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After you open your presents and eat all the turkey on Christmas, there's only one thing left to look forward to - Boxing Day!
At this time, bargains are all over shopping centres. While Americans enjoy Black Friday, Australians also have access to exciting deals right before the holidays.
Shopping on this day can be very difficult, and it's normal to feel overwhelmed as crowds fight for deals and shops compete against each other.
To help you get a head start on Boxing Day sale, here are some smart shopping tips you should consider:
Do Your Research Before The Day
Roaming around the shopping centre without a strategy can lead to overspending. As such, we recommend taking a little stroll around first to get an idea of what you want to buy.
You can do this before the day of the sale, or you can browse through the internet if you're shopping online. Exploring several shops beforehand can also help you remain on track and avoid buying things that you don't actually need.
As such, consider focusing on products that will most likely get discounted prices, such as electronics, furniture, and apparel.
Make A List And Plan Ahead
By now, you should already know what you need to buy. We recommend making a shopping list the night before the sale so that you won't miss anything.
It would be best if you also had a good idea of the stores you want to visit and where they are in the mall. Go through your list and sort the items according to priority. After so, you can make your way through the mall.
Additionally, it is recommended to get to the shopping centres as early as possible. Remember, the early bird always gets the worm. In this case by securing a parking spot or waiting in line to enter a shop.
It's no surprise that the COVID-19 pandemic has forced most of us to resort to online shopping.
Right at home, we can quickly and easily compare prices and check reviews from previous buyers, which proves credibility and authenticity.
However, many sellers would still offer their best prices in-store. Many stores employ this strategy to entice customers to come and buy their products in person.
Check Return Policies And Seller Information
Sometimes, when you get the wrong item or size, it is necessary to return products purchased online. So, before you head to check out, check the FAQ section of the store to verify their return policy and confirm that you won't be charged extra for shipping expenses.
If you can't find these details anywhere, it could be a red flag. Thus, it's best to purchase from reliable sites and be cautious when disclosing personal and financial information online, especially now when there are so many credit card scams that slip through our lives.
Avoid Using Your Credit Card
One of the most significant ways to shop smart this coming Boxing Day is to avoid spending more than what you can afford.
If you convince yourself that everything you buy is a good deal, you might max up your credit card in no time. If you keep track of your spending and know your limits, you won't end up with the short end of the stick. For this reason, paying in cash is the best way to stick to your budget.
Use Online Coupons And Loyalty Reward Points
Coupons and reward points are simple strategies we can use to save more during this sale. Collecting online coupons lets you avoid the hassle of clipping paper ones and stuffing them all into your wallet.
Take advantage of any vouchers you might come across on the internet. That said, many stores may also have loyalty reward programs that give out bonus points over the peak season.
Take advantage of this opportunity to redeem the points you've accumulated all year, especially those from the grocery store. If you do so, you won't have to pay in cash which will help you cut back on your holiday spending.
Shop After The Day
This may seem ironic, but you can also shop the day after Boxing Day. This is because stores may continue to run deals to clear out their supplies.
Most people should be returning to their everyday lives by this time, so you'll have slightly less competition than if you cleared your shopping list on Boxing Day itself.
Let's face it: Boxing Day has the potential to be a catastrophe because to score the best deals, you must endure busy shops and even fight crowds.
However, it doesn't have to be that way. Try these smart shopping tips to make the most of your Boxing Day spree and have a more enjoyable shopping experience.