The nation’s love of a deal sees millions hit the high street and malls every year for their January sale spending sprees.
Die-hard bargain hunters braved the chill to queue from dawn to make sure they were first in line for a stack of offers with prices slashed by more than 80%.
Experts say around half the adult population will be out in force as millions splash their Christmas cash on must-haves from designer handbags and shoes to gadgets, perfume, homewares and big ticket items like a new kitchen or furniture.
According to MoneySavingExpert.com, shoppers can expect to bag the bargains of the year as prices tumble across the board.
There’s plenty of deals still to be found, such as toy store The Entertainer is cutting prices by up to 80%, there’s up to 70% off at Topshop and River Island , 60% knocked off price tags at H&M, House of Fraser , Argos and Matalan , and 50% off at stores including Next , Currys , John Lewis and Ikea the website revealed.
Below we’ve rounded up some of the best deals available now, or head to these retailers official New Year sale pages to have a look for yourself:
If you didn’t manage to pick up a cheap TV or new smartphone during Black Friday, or didn’t get the games console you wanted for Christmas, the sales are a great opportunity to purchase a tech bargain.
Best retailers for tech and electrical appliance deals:
Fashion and beauty
Some of the best discounts on fashion clothing, accessories and footwear can be found during the New Year sales period.
Whether you’re after a designer bag or some new outfits for New Year’s Eve these are some of the retailers worth keeping an eye on.
Best retailers for fashion and beauty deals:
Home and furniture
If you’re looking for practical items for your home the sales are a great opportunity to invest in quality brands for less.
Best retailers for home deals:
The sales aren’t just about buying cheap stuff, consumers can also pick up great discounts on travel – ranging from flights to all inclusive holiday packages.
Best retailers for travel deals:
When do shops go on sale and what deals can we expect?
This year high street fashion favourite Marks & Spencer launched its sale on Boxing Day.
Shoppers will be able to look forward to half price deals on fashion, home, kids and furniture in the end of year blow-out, and if you are planning on hitting the shops over the festive break check the opening hours of your local store via the online store finder tool .
The big one. The Next end of year sale garners long queues during the early hours of Boxing Day as eager shoppers wait for doors to open at 5am. But online customers were able to get access early on Christmas Eve from 3pm.
If you’re heading to your local store, check details for opening times here .
Currys PC World
For 2017 the tech giant will be slashing the price of coveted tech items, however shoppers wanting to get discounts before Christmas can pick up savings in the retailer’s festive countdown deals .
House of Fraser
House of Fraser launched their Christmas sale online before Christmas, with half price savings on everything from fashion to home.
There are hundreds of top brands featured in the offers including Allsaints, LEGO, DKNY and more.
High street one-stop-shop Argos will kicked off their sales online and in store around Christmas Day, with shoppers able to buy thousands of reduced must-have tech and electrical items , homewares , furniture and baby products. Check when your local branch will open using the online find a store tool .
Consumers needing a beauty bargain will be able to pick up deals online and in store from Boots sale from Boxing Day.
Online retail giant Very.co.uk has already launched sale discounts on selected items.
John Lewis’ ‘ Never Knowingly Undersold’ policy means that if they’re competitors are having a sale, so are they.
Fans of the upmarket department store can expect discounts of 50-75% off tech, home, fashion and accessories during the New Year sales.
In 2014, famously handed out mince pies outside their Knightsbridge store along with a red carpet to greet their super-spending guests. While last year the luxury department store released some of it’s sale offers ahead of Boxing Day.
While we’ve yet to learn what Harrods will do this year, shoppers can plan their shopping date using the retailer’s online store guide .
Know your shopping rights
When shopping online, shops must guarantee a 14-day returns window for non-faulty goods, however on the high street your rights can differ from store to store, explains Which?.
If you change your mind about something you buy, it’s important you know how to find out about your consumer rights and how to exercise them. Here’s some top tips from Which? to get you started:
Your return rights may be stronger if you shop online – you are legally entitled to a full refund for a non-faulty, online purchase if you change your mind within 14 days of delivery, but this may not be the case if you bought it in store.
But, be aware of online scams – it’s always best to double-check the domain name of the website you’re buying from and beware of unusual payment methods, like bank transfers.
Your return rights for non-faulty products may vary from store to store – whilst some stores may choose to offer a full refund for a product you no longer want, others may disappoint consumers by offering a credit note, an exchange or nothing.
If you’re shopping on the high street, make sure you check the individual return policy at the till.
Not all products will be cheapest on Black Friday itself – research found that only 8% of the Black Friday deals we checked from last year were cheapest on Black Friday itself.