As we get closer and closer to the end of the calendar, retailers are offering amazing end-of-the-year deals. And those sales can seem mighty tempting. But just because a store has slashed its prices doesn’t mean you should be in a rush to buy. Here are a few tips to help you figure out what a good buy is and what should be left on the shelf.
Ask yourself how much you really need or want what’s on sale. Just because that 100 piece makeup set is half price doesn’t mean that any of the shades will look good on you, let alone whether you’ll even make a dent in any of the palettes.
If you need to give a gift, an end-of-the-year bargain might seem like the perfect solution. Before you whip out your wallet, think about the recipient. Does your boyfriend really need another sweater (especially one with reindeer on it)? It’s better to give something that costs a little more money that the receiver will like than to buy something which he or she will hate because it was on sale.
Factor in taxes and shipping. That fantastic deal on a Caribbean vacation won’t seem so great when you realize the taxes cost more than the airline ticket. Shipping costs can also make an awesome deal more expensive and less worth it.
Sometimes, these end-of-the-year sales are final. If you don’t love your purchase, you’re stuck with it. Read the fine print before buying.