Don’t get us wrong, we look forward to Christmas every year. Family, food, presents and pav… what’s not to love? But if we’re being honest, there’s something we look forward to even more (and that’s saying something): Boxing Day.
It’s every shopaholic’s favourite day of the year, and with retailers offering upwards of 50% off, it’s not hard to see why. But it’s also one of the most brutal days of the year, and if you’ve ever experienced it before you’ll know it often brings out the worst in people.
So if you want this year’s shopping extravaganza to go a little smoother, meet our official survival guide!
1. Check Online Before Heading to the Shops
This will help you get a better idea of what you want. That way, you know exactly what stores you need to visit and what you need to get, meaning you can push past all the dawdling browsers.
Oh, and before you close that tab, scan the site for online exclusives – you may get an even better deal online than in person.
2. Prepare to Leave Early
If you’re planning a trip to your local shopping centre, prepare to get there when (if not before) doors open. You’ll beat the crowds, get the best items before they disappear, and hopefully escape early enough to enjoy the rest of the public holiday.
The same applies to buying flights online – make sure you’re up early (or up late for US and European airlines) to get the best deals before they sell out. Why not use the opportunity to treat yourself with a premium economy or business class upgrade?
3. Read the T&Cs
There’s nothing worse than buyer’s remorse, and it’s a lot harder when you can’t even return the item. When shopping online, read the retailer’s returns policy carefully, as many will only exchange sale items for store credit.
Also, make sure you don’t get bitten by returns fees. Only purchase things you know you’re going to love, otherwise stick with stores that offer free returns.
4. Set a Budget
We know, it’s so easy to get caught up in the atmosphere of Boxing Day sales and let your heart overpower your head. That’s why it’s so important to keep the rational part of your brain well and truly switched on. Create a strict budget and, when faced with a tempting purchase, ask yourself, would you consider buying it full price? No? Easy, don’t buy it on sale.
5. Buy Things You’ll Need Throughout the Year
It can be tempting to blow your whole budget on things that are great for summer (light dresses, sleeveless tops, cozzies, pool toys…) but your money will go a lot further if you’re strategic. Think ahead – whose birthday is coming up? What do you need to prepare for going back to uni, work, or getting the kids back to school? It might even be a good idea to stock up on all that super cheap leftover winter clothing!
6. Start Early
Did you know some Boxing Day sales actually start on the afternoon of Christmas Eve? It makes sense, retail workers don’t want to spend an extra couple of hours before their usually mammoth Boxing Day shifts setting everything up, so most do it beforehand. That means if you’re willing to brave the last-minute Chrissy crowds, you could nab some great gifts for hugely discounted prices.
7. Dress Smart and Know Your Measurements
If you’re braving the stores, wear something light and easy to remove (that goes for shoes, too!) to make for quick and easy fitting room trips.
Online shoppers, be sure to grab a tape measure and note down your measurements. This will be a huge help when you’re sorting through hundreds of styles and wondering if they’ll fit right. It could also save you a ton of money in return shipping fees!
8. Avoid the Shops Altogether
Actually, you know what? Close your laptop, steer clear of the shops and enjoy the day! Sure, you might’ve saved a few bucks, but you’ve also spent a whole day inside when you could be enjoying the great outdoors.
Remember, sales come and go all throughout the year, so if you miss out on this one, there’ll be plenty more throughout the year.
Plus, you can always visit Scoopon, where we’ve got Boxing Day prices all year ’round!