Let our experiences guide you to get the most out of the Boxing Day sales.
Navigating Boxing Day sales can be a tricky business. From huge crowds to stores ruthlessly competing to outdo one another, it's easy for the day to feel like complete chaos. Luckily, our shopping team has been through it all so you don't have to. Here's our top tips for a satisfying and stress-free Boxing Day experience.
1. Shop online
Sure, there are some items that will only be available/on sale in store, but with the increasing popularity of online shopping, most sites now keep up with their physical counterparts. Not only can you shop before and after store opening hours, but you can also quickly add all of the best sales to cart and save yourself a heap of time. As an added bonus, you can avoid all the frustrations of over-crowded shopping centres and parking lots AND you can shop in your PJ's whilst eating Christmas leftovers. Check out sites like The Iconic that make it easy to shop across a range of stores in one go, saving you the hassle of individually checking out sites for all your favourite brands.
To make your life easier still, we've also compiled a Boxing Day sales page with all the online offers we can find.
2. Take lists seriously
If you do decide to brave the shops, remember this - if you trick yourself into thinking you'll be fine without a list and won't go over budget, we can assure you that it won't end up that way. You'd be surprised by how quickly you can convince yourself that you 'need' something you've never even thought about before (we're looking at you, Kmart). Our advice is to plan in advance and make a beeline for your most coveted items. This way, you won't miss out on what you really want and you can keep an eye on how much you've spent before deciding whether to keep shopping or call it a day.
3. Visit less popular shopping centres
Obviously, this won't work if the shopping centre doesn't have the stores you want to shop at, but there is something to be said for going out of your way to quieter areas. When the latest iPhone was released, my friends bemoaned over Facebook that all the stores they had been to were already completely out of stock. I noted that they all chose to try major shopping centres and so I opted to try a small shopping plaza, walked into a phone store and voila. I walked out with my shiny new purchase in hand. The same is true for Boxing Day, so it's a good idea to familiarise yourself with all nearby shopping centres and try and pick the one people are least likely to swarm upon.
4. Plan your transport accordingly
It might seem like a good idea to leave the car at home and avoid the dire parking situation that comes with this time of year. However, there's nothing worse than trying to navigate your way onto a packed bus or train with twenty bags in hand. If you plan on bulk buying- get ready to circle the carpark. It'll be worth it when you realise that you can take trips back to your car as often as you need instead of seriously working out those biceps.
5. Don't fall into sales traps
It can be disturbingly easy to max out your credit card when you've convincing yourself that everything you buy is a bargain, but try and think logically. If there's an item that you've been wanting for a while and it's on sale, now is the time to get it. However, if you wouldn't buy the item at full price, there's a good chance that you don't really want it and you're just being seduced by the sale sticker. Remember, even a huge discount doesn't necessarily mean something is worth the price. Stay strong and know when to walk away.