I'm a sales pro – from M&S to Primark and Asda how YOU can bag deals from all the big shops… and prices start at 10p | The Sun

ALTHOUGH this summer the weather has been a little bit of a disappointment the sales have been brilliant.

From Asda to Marks & Spencer to Primark, people have been grabbing bargains – with one woman filling her trolley for just £38 and with prices starting at 10p. 

If you’re new to bargain hunting it can be quite difficult to figure where you might want to start, so we’ve spoken to a cash saving pro, who spends her days trolling for the best bargains. 

Whether you're looking for clothes or toiletries there is always a deal to be had so Polly Arrowsmith has broken down exactly where you need to look.

She said: “Wilko is a high street casualty, and more companies are suffering. For example,  John Lewis and Waitrose and online retailers.”

“Market share is critical. If your competitor discounts, so must you. This is a blood bath for retailers and an opportunity for you. It's simple. Retailers must sell more to survive making it an excellent time for you to bag bargains.”

“Clothing sales, with heavy discounts- up to 87% off  or 15/20% off new season or 3 for 2."

She flagged three especially good retailers:

  • Asos is offering 20% off
  • M&S is up to 87%, children's clothing at 80% off.
  • H&M up to 40% off

And it not's just clothing lines that are seeing massive reductions, people have been flocking to M&S where cupboard essentials have been massively marked down in an effort to make shelf space ready for Christmas.

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Parents will be glad to know Asda children's clothes have also seen their prices slashed with a £1 mega sale.

Polly advises: “Assume most sites offer booster discounts over the next few weeks."

"Usually, sales would have ended by early August, but we see retailers in trouble and extending sales."

“These websites allow you to filter by price on lowest price items to get lingerie and clothing for the same price as M&S or a little extra.”


If you need new toiletries Polly says head to Boots.

She said: “Boots is gearing up for some great offers. They always offer great discounts and extra loyalty points of £10 for a £50 in-store.”

“Subscribe to the site and check early for the best deals. These are online-only deals; you can order and get free in-store delivery within 48 hours. Boots do many own-brand shampoos, conditioners, and body washes at 75p.”

Here are some of Polly's best tips: 

She said: “At M&S, the secret to spotting sales is the red labels on the shelves or clothes rack or spotting the yellow labels on food. M&S deep bargains are in-store and will be marked clearance in a section where everything will be discounted."

You’ve got to be in it to win it. 

Polly says: “Subscribe to the shops you use to get their newsletters, as they will tell you when the sales are and additional discounts.” 

“Be sure to note the items you need and then set about looking for them. I have always had a buy list.” 

“Wish list what you want, so if a sale starts, click on your wish list to see if the items you want are in the sale.”

Real bargain hunters know that sometimes there’s more than just one sale ot be had. 

Polly said: “be sure to look for second and third markdowns.  Easy to do if you use a wish list. I buy what I want and keep it to the return period, and if I spot the item cheaper, I return what I have and grab it at the cheaper price.”

“Know the item's description, brand, or SKU code and put it in the Google search bar. Often, you will find the item cheaper elsewhere. You can save 50% on sunglasses and frames this way.”

“If the item price seems too low to be true, then check the website review at Trustpilot to check you are not getting scammed. If the review is okay, could you check that the item size is correct, if it is toiletry? It may be as cheap as a tiny size.”

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And if you’re not quite ready to say goodbye to summer look for the final clearances. 

Polly said: “Buy things out of season. Final summer clearance is happening right now.”

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