LONDON, Ont. -- A Bank of Montreal survey says 62% of Canadians expect to shop on Boxing Day. With tips from a pro shopper and a couple who know retail, reporter Dan Brown gives you the details on how to make the most out of the sales.
Veteran shopper Ashlie Hawkins runs the Nonsense blog at Madamclerk.blogspot.ca. Here are her tips for Boxing Day bargain-hunters:
Have a game plan: "I like to scope things out ahead of time to get an idea of what I'm after -- that works especially well with clothes if you have some particular items in mind."
Avoid the change rooms: "Dress in layers so you can try things on over your clothes instead of having to wait for a change room."
Technology is your friend: "Use an app to check out flyers ahead of time -- I like to use Reebee to check all my flyers on my phone, it's awesome."
Pack your patience: "Just be prepared to stand in line and have a game plan of stores you want to hit -- I always prefer the big-box stores to the chaos of the mall."
Opt out of Boxing Day entirely: "When in doubt, just shop online!"
Long-time core retailers Carol Vandenberg and Gord Mood own L.A. Mood, the venerable local comic and games store. Their suggestions:
Go early: Supplies of popular items are limited, so be the first in line to have your pick of the crop.
Or...sleep in: "Go later in the day to avoid the rush" -- especially if you don't have a morning-person personality.
Pay cash: "It is usually faster," so you will minimize your time spent in line at the counter.
Wait until later to exchange Christmas items that do not suit you: "Do a return a day or two after Boxing Day." Some stores will not even do returns during Boxing Week.
Exercise empathy: "Remember that the store staff is very busy and they may have lost track of who needs help, so it is OK to ask more than once. Being polite and civil will make for a better day."