Crazy Christmas deals – that’s what the madness is about after Christmas. Hoards of people go into a frenzy over clearance Christmas ornaments, tinsel, angels, stars, inflatable Christmas decorations, Christmas trees, Christmas skirt and especially Christmas cards and wrapping paper. And the list goes on…phew!
I try to avoid going to the shops on Boxing Day for the sales and it’s not just because I don’t like all the crowds, it starts with trying to find a car park. If you don’t get there super early in the morning, you’ll spend half your day looking for a car park and try to avoid the drivers who are so busy looking for a park themselves that they nearly side swipe your car. NOT my idea of fun.
Stir young kids into the mix and you have a recipe for insanity on a loop. “Mum, can we buy <insert any toy name that looks half interesting> as it’s on special.” (over AND over). And my reply “yes honey, everything is on special and my wallet isn’t big enough to buy the whole store”.
So, when you eventually do find a park you’ll face aisles of poorly re-hung Christmas ornaments; sometimes tangled or broken on the floor, tinsel overflowing out of the clearance tub like it had been popped like a jack-in-the-box. Christmas wrapping paper lying on the floor ready for you to play froggie and you’ll find yourself all glammed up before you get home from somehow (no-one really knows how it happens) getting glitter near your eye or on your clothes. The Christmas tree area is generally pretty sparse and don’t even THINK about trying to get some customer service.
Yes I know that sounds very bah humbug, but it’s just the experience I have every time I go hunting for Christmas clearances. Most certainly you can pick up some bargains because retailers don’t want to put the stock in storage for another year so they are keen to shift it out of their stores. It’s just a case of how game you feel. So, do you feel lucky punk? (from the movie Dirty Harry).
5 Tips To Get Christmas Deals
- Do some comparison shopping online for a list of things you want to get
- Rather than go to the shops, you can get some pretty good deals online and get your good home delivered
- If you really do want to go to the shops then do it every second year so it feels more novel
- Sometimes stores have invitation only nights in shopping malls and you can get some great discounts prior to Christmas and some finger food in some instances too – added bonus! Add yourself to their email list to stay informed
- Look for stores that offer a price guarantee and make sure you take a copy of a cheap prices somewhere else for the same item. Some stores will not offer a price guarantee on already reduced items but some might
If you still feel the need to go shopping and be part of the Christmas sale frenzy in an attempt to get some crazy Christmas deals then take a friend so you can stop and have a coffee in between and make it a more enjoyable experience. Leave the kids with a responsible care giver. Wear comfortable shoes and take your own carry bags if you have some. We also have some deals on our Christmas site too which you can check out in our Christmas Deals section.
Whatever you decide, I am sure you will get some deals this Christmas. Just make it stress free!