There was a time when the shops didn't open on Boxing Day. I remember it. On Christmas Eve my mum would head to the local shop to stock up on milk and bread. And then came the Boxing Day sales. Suddenly it was the biggest shopping day of the year.
But over the last few years Boxing Day has been losing it's grip on the best day for sales. With the American pre-Christmas Black Friday becoming standard fare all over the globe, the best sales are now found before Christmas.
If your email inbox is like mine, you'll already be receiving Black Friday mail. Retailers telling you to be prepared for their deepest discounts, or most rewarding offers of the year. All vying for your attention...and money. I've also noticed this year, retailers trying to get ahead of the curve, by sneaking in with their own Black Fridays, a week or two before the 'official' sales day.
I've been quizzing my friends and fam-bam today, and my circle has a healthy mix of differing Black Friday opinions.
- Those hoping to grab a deal on a big purchase, like a new sofa.
- Those looking to grab some Christmas present bargains
- Those who are actively not spending now, to ensure they have a healthy bank balance to splurge
- Those who just don't care about Black Friday.