10 Ways to Survive Boxing Day Shopping

by admin on January 29, 2013

Boxing day at the Eaton Centre
With Boxing Day sales extending to a whole Boxing Week, and some stores even offering mid-year “Halfway to Boxing Day” sales in late June, it is clear that big retailers want you to spend lots of money this year. If you plan to participate in the festivities this year, here’s some simple advice on how to get what you need without breaking the bank.

Understand the Difference Between Wants and Needs

To avoid overspending, go into your Boxing Day shopping with the correct mindset; understand what it is you really need, and what things are just desires on your part. You need to put things in perspective and look at them realistically: your kids may need new outerwear, but you probably just want that flashy new gadget.

Know What You’re Buying in Advance

Make a list, and prioritize it. The most important item on your list should be the first thing you look for. Remember that for big-ticket items, like new TVs or computers, you may need to prioritize these higher lest they sell out.
Set a Limit
Figure out a number that could reasonably cover what you need, and that you can actually afford. If the number scares you, go lower. Don’t spend more than that number.

Use Money You Already Have

Though this is an obvious piece of advice, people ignore it every year. For extreme rigidity, consider only bringing your limit in cash. Once you’ve spent it all, it’s time to go home.

Do Your Homework

Research everything on your list ahead of time. You don’t need to hire a private investigator company, but look online to see what the prices tend to be; scour store flyers to see which stores have the best deals. Start your shopping expedition having at least a basic idea of what that item should cost. If you have access to a smartphone, you may find it helpful to bring it along and use it to check prices online.

Be Aware of Price Match Policies

Many stores will match their competitor’s prices; even better, if something goes on sale on Boxing Day, and you bought it a week or two earlier, the same stores might even refund you the difference. Find out these policies in advance, and if you really need something before Boxing Day, go ahead and buy it. With the right planning, you can get the item at a discount without going through the stress of shopping the day of.

The Early Bird Gets the Worm

If you want the best deals on items that are bound to sell out quickly, you may have no alternative; get there early and be among the first to enter the store. This will save you from having to choose your second choice item because the first was popular and sold out early on.

Don’t Buy Rubbish

While on that vein, be sure that what you are buying is of good quality. Don’t be so excited by the drastic price cuts on an item that you buy it without researching it – there may be a reason it’s on sale for so little.

Shop Online

If going to the stores on Boxing Day stresses you out, just stay home. Many of the deals online are just as good as their brick and mortar counterparts; plus, you won’t have to wake up at 3am or search forever for an open parking spot.

If You Can’t Afford It, Don’t Buy It

Know before you shop how much money you have and be realistic about what you can spend. Don’t make a mistake that will put you in debt.
Adrienne is a blogger and aspiring writer. When she’s not blogging, you might find her practicing her French, whipping up some recipes she found on Pinterest, or obsessing over vintage postcards and stamps.

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