Boxing Day may be the most gruelling shopping holiday ever. But nobody can deny a great deal and why shop the retail price when you can save hundreds in one weekend. Here’s a how to with some tips and tricks that I use myself to make the most of my boxing day.
1. Have a plan & a budget
People during boxing day often fall for the impulse purchase and end up with a bunch of regretful buys. To avoid this, create a list of needs and wants, and budget prior to shopping, as well as start comparing prices from online stores. (Better yet… nowadays it’s better to shop online). Think about the parking time before hand as well. I always suggest getting to the mall at least 30 minutes prior to opening. This way you will have a relaxing start to the day.
2. Quality over Quantity
I have been victim to buying an item just because it claimed to have a major discount. However, refrain from doing so because buying quality products end up being a better investment than buying more of the cheap stuff. Also, boxing day sales should be for purchasing investment items. Try not to purchase too much of the trendy or it items because they will serve their purpose for long. Items you should consider should be, shoes, winter coats, leather bags, laptops, or any other luxury items that otherwise would be too expensive to shop at once.
3. Leave your kids at home
If you are a parent and have young children (under the age of 10) refrain from bringing them to the mall. Boxing day is not very safe as it is crowded! Consider leaving the kids with a trusted family member or a babysitter.
4. Come Prepared & Dress Comfortably
Try to bring a light bag to carry your wallet/cash and a couple of snacks. Also note that you will be on your feet for most of the day, so bring your fave pair of sneakers. Another great way to enjoy your boxing day is to wear light layers so that you can adjust to the temperature if necessary.
5. Save the Price-Adjustments/Returns and Exchanges for another day.
This part has never made any sense to me, because it is bad enough that people wait hours at a time to spend their hard-earned money on boxing day, and then for a person to cause further disruption is just plain inconsiderate.
6. Shop Online
I am personally taking the online shopping approach to my boxing day this year for my clothing list. It’s a lot easier to find what you are looking for online and also, for most big name stores, you’re more likely to find your sizes online than in store. However for “big buys” like jewelry, home goods, furniture, electronics, consider going to the store.
7. Ditch the Car
If possible, consider taking a cab or carpooling with your family and/or friends. This way you can avoid the painful parking search on boxing day, and start/end your boxing day on a high note.

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