Boxing Day: Just because it’s on sale…

inBoxing Day, Shopping

… doesn’t mean you have to buy it!

This is the mantra you should be repeating to yourself as you walk through the Boxing Day sales.

Just because the “Deluxe Cheese Straightener” is 75% off, do you really need it? Impulse buying is what Boxing Day sales are all about, if you don’t have a plan on what you want to buy.

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Mrs. Caj was pointing an accusatory finger at me when I told her about this posting, because we did manage to find a Wii Fit on December 23rd, by simply walking into a Best Buy at 8:27 PM walking into the aisle where the Wii Fit would be, picking one out of the just opened box and walking away with it. Mrs. Caj and I chuckled the whole way out of the store.

Was this impulse buying? I’ll plead sort of guilty, because we did have some money left over (cash given to us by a relative, thus this was bought with cash) and we were planning on buying the Fit, however, we had also decided that we were going to wait until the next birthday to get it. Is this impulse buying? I’ll plead guilty on this one.

Do I Really Need This?

Remember as you wander through the aisles of RABID shoppers, if you aren’t trying to get something you planned to buy, you are simply impulse buying (or doing some retail therapy), and that is a mistake.


  • NadeauDecember 27, 2010, 5:11 AM

    Good description.

  • TraciatimJanuary 2, 2009, 8:20 AM

    I wouldn’t say that buying something early that you are planning on buying if you don’t need to use credit is impulse buying. Impulse buying would be going in with 40 bucks to get someone a movie, finding the movie is on sale half price so you leave with 120 bucks on your credit card and 40 bucks in your pocket because you got such a deal on the movie you buy Wii Fit too . . . and who wants to do two transactions at the cash register?


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