Boxing Day Sales can be a great opportunity to get a cheap deal on a number of different items, from outdoor clothing to electronics to home furnishings, children’s toys and much more. You could get a new set of skis at a discount, a brand new television or perhaps upgrade to a newer model of smartphone. Although your budget might be tight thanks to the overspending of the holiday season, you can still find some amazing prices.
If you want to make the most of the Boxing Day sales, here are some tips to keep in mind:
Why rush to the store when you can take advantage of Boxing Day prices from the comfort of your own home? Many stores, such as outdoor clothing retailer Live Out There, will be offering Boxing Day online specials. You won’t have to worry about waiting at the tills, fighting through crowds or figuring out where to park. Make yourself a cup of tea and settle down on the sofa, so that you can peruse the internet and find deals while still wearing your pyjamas.
Know What You Are Looking For
Whether you are shopping online or in the stores, don’t go blindly into your Boxing Day shopping trip without having some idea of what you are looking for. Do your research before Boxing Day so that you know exactly what kinds of items you are looking for, even down to the exact product. Narrowing it down in advance will help you to save time when you are shopping, so that you will be able to get all of the items you want.
If you are looking for clothing, take a look at your wardrobe and figure out what items you are missing out on – so that you don’t end up adding one more blue-t-shirt or black pair of pants to the five or six that you already own.
Once you have determined what you are looking for, make yourself a list to take with you when you are shopping and stick to it – so that you don’t get carried away and end up buying something that you didn’t really need in the first place.
Buy the Right Things
The very best Boxing Day Sales usually involve particular items such as computers, electronics, winter knits and outerwear. If you are shopping for these hot items, you are sure to find fantastic prices. Think about whether or not you need to upgrade your phone or tablet or buy yourself some hiking and camping gear – this might be the best time of year to buy it.
Do your research into the items that are on sale at this time of year and look around and what your local shops and favourite online retailers are offering.
Don’t Buy Just for the Sake of It
There is something about the psychology of a Boxing Day Sale that makes us tempted to grab everything in sight and buy it just because it’s cheap – whether we need it or it suits us or not. However, something that you will keep in the closet and never use is still a waste of money – even if it was half price. Make sure that you are only buying items that will be useful.
Also, be careful not to fall into the trap of “Buy One, Get One Half Price.” If you really do need another item, then it might be a good deal. However, if you don’t then you are just spending extra.
Buy Christmas Supplies and Presents
This is one of the best times of the year to buy Christmas cards, wrapping paper, decorations and presents – because they will be massively discounted. You can get all of your Christmas supplies for next year in advance and then store them away for next December – saving yourself a lot of money!
You might want to also consider buying birthday presents in advance for anyone whose birthday is coming up in the next few weeks and months. If you know what they want, you could get it at a much cheaper price than if you bought the item later.
These are just a few important tips to keep in mind to ensure that you get the most out of your Boxing Day sales and find a great deal.
Ben Brown is a freelance writer and blogger who writes for a number of different publications. He is eagerly anticipating the Boxing Day sales so that he can get a new tablet and winter boots.