Your survival guide to this year’s Boxing Day sales
With Christmas only a week or so away, and most of us in a festive frenzy, the last thing you’ll be thinking about is how to spend more of your hard-earned money at the Boxing Day sales. But even with Christmas spending predicted to hit a record breaking $50 billion this year, for many savvy shoppers the much-anticipated annual extravaganza is a date not to be missed.
For homeowners, the Boxing Day Sales actually provide a great opportunity to pick up a major item you know you’ll need to purchase at some point during the year – and all for a bargain price.
What are your big-ticket items?
So, how do you hit the shops, find the perfect bargain, and make it out relatively unscathed? Joel Drexler, general manager of Matt Blatt, says it’s best to do your research and have a grand master plan.
“Just the thought of the Boxing Day Sales can be overwhelming for sales shopping amateurs. I would advise subscribing to your favourite retailers’ online newsletters beforehand to ensure you receive their Boxing Day deals straight to your inbox. That way you can look at what products retailers are discounting and make your purchasing decisions before going in-store.
“Once you’ve done this, think about the big-ticket items you need or will need over the next six months. The Boxing Day period is one of the biggest sales times of the entire year so if you’re going to be in the market for a new couch, dryer, coffee table or fridge, take advantage of the discounts on offer.
“Make sure you actually go into the store when making big purchases like this so you can see, try and feel the items up close and in the flesh,” he adds.
For smaller purchases, don’t forget that most retailers will also be offering heavily discounted homewares, electrical and white goods online. So, if the shops are just far too daunting, put your feet up, prepare those leftovers and shop from the comfort of your own home.
“Crowds aren’t for everyone so thank goodness for the internet. Most retailers will have a huge selection of heavily discounted products available at the click of a mouse,” Joel adds.
Boxing Day Sales 2017
- Up to 70 per cent off a huge range of brands and products. Up to 40 per cent off on homewares; 70 per cent off cookware by Circulon; 50 per cent off selected Sheridan sheet sets and towels
- Sale starts online Christmas Day evening and in stores nationally on Boxing Day until Sunday 28 January.
- Up to 70 per cent off a huge range of homewares and furniture
- Sale starts in stores and online on Boxing Day
- Up to 25 per cent off a wide range of ethically sourced homewares in store and online
- Sale starts on Boxing Day through until New Year’s Day
- $50 off a Classic Design Package giving you the chance to have your home decorated by an interior designer at sale price
- Sale starts online from Boxing Day until New Year’s Eve
- Up to 50 per cent off a wide range of luxurious round beach towels
- Sale starts online from Boxing Day until 4 January
- Up to 55 per cent off selected wines
- Sale starts on Boxing Day for 48 hours
Wine cellaring tips
If you’re looking to find a Boxing Day Sales bargain from the comfort of your own home, stocking up on your favourite wines to enjoy throughout the year is a great option. We asked Cellarmasters’ cellar director Christine Ricketts for her tips on the best wines to buy online.
“If you’re after wines that are good for cellaring, a Barossa or McLaren Vale Shiraz or a regional Grenache blend all age well because of their plush fruit flavours. Also, look out for older vintages of these varietals in the sale,” she advises.
“And with a long, hot summer still ahead of us, it’s a good idea to stock up on sparkling wine, rosé and crisp whites. I would also recommend grabbing a mixed red or white wine case in the sale, just to try some new wine varietals and regions. You never know, you might even find a new surprising favourite.”
Cellarmasters is hosting a 48-hour Boxing Day Sale with up to 55 per cent off selected wines.
Boxing Day Sales: Survival tips from Myer
Myer Stores offers us some practical tips for navigating the Boxing Day Sales.:
- Plan ahead by writing a list of the items you would like to buy or check out
- Determine a budget before you leave by researching advertised offers
- Allow plenty of time to shop – don’t be rushed!
- Find a shopping buddy to offer advice and to help carry all your shopping bags
- Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. If you’re planning on trying on apparel, wear an outfit that’s easy to take on and off
- Bring a shoulder bag so both your hands are free
- Fuel up on a big hearty breakfast beforehand so you have loads of energy and carry a bottle of water with you to refresh
Myer’s Stocktake Sale starts Christmas Day evening online and in stores nationally from Boxing Day with up to 70 per cent off a huge range of products.
Where do you get your best Boxing Day specials from?!
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