper,
Make a list.
Oh hello, miss organization. I love a list, they help me stay organized, feel a sense of achievement and help with my goldfish brain. Maybe your dear old aunt Enid sent some cash to you this Christmas, a perfect excuse to treat yourself, but use the two tips above to help you decide. OR you’ve got birthday gifts to buy for your nearest and dearest. How about checking out that Micheal Kors purse she was after NOW it’s in the sale, instead of near her birthday, in August.
My best sale’s this January
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