5 Boxing Day Shopping Tips

If you are planning to go Boxing Day shopping today, you may want to do a bit of planning before heading out. Without planning, you may not find the bargain you are looking for. So here are 5 tips for shopping today:

1. Do your research before going out: Going from store to store without a clear idea about what you are looking for can be a waste of time. So, research before you go shopping. Browse newspapers advertisements and websites for the items you want to buy. Take a good look at your belongings to find out what you don't have that you need and create a list of things you need to buy. Compare different stores to find out which ones are giving bigger discounts.

2. Arrive early: The old adage "The early bird catches the worm" is true for Boxing Day shopping. If you arrive early, you will be able to get the best picks. Some of the better-known stores will likely have long lines of customers waiting to get in and if you are late, you may miss the best deals. So start your shopping day early. Try to arrive an hour before the store opens.

3. Check out the more expensive stores first: Things that have a higher price tag are usually of superior quality. So if there is a heavy discount, you may want to check out those stores first, since you don't know when the next big sale will be. So check out the more expensive stores before moving on to the additional stores.

4. Don't buy anything just because there is a huge discount: Women are generally thought to be better shoppers than men are. However, some of us, just can't resist a heavy discount, especially "Buy 1, Get 1 Free"  even if we don't need it. Buying things you don't need even if it's only a 10% discount off its regular price is a waste of money. So, don't buy things just because there is huge discount.

5. Shop online: If you don't like the Boxing Day crowd, then stay home in your pajamas and shop online from the comfort of your couch or bed. There will be no crowds and you won't have to stand in long lines. Most online vendors give special discounts on Boxing Day, and since there will not be any distractions, such as the ones stores deliberately put to get your attention, you will likely spend less money than when you go out shopping.

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By Shondell Varcianna

December 26, 2014