How to do your Boxing Day shopping without leaving the house
We've got all the handy hints to help you score the best deals this Boxing Day without getting out of your pyjamas.
It's the day after Christmas and the last thing you want to do is get out of bed early, spend an hour looking for a car park and face the insane crowds that come with the Boxing Day sales. On the other hand, Boxing Day brings some of the best shopping deals of the year and you don't want to miss out. Dilemma? We don't think so. Here's how to get the most out of the sales without straying too far from those delicious Christmas leftovers.
1. Start early
Boxing Day sales can sometimes start a couple of days earlier online than in store so it's worth keeping an eye on the pages of your favourite retailers to avoid missing out. Signing up for email newsletters is always a good idea as some stores will give subscribers a heads up about which sales they're having and when. For stores that don't start their sales before Boxing Day, all offers will go live at 12am so it might be worthwhile staying up late if there are particular items you really want. Online sales do tend to continue for a day or two after Boxing Day now, but be aware that most people online shop early, so many popular items will sell out fairly quickly. It's best to get in first to get the most out of your shop.
2. Stay on social media
Social media sometimes gets a bad rap but you might want to consider staying logged on for the duration of the sales. Alot of stores claim their best sales are online and some stores will offer discount codes exclusively to their social media pages (Facebook and Instagram in particular). If you're really keen, you can turn on all notifications from the Facebook pages of your favourite retailers. Just go to their page, hit the side of the "Like" button and click "All On (All Posts, Event)" in the notification section. This way, you'll be alerted to any deals or sales sneak peek posts straight away.
3. "Window shop" before hand
The best way to ensure you get the items you've got your eye on this Boxing Day is to shop online beforehand. You can take your time reading product descriptions, price matching and choosing sizes and add all of your favourite items to your wish list. Then, as soon as the sales start, all you have to do is add the items to cart and checkout!
4. Know the return policy
The one downside to shopping online is that you can't try before you buy which can be an issue when purchasing items like clothing and footwear. To make matters worse, many retailers have a no returns policy on sale and clearance items. Your best option is to be prepared. Check the returns page on the website of each retailer before you start shopping to make sure you can return unwanted or ill-fitting items and that it won't cost you $15 in shipping costs to post it back. To get you started, we've got a guide on how to reduce shipping costs and a list of sites that offer free shipping AND free returns.
If you're unclear on the returns policy for a particular retailer, try shopping around. You should be able to shop most products, or at least similar products, at a range of stores so pick the one with the best returns policy.
5. Make use of gift cards
The biggest problem for most people shopping the Boxing Day sales is going way over budget. Now is the time to make use of any gift cards or rewards points you have accumulated throughout the year. You should be able to use most of them online just as easily as instore and you'll save a lot of money in the process. In saying this, it's still worth your while to have a budget in place so you don't end up with buyer's regret and a huge credit card bill. Make a list of all the items you really want or need for the year ahead and shop the big ticket items first before moving on. That way, if you've spent your budget, you can still come away knowing that you got the purchases you wanted most.
6. See if you can get any extra last minute discounts
To get you the most out of your Boxing Day online shop, we've created a main Boxing Day sales page. Check it out before you start shopping to see all the discounts on offer and save yourself even more.
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