I’m a self-confessed shopaholic who loves a bargain. The after Christmas sales is one of my favourite times to shop.  You might be thinking, what can be left to buy straight after Christmas? I like to use these sales to get a head start on Christmas for next year. Yes, you read that right, next Christmas!  All stores heavily discount their Christmas products in the sales, so I take this opportunity to get a head start for the following year.

This is what’s on my list to buy…..

Christmas wrapping paper and gift tags.

There is defiantly a difference in wrapping paper quality, I can remember one year the paper I had bought was see through, I was double wrapping everything so you couldn’t see the what was on the boxes inside.  Wrapping paper and gift tags are also an item I don’t like to spend a lot of money on. I’d rather spend the money on the actual gift.  During the sales, I like to buy a few rolls of good quality paper reduced to the low quality prices.

My top tip when buying wrapping paper is to go with a colour scheme rather than having all your rolls the same. This way if you do run out of paper the following year you can buy a roll and work it into your theme.  I’ve had a white and gold theme running for a few years now, I just add a new roll or two to what I have left.

Christmas cards.

Even if you don’t send Christmas cards yourself,  this is the perfect time to grab a few packets of cards for the kids to give out to their school friends.  Last year I picked up boxes for 30¢ each.

Christmas decorations.

If there are any decorations you were in love with or perhaps you want to change your colour theme next year this is the perfect time to get any of those gorgeous decorations you’ve been eyeing off but just not willing to pay the big $ for.  Its also a great time to collect a few to give as gifts to friends, neighbours work colleagues and teachers.

As a teacher one of my favourite gifts to receive is gorgeous decoration, our tree is full of memories of past students.

Bon Bons and Tableware

There have been years where I’ve skipped the Bon Bons altogether as I’m just not willing to pay big $ for throw away items. During the Boxing Day sales if I come across any at a reasonable price I grab a few and put away for next years Christmas table.  It’s also a great time to stock up on any Christmas tableware like napkins, table clothes and placemats. I like to keep my tableware fairly neutral so that I can use the items throughout the year for other occasions.

If you’ve decided to head to The Boxing day Sales, here are a few tips to help you survive!

Take a list.

If there are some must-buy items you’re after and particularly if you’re buying for next Christmas make a list ahead of time. This way you don’t forget anything or anyone and can plan which stores you need to go.

Go Early.

Be there early for the opening. This will make parking a breeze and mean you can park near an exit or in a location that will be easy to take bags back to the car if you’re buying large or heavy items.

Stick to the list.

The best way to stay on budget is to shop from your list.  I make my list in the notes in phone so I don’t forget it and always have it with me.

Check your Inbox.

I’ve found over the last few years that my inbox is full of great sales as early as Christmas Eve.  If you can get what you want online, it will mean you can avoid the madness at the shops.

Budget for Self Indulgence.

As much as I promote sticking to your list and getting what you need, I like to put a little bit away to buy a bargain for myself too.

Dress Comfortably.

The sales are not the day to wear your gorgeous new Christmas shoes that haven’t yet been broken in.  Wear something comfortable and if you’re planning on doing some clothes shopping were clothes that are easy to change in and out.

Don’t feel Pressured.

Lastly, if you could think of nothing worse than hitting the shops on one of the busiest days of the year, Don’t feel the pressure to go! The sales aren’t just for a day most of them will continue until early January, take the day off, put your feet up and let the rest of us crazy shoppers battle the crowds.

Good luck if you’re heading to the sales! I’d love to know what you buy, I might even see you there!

Happy Shopping

Bernadette

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