How To Survive The Boxing Day Sales

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Admittedly I am not usually someone who goes to the Boxing Day sales because I find that Boxing Day is for lounging around, playing with the new gadgets and eating all the left over’s from Christmas Day. But if you are someone who takes advantage of the discounts on Boxing Day then you will know it can get rather hectic and busy, a bit like ‘Black Friday’. So here are my tips for how to survive the Boxing Day sales whilst being about to come out with some right old bargains!

One: Plan Your Trip. There is no point just going in and wondering around aimlessly because all the best things will be gone before you even look. You need to work out what shops you want to go to, because then you will shop much more efficiently.

Two: Arrive As Early As Possible. In this case the earlier the better because stores will have queues outside all day and you don’t want to be that person stuck at the back of a really long queue and then you can’t go to any other shop because you have been queuing for that shop all day.

Three: Eat Before You Go. The last thing you want is to be stopped in your shopping process by a growling stomach. Bring snacks with you and most importantly a bottle of water. It will be hot in the shopping centre so keeping hydrated is super important!

Four: Don’t Bother Trying Anything On. The queues for the changing rooms will be so much longer than they normally are so avoid those as much as possible and try your best to size something up without trying it on. Or you can simply just try it on in a corner if it is something like a jumper…. Obviously don’t strip butt naked in the corner of a shop as that won’t end well…

Five: Hit The Expensive Shops First. The best savings of the day will be on luxurious items if you can afford them. Things like leather jackets, cashmere scarves or high quality bath towels will be a really good investment and I recommend trying to hunt those down.

Six: Don’t Buy Things For The Sake Of Buying Things. I will be the first person to say that I am culprit of this and it happens all year around! Sometimes you will be buying an item because you think you are saving money when you might not actually be saving that much. Somethings you will by and then put in a drawer and it will never see the light of day again. Only get something if you think you will use it and if you think it is a real bargain.

Seven: Shop Online. If you can’t be bothered to deal with all the fuss, the queues and the crowds then simply just look online. It is more comfortable, a lot less stressful and you actually end up spending less money. Just be warned some popular websites are known to crash on Boxing Day due to the large number of people trying to get some good deals so it is better to be early than late. I remember last year I waited in line to get onto the Lush website but I was like 1300th in line!

I hope these tips have been helpful if you’re going to brave the Boxing Day sales.

If you do let me know what you pick up!

Emily Clare

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