Boxing Day Shopping Tips

ALWAYS missing out on good Boxing Day sales? If you’re staying behind for the holidays, Trinity College Foundation Studies students Christine Ho, Julia He and Eugene Choi give you their tips on how to effectively shop this Boxing Day.


Heralded as Australia’s biggest shopping day of the year, Boxing Day follows immediately follows Christmas Day and sees rabid shoppers go crazy for bargain sales from clothing to technology.

But if this is your first time experiencing Boxing Day, don’t get lost in the swarm! We’ve got some handy tips for you to get the most out of your shopping experience!

Know what you want to buy!

Empty rack of clothes and hangers after a big sale.

Before the big day, we recommend taking some time out a couple days prior to Boxing Day so that you know what you’re looking for. Make sure to compile a list of specific products that you’d like to buy and know the brands you’re reaching for.  Rather than go in blind with Boxing Day, preparing beforehand will save you time and trouble.

Getting around town!

Photo: Reinis Traidas via Flickr

Photo: Reinis Traidas via Flickr

Once you’ve figured out what you want to buy, getting there on the day is another hurdle. If you have your own car or know someone who does, it might be better to leave it at home since finding parking on one of the most crowded and busiest days of the years could prove problematic.

We suggest getting around by public transport and get in early! If you’re extremely keen, some of the first trains that morning will begin running at 5.00am so you can wait outside the shops once doors open.

Public transport times, including train, buses and trams, can be accessed at Public Transport Victoria’s website or via their official app.

Dress for success!

shopping and tourism concept - beautiful girls with shopping bags in ctiy

What you wear to Boxing Day sales is as equally important as what you buy.

If you’re buying clothes, cut back on what you’re wearing already so that you can use your time in the change room more efficiently.

For girls, a simple t-shirt, skirt and a pair of flats should do the trick. Guys ought to rock up to the shops in short pants, a t-shirt and a pair of slip-ons.

Know when your store opens!

Photo: avlxyz via Flickr

Photo: avlxyz via Flickr

If you’re planning to visit the big shopping malls and departments of Melbourne, it might be best to know what time they’re open for business on the day! Luckily for you, we’ve got the big four stores listed for you.

DFO: 8.00am – 8.00pm
Myer: 5.00-6.00am – 12.00pm
David Jones: 5.00am – 12.00pm
Westfield: 8.00am – 9.00pm

Mind your budget! 

Photo: reynermedia via Flickr

Photo: reynermedia via Flickr

It is really easy to overspend on this day; if you think it’s worth your patience then go for it!

With some products on sale for less than 75 percent of their regular retail price, it will certainly be tempting to buy anything and everything you see. This, however, might not be the wisest of options especially if you’re on a budget.

Just remember that even though Boxing Day is the one day of the year where shoppers can let loose, there will still be sales leading up to, and even past, the New Year! Stocktake sales are quite frequent after Boxing Day so if you’re patient enough, just wait until after Boxing Day and you should still be able to grab a few good deals.

What’s been your best purchase during Boxing Day?

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