Jan 29th, 2017, 01:55 AM

Les Soldes: Ready? Set? Shop!

By Korinah Sodahlon
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6 tips on shopping like a pro during the fierce French sales!

As the new year just made a grand entrance, stores in Paris begin advertising their big end of season sales. We all want to make our money go a long way especially during this time of the year.  To attack this beast with the utmost efficiency, you need a solid game plan. Ready?

Six | Know what you want to buy.


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Go in with an idea of what you need. It will lessen the chances of overspending on things that you don’t really want solely because they are on sale.

Five | Check different stores.


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Don’t spend all your money in one place. Peruse the selections of different stores to compare deals. This will increase your exposure to a range of prices which will allow you to successfully judge the reductions you are getting.

Four | Be open to possibility 


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Each location has different inventory. Don't settle for your favorite place; check out what they have on sale in different parts of the city, you will be able to find a wider variety of items.

Three | Don’t do all your shopping the same day.


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The soldes are not a one day event.  In each store, clothes are recycled and switched out every few days. What you will find in H&M on Monday may be sold out by Thursday and replaced. Sometimes, items are marked down a second or even third time! Additionally, you will be able to gage which stores have better deals for particular pieces you are in the market for; and you won’t be tempted to buy everything you see because you know that your spree is not yet over.

Two |  Budget! Budget! Budget!


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Have an idea of how much you want to spend in each place, and overall. This way, you become more analytical with things you want most. How much do you really want it? How badly do you really need it? The likelihood of overspending is not removed however, it will be dramatically lessened.

One | Do not buy anything at its original price.


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When shopping Les Soldes, the most satisfying feeling is the one you get when your entire bag is filled with deals. I know, those pants look amazing on you - but they are not on sale! You can totally buy them; sure, but, that one regular priced item could have been two items you really liked, packaged at a fraction of the price.