Looking to take advantage of the Boxing Day sales this year? So are many others. The trick to saving money at the Boxing Day sales is being smarter, more efficient and better prepared than the next person.
This step by step guide looks at the tips you need to know, the tricks to get a better deal and some uncommon ways to save big money.
Don’t feel compelled to use Christmas gift cards right away
A great tip to save money is to remember that gift cards don’t need to be spent immediately at the Boxing Day sales. Gift cards are better spent throughout the year when we find things we actually need or want.
While the temptation to spend your Christmas gift cards can be tough, spontaneous purchases and window shopping isn’t a great use of your newly found funds.
Return unwanted Christmas gifts to retrieve spending money
If a family member or friend gives you a present with a receipt that you don’t like, return it immediately. Don’t wait a week or two; simply use the Boxing Day sales to return the unwanted gift.
This will immediately boost your cash flow for the sales, de-clutter your Christmas hoarding and help you buy something you actually need.
Watch out for low quality items that are specifically for the Boxing Day sales
Whether this is an urban myth I cannot be sure, though it’s rumored that big department stores often bring in low quality merchandise that they often wouldn’t stock, specifically for the Boxing Day sales.
This gives the illusion of a bargain, yet really is just a cheaper product that attracts a lower sales price already. Avoid cheaper items and instead look for items that you actually buy year round that are on sale.
Buy winter clothes at the Boxing Day Sales
Most people use the Boxing Day sales to buy summer fashion. Whether it be casual shirts, board shorts or thongs; buying clothing for the remainder of summer isn’t the best use of your money.
Buying items for the upcoming winter (what’s available and left) will result in far greater discounts. While the stock may be hard to find, look for items that hold purpose even in the winter months to get true value from the Boxing Day sales.
No point saving money on summer fashion only to store it away in 1 month.
Buy your Christmas items for next year
The best time of the year to buy Christmas decorations, lights, cards, wrapping and more is Boxing Day. It’s the day after Christmas and the retail stores (and increasingly online stores) are holding excess Christmas stock that must go. In most cases, it would actually cost the store more money to hold the stock then simply giving it away at a huge discount.
Grab some Christmas light on special (you could even use them for New Year’s Eve) and stash away some high quality discounted Christmas cards and wrapping; you can then avoid paying a premium for these items next year.
Get to the shops early, not at midday
The Boxing Day sales are busy to say the least. If you want to check out the sales with swarms of other people, go right ahead – just avoid arriving at midday.
The Boxing Day sales are busiest at 12pm. People casually get up after Christmas, shower, eat and slowly head off, often arriving around lunch time.
If you are serious about saving money and grabbing a bargain, arrive early and leave early. You will avoid the crowds and snap up the limited bargains.
Avoid the retail stores altogether and shop online
Boxing Day is no longer a retail store only event. The sales now spill out to online retailers who offer discounts, specials and reducing shipping charges to celebrate the once a year sales event.
Many websites, including the major department stores like Myer and David Jones will offer significant discounts depending on how much you spend.
Don’t forget to do a coupon search prior to checkout to see what else you can get off your purchase.
If you must visit the shops, avoid the CBD
Each year we see hordes of people pushing through doors to enter the Boxing Day sales. Often this will be in the CBD where the majority of people descend to scoop up a bargain.
Instead of going to the CBD this year, why not visit your local shopping centre instead? The prices will be the same, the variety no different and the number of people will be significantly less.
Check both local and international websites for a better price
Just because an item is reduced in a department store doesn’t make it a bargain. During the Boxing Day sales, continue to price hunt using your phone and check both local and international websites prior to making a purchase.
It’s incredible how much money can be saved by simply shopping online.