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Tips and tricks for shopping the Boxing Day sales

While you might be settling down with a glass of Champagne and a mince pie right now, the keen among you might be preparing to hit the sales tomorrow.

And with this handy guide, you’ll know exactly what to do come Boxing Day.

FEMAIL spoke to leading Australian stylist, Lana Wilkinson, as well as the Sydney-based financial advisor, Canna Campbell, for their top Boxing Day sales tips and tricks.

Get a notepad – you’ll need it.

With the Boxing Day sales around the corner, FEMAIL spoke to leading Sydney-based financial advisor, Canna Campbell (pictured), for her sales shopping tips

First of all, the financial expert said you need to check what you've got at home before you head out to line up - make a list before shopping, too (stock image)

First of all, the financial expert said you need to check what you’ve got at home before you head out to line up – make a list before shopping, too (stock image)

According to Canna, the first thing you need to do before hitting the sales is check what you’ve got at home:

Get ahead – Boxing Day sales shopping tips

* See what you’ve got in your house and figure out what you need. Go through your wardrobe in order to see if there are any holes which need to be filled.

* Check the prices online to price compare and check whether there’s value for money.

* Dress appropriately on the day – you need to be comfortable in order to get changed lots.

* Avoid impulse spending by having a ‘targeted approach’ to shopping.

* Buy the right size – always. It’s not a bargain if it doesn’t fit.

* Check out the changing rooms for the best finds – often, people will have tried things on and left them there. The changing room staff might not have had time to alter them.

* Go early to beat the crowds – if you’ve got your eye on something, don’t risk disappointment.

‘See what you’ve got in your house and figure out what you need,’ she told FEMAIL. ‘Then make a list to stop distractions.’

The leading Sydney-based financial advisor also recommends checking the prices ‘online tonight before you hit the sales in order to see where is the best value for money and which is the best quality’:

‘Sometimes, you can get real bargains, but sometimes paying a bit more may mean the product will last longer,’ she said.

On the day itself, top celebrity stylist, Lana Wilkinson, also said it pays to ‘dress appropriately’:

‘Boxing Day is one of the biggest shopping days of the year,’ she explained to FEMAIL. 

‘Choose something comfortable which is easy to take on and off when trying items on.’  

She also said you need to have a ‘targeted approach’ by making sure you know exactly what’s in your wardrobe beforehand, in order to ‘avoid impulse spending’.

‘When you are shopping, always buy the right size,’ she said. ‘It’s not a bargain if it doesn’t fit well – and alterations are always an additional cost.’ 

Canna (pictured) recommends price comparing on the Internet to ensure you're getting the best bargain 

Canna (pictured) recommends price comparing on the Internet to ensure you’re getting the best bargain 

Australian celebrity stylist, Lana Wilkinson (pictured), also shared her tips - which include heading to the changing room to ensure you're seeing everything in the shops

Australian celebrity stylist, Lana Wilkinson (pictured), also shared her tips - which include heading to the changing room to ensure you're seeing everything in the shops

Australian celebrity stylist, Lana Wilkinson (pictured), also shared her tips – which include heading to the changing room to ensure you’re seeing everything in the shops

Finally, among the more niche tips, Lana said it’s a good idea to check out the changing rooms when hunting down bargains:

‘Head to the changing room for the best finds,’ she advised.

‘Others will have tried pieces on and sales assistants and stylists may not have had time to put them back on the racks.’

Lana said it's important to have a 'targeted approach' to Boxing Day shopping - in order to avoid impulse spending (stock image)

Lana said it’s important to have a ‘targeted approach’ to Boxing Day shopping – in order to avoid impulse spending (stock image)

Last before least, 'get there early before things get snapped up - if there's something you've got your eyes on, it pays to be there before the crowds to make sure you get it (pictured: Canna Campbell)

Last before least, 'get there early before things get snapped up - if there's something you've got your eyes on, it pays to be there before the crowds to make sure you get it (pictured: Canna Campbell)

Last before least, ‘get there early before things get snapped up – if there’s something you’ve got your eyes on, it pays to be there before the crowds to make sure you get it (pictured: Canna Campbell)

Last before least, ‘get there early before things get snapped up.

If there’s something you’ve got your eyes on, it pays to be there before the crowds to make sure you get it.  

Westfield shopping centres around the country will be open on Boxing Day. To find out more about their opening hours, please click here



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