Today – 6 Of The Best Places For Boxing Day Sales
When you get bitten by the bargain bug, it’s important to know where it’s actually worth spending your hard-earned money. So many shops now take a measly amount off, or inflate prices prior to ‘reductions’, but there are still some retailers that pride themselves on being the best for serious sale shoppers. It almost takes the sport out of it, but we do appreciate easy access to big savings…
Take a look at 6 of the best places for Boxing day sales and plan your post-Christmas spree.
Known far and wide for its amazing sales, Next has long been a Boxing Day favourite. In fact, back in the days before online shopping, keen bargain hunters would queue outside, often from the early hours, to get in line to bag a year’s worth of clothing at heavily slashed prices. With many lines being reduced by at least 50%, the Boxing Day extravaganza is backed up by Next’s Feefo reviews, which reassure consumers about easy returns and good quality.
To take advantage of Next’s sale prices now, it’s a good idea to register an online account, so you can enjoy a VIP slot, ahead of the general sale going live.
Already considered to be a cost-effective company, IKEA cashes in after Christmas, with selected lines being heavily reduced. Few sale items are listed online, so you will usually need to visit a local store. If you want to snap up the really good deals, many seasoned sale shoppers hire a van specifically for the task.
Sofas are often reduced drastically, as are seasonal linens and kitchenware, but it’s worth taking a list of catalogue numbers with you and heading straight to the self-service kiosks. You can check the prices there and order, if they are as cheap as you hope. There is always the new Buy-Back initiative to look into as well.
Everybody’s favourite one-stop-shop, Argos offers significant discounts across its entire catalogue, once the Christmas rush is over. Electricals often have huge discounts applied to them, and it’s worth remembering that Argos and Sainsbury’s are the same company, so you can spend your Nectar points to reduce your costs even more. This can be very effective if you’re an avid Sainsbury’s shopper, and you use all the bonus extra point coupons you’re given throughout December.
If crafting is your favourite pastime, make sure you check out Hobbycraft’s savings on Boxing Day. With Christmas all but done and dusted, any seasonal craft supplies are instantly reduced, meaning you can snap up plenty of bargains for next year. It pays to plan ahead sometimes, so grab the cracker kits and all the festive felt you can!
Keep your eyes peeled for edible craft supplies too. These will normally have a short shelf life, so you probably won’t be able to keep them in stock until next year. They could make for some fun New Year treats though.
A discount retailer all year round, Sports Direct goes to town from Boxing Day onwards, to cash in on the New Year fitness resolutions that most of us try to subscribe to. If you stick to big-name brands such as Nike and Adidas, you can really see the savings add up, while also enjoying quality clothing that should help you settle into a fitness regime. But don’t forget that Sports Direct has more than just clothes for sale, with plenty of equipment too. There are even large gym-style machines for sale, as well as hand-held equipment such as dumbbells, racquets and yoga blocks.
‘Yellow ticket shopping’ is a term used to describe buying food from the reduced shelves in order to significantly lower your food bills, and Boxing Day is the bargain hunter’s Superbowl. Anything seasonal that has a short shelf life will be drastically reduced, in order to clear it and make way for the regular lines again. Plus, as soon as Christmas is over, space is needed for Easter! If you love the rich and decadent flavours of Christmas, you’ll be able to stock your freezer for a few weeks to come, and usually at some shockingly low prices. A good tip is to go just an hour prior to closing, for the lowest of the low prices.
Boxing Day sales are a long-enjoyed tradition and, though many of us promise ourselves we will use them for next year’s presents and to get really organised, let’s be honest and admit that we usually just treat ourselves to a few nice things. There’s no harm in that, so grab the jumpers you love, buy a new sofa and if you fancy a treadmill, get to it!
6 Of The Best Places For Boxing Day Sales is a featured post – you might also like my post on why we celebrate Boxing Day