Boxing Day is one of the biggest sales events in retail and the perfect opportunity for everyone to snag a bargain and spend their Christmas money. But have you ever thought of taking such advantage of these sales to set you up for Christmas the following year? Boxing day marks the first day of clearance for all Christmas items. What was once full price, is now heavily discounted as retailers try to move this stock to make way for their new released products in the next year. The week following Christmas is the ONLY time I shop for Christmas decorations. Christmas trees, lights, tableware, everything including wrapping paper and gift tags are priced to clear.
We have many kids birthday parties early in the year and these clearance items (e.g. lolly stockings) allow us to bulk up kids party bags with products that are still in date at a heavily reduced price.
Boxing day was once the day everyone flooded to the shopping centre however with online shopping bigger than ever, most online retailers partake with their biggest sales of the year. It's not only us that has a new years resolution, retailers use this time to clear out the old to bring in the New Year's hottest products.
Many supermarkets have Christmas promotional branded food items which have lengthy best before dates, however are marked to clear due to Christmas packaging. These range from cake and cupcake mixes, Christmas themed chocolates and lollies, Christmas puddings etc as well as the limited edition Christmas frozen range (last year I picked up a Christmas panchetta that didn't expire until December the following year). A cheeky little tip while on the topic of food, Coles and Woolies ALWAYS overstock on Pavlova bases so keep your eye out on the lead up to New Years Eve for those discount sticker!
Something I like to do each year is hunt down those seasonal biccie tins/porcelain jars, raid all the goodies to enjoy for yourself and for guests over the new year period. I then use the container the following year to fill with homemade goodies and gifts as a simple present for teachers and coworkers.
The best piece of advice I can give you is to keep any eye out for the biggest sale events of the year for retailers listed below:
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