How to Get the Best Post-Lockdown Deals This Summer

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With the reopening of high street doors once again on its way just before summer, you can expect to find some great deals at many leading brands. June and July last year offered a number of summer clearance sales where stores had too much leftover stock from previous seasons. Activewear giant Lululemon even named theirs the 'We made too much' sale, in a very honest, straight-to-the-point promotion. Retailers including Currys, Next, George at Asda, TK Maxx, Disney, Build a Bear and Mamas & Papas all had huge clearance sales last year, so it’s worth keeping an eye on them again.

While these clearance and summer sales are a great way for brands to encourage in-store spending, we expect most of these deals to still be online. Here we’ve rounded up some of our top tips for bargain hunting this summer.

Browse deal websites

Thanks to the pandemic, many of us have had to become more cautious with our spending. The bright side, however, is that businesses know this, which means potentially more deals. Check out popular deal websites like LatestDeals and hotukdeals who tell you about deals both online and in-store, particularly for popular retailers and supermarkets including Amazon, Argos, Boots, Currys and Tesco among many others. Facebook groups and the money section of The Sun are also great places to find bargains advertised.

Follow your favourite stores online

Staying up-to-date on your favourite shops’ sales is as simple as scrolling, with everything just a few taps away. Most online stores have a newsletter you can sign up for that’ll notify you when sales are happening and occasionally send subscribers coupon codes for even more savings. You can also follow the brand/store’s social media - this works for both smaller and larger businesses and gives them a chance to promote any sales they might be having.

Go out and support local businesses

For the last year, big brands have been surviving on e-commerce while most small, local businesses often rely on their physical stores to generate sales, and as a result, are likely to slash prices to encourage customers back in their doors. Keep in mind that many of these businesses will barely be able to afford to slash prices due to being closed for so long, so every purchase is a step to getting them back on track. Get outside, snag a good bargain and support your community - it’s a win-win.

Compare and track potential purchases

A little bit of research and patience goes a long way when hunting for deals. If you have something specific in mind, use price comparison websites like PriceRunner to find the best price. If one has your desired item at a particularly reduced price, the company might currently be having a sale and is worth checking out for the things you didn’t know you needed. Another essential shopping tool is Shoptagr, an extension that lets you track products over time and notifies you if the price drops. As an added bonus, it automatically finds discount codes for you and offers cashback on certain purchases.

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