Boxing Day Advice

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Happy Boxing Day! You have managed to make it through Christmas Day, and now you must figure out whether you are a Boxing Day person or not. Remember the Boxing Day Main Event is You vs. Your Debt, so don’t add to it! (yes I realize that Boxing day has nothing to do with pugilism)

Things Not To Buy on Boxing Day

As a public service, here is a list of things that you should not buy on Boxing Day:

Truly Xmas Crap

Truly Xmas Crap

  • A pet or any kind of pet larger than a gerbil, the SPCA is full of animals that were bought on a whim. Are there boxing day pet sales?
  • Wrapping paper or any kind of Christmas decorations, you are not getting a good deal, you are taking steps towards being a full-out hoarder. I don’t care if the stuff is free, you have to store it, you’ll forget about it and if you are lucky throw it out, keep your money!
  • A car. Seriously, you are buying something over $20,000 on a boxing day sale? If you can impulse buy something that is that expensive, you really have a problem.
  • Construction supplies, unless you are about to build a new house, 20 sheets of dry wall for $2 a sheet cheaper is not a deal!
  • A frozen turkey, it’s not going to keep until next Christmas, you will waste more money on the electricity keeping it cold in your freezer.

What is Acceptable to Buy on Boxing Day

  • Presents for 2nd or 3rd Christmas. If anyone has an extended family and more than 1 Christmas, Boxing Day is a fantastic day to get your Christmas Shopping finished (if you have a list).
  • Something that your Grandparents gave you money to buy. I used to get a picture of something and was told to buy it at the Boxing Day sales (good idea).

The question you must ask yourself today is, “Do I really need to go stand in line with a bunch of crazy people to buy something that you aren’t sure you need“.

{ 5 comments }

  • Andrew December 27, 2012, 12:54 PM

    Just want to pipe up that a fuller freezer is a more efficient one, so from that perspective the turkey won’t cost extra to store if you have the space; keeping it there until next October is of course unacceptable.

    As for the car purchase, as an impulse buy, yes, that’s a terrible move. However, if you planned to buy a car anyway, it sounds like waiting until Boxing Day could save you a good chunk of change.

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    • bigcajunman December 27, 2012, 3:40 PM

      Agreed, if you were planning on buying something, and you knew it was going to be it’s cheapest on Boxing Day, by all means, join the maddening crowd, but don’t impulse shop. I was planning on buying Anti-Virus software and got a better deal.

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  • Michael James December 26, 2012, 9:47 AM

    I think I found another acceptable purchase. My son needs a small bracket to mount the new solid-state drive I bought him for Christmas. At least he’ll be at a computer store and not some crazy department store.

    BTW, the last time I clicked on your “Notify me of follow-up comments by email” I got an email asking me to agree to subscribe. I ignored it thinking I might be agreeing to more than just followup comments to this post. If others react the same way, then it’s hard to get a conversation going if people aren’t getting notified of further comments. I think that if I click the box, that’s enough of an acknowledgement that I want further comments by email.

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    • Big Cajun Man December 26, 2012, 11:20 AM

      I’ll look into the comments thing, it’s all quite complicated I find.

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  • Felix Lee December 26, 2012, 9:36 AM

    Great tips. I certainly don’t want to become a hoarder on Boxing Day! I have enough stuff (junk?) in my home and don’t need to add to it. I’ll most probably stay home and avoid the crowds.

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