Happy Christmas Eve Eve! Can you believe Christmas Eve is TOMORROW?! Me either, I’m so excited I almost can’t stand it. I’ve been randomly bursting into song (my current favourite is Mistletoe, apparently!) and I’m driving my poor boyfriend crazy. Good to know the Christmas spirit is still going strong, haha!
Matt and I decided way back in October that we’d brave our local mall on Boxing Day, and now I’m super nervous at the thought! I know it’s going to be SO crowded, messy and hectic… but, all in the name of getting a few bargains, right?! I thought it would be fun (and hopefully helpful) to share with you a few Boxing Day shopping tips we’re going to be putting into practice this year.
Make a list
If you’re a regular reader of my blog, making a list will not be a surprise to you! I’ve already made a list of a few things I’d like to pick up (if I don’t get them for Christmas that is!) on the Notes app on my phone. I love that app SO MUCH, I use it every day! I know I might go off list a little depending on whatever deals we see, but having an idea of things I need/want makes it much easier to shop.
Make a budget (and stick to it)
Similarly to making a list, lining out how much money you’re willing to spend is so important. I think when shopping, especially during the sales, our heart often overrules our head, and we’re picking up three things instead of one. Lots of us are lucky enough to receive money on Christmas, and for me I typically split it in half – half goes into my savings account, and the other half I’ll set aside for sale shopping. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not planning on spending all of that money in one day, but if for whatever reason I do, it’s okay as it’s budgeted and ready to go.
Know your prices
There’s something about a 20% off sign that makes us feel like we’re getting a GREAT deal, however that’s not always the case. Whilst we’re shopping, especially for branded or higher ticket priced items, we’ll definitely be pulling out our phones and checking other deals online – you can always order when you get home!
Wear comfortable clothing
Okay, so it’s the day after Christmas and you’ve spent at least the past three weeks eating and drinking everything in sight (just me?!) so comfy, stretchy leggings are a must in my book. If you’re planning on trying clothes on (I already know I really want to get at least two new sweaters!) it’s so much easier when you’re not wiggling out of skinny jeans or tops that need unbuttoned at the back. We’ll also be making a pit stop for food at some point, so I mean, comfort over anything… right!?
Accept the hustle and bustle
Shopping on one of the busiest shopping days of the year IS going to be super stressful and you’re going to have to deal with all of the people around you. There will be a fight or ridiculously long line to get a parking space, people will be walking very slowly (my biggest pet hate) and most stores will resemble a jumble sale. Take a deep breath, wait patiently in line and don’t complain! You chose to go shopping, and hopefully your post-Christmas haul will be all worth it at the end of your trip. We’re hoping to only be there a couple of hours, then come home for a snuggly afternoon and get re-ready because we’re out with our friends in the evening. Having a plan for the rest of the day kind of makes this better, as you know you’re going to be free from the chaos soon enough!
Thank you so much for reading! Are you planning on shopping the sales this Boxing Day? Let’s hope it’s not a repeat of Black Friday madness we had this year…