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Tips to shop smart during the Boxing Day sales

Christmas may be over, but that doesn't mean you can rest with the Boxing Day sales.

Christmas is a holiday for spending time with family and friends, gifting or giving presents and eating plenty of food. If you haven't gone into a 24-hour long food coma and you are ready to tackle some shopping, then the Boxing Day sales are what you need.

Some brands exclusively go on sale just for Boxing Day and most retailers offer their biggest savings yet to clear all the end of year stock. The shopping event can be pretty wild, so here are our tips on how to survive the Boxing Day sales.

Whether you feel like treating yourself or are getting some (late) Christmas shopping done, this is what you need to know before you start to shop.


1. Stay up-to date

If you are after a specific item that you know will be crazy popular, you need to know the moment it goes on sale. If you're shopping online, be aware that some sales will start the second the clock strikes 12.01am - or even start the day before! You need to know when to start shopping the Boxing Day sales, you don't want to be caught unaware of the deals that are happening. You're in luck because we have a handy Boxing Day deals page that has all the sales listed that you could possibly ask for. Thanks us later.

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2. Make your list the night before

There is no point writing your wish list for Boxing Day before Christmas Day because you're most likely going to receive some of the things on your wish list as presents anyway. Attacking the Boxing Day sales requires a plan of action and if you are serious about scoring the deals, then you need to shop smart. This will also help if you are a shopper that is almost always getting distracted by other items catching your eye... and somehow making their way into your shopping cart. Prioritise your products people!

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3. Shop online

Boxing Day is a public holiday, and after a long Christmas Day you’re probably not too keen to get out of bed. But you’re in luck, because you can still take advantage of the Boxing Day sales online. You can shop from your mobile or laptop from the comfort of your own bed because for some reason, shopping in your pyjamas is just so much more fun. Saves you having to stress about finding parking, waiting in long queues and dealing with the overcrowded shopping centre.

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4. Plan ahead for the New Year

Some people wonder why you need to go shopping on Boxing Day considering Christmas is done by that stage, but these people don’t understand how to plan like a pro. The Boxing Day sales are a great opportunity to think of the year ahead and score discounts at times when you need them. Birthdays coming up? Valentines gifts to buy? School equipment? It’s all there, all on sale.

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5. Know your measurements

It's happened to the best of us... you order something online and when you try it on at home, it just doesn't fit right. Looking at the store's size guides and doing your research is crucial when shopping online. It can make or break a purchase and can make for a very unhappy Boxing Day. Boxing Day can be a time to experience a lot of emotions, so prepare to stress the least amount possible.

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6. Ask for gift vouchers for Christmas

It’s last minute, sure, but now’s your chance to request something that will really help you out. It might seem rude or impersonal to request a gift voucher for Christmas, but some people actually prefer you to tell them what you want. It saves them the hassle of trying to guess what to get you AND it helps you with your Boxing Day shopping. Everyone is happy!

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Marina Tatas

Marina Tatas is a writer and shopping fanatic. Whether it is earrings on sale for $10 or a luxury skincare product from Sephora, she will hunt a bargain to sort your shopping list in no time! Because shopping obsessions don't have to be expensive.

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