Mr Taxman
Change the way you feel about taxes.
Get informed and discover what the taxman doesn't want you to know.
Sharing it with Australia, Mr Taxman is a regular Woman’s Day columist and TV finance commentator
  • click to visit Mr Taxman on Twitter
  • click to visit Mr Taxman on FaceBook
  • rss

Xmas sales

Dec 28, 2010

Should we get all excited with the post-xmas sales or should we just stay well clear of them?

Mary-Ann, Neutral Bay

Without a doubt there are some great bargains to be made during the post-xmas sales but I would put a big sign up saying "Buyer Beware".   

Just as there is no such thing as a free lunch, there is no such thing as getting something for nothing.  I always have a quiet chuckle to myself when I hear someone "saved" $100 when they actually spent money doing so. 

I am sceptical about whether the discounts are truly genuine and that the quality is not diminished during these sales, so it pays to do some research before buying.

The post-xmas sales were designed, more than anything, as a marketing ploy to get people into the shops straight after the Christmas spendathon.  It seems to have worked as the sales attract a lot of people to them.  There is a buzz when you walk through the shopping centres in January.  It is that "buzz" which creates an adrenalin rush amongst shoppers who seem to start buying on impulse. 

And impulse shopping is the worst for any good savings plans, particularly when you can see a "50% Off" sign.  To avoid getting caught in the moment, the best thing to do is to devise your own post-xmas sales plan.

Work out a budget on how much you can afford to spend.  Make sure that you have allowed for the next credit card bill to come in after you hit it hard last month.   If you can't afford to spend any more then you must be disciplined and go without.  For those that can afford to do some shopping then leave your credit card at home and only take your budgeted amount in cash with you. 

Make a list of things that you need (rather than want) as that will help you reduce the urge to spend thousands.  Shop around for those items, particularly online.  You will be surprised just how many unwanted Christmas presents will be for sale on sites such as eBay.

Finally, a quick tip for those buying next Christmas' presents now ... make sure you buy the right size, particularly for those growing bodies.

Tags: FamilyFinancial Planning

Author: Mr Taxman

Comments

Post a New Comment

Media Availability

Are you interested in booking Mr Taxman for a speaking engagement or requesting his viewpoints for an article?

comments-rhsLatest Comments

  • "I will recommend anyone looking for Business loan to Le_Meridian they helped me with 500,000 USD loan to startup my Quilting business and it's was fast When obtaining a loan from them it was..."

    By: LESLIE CEASER at Jul 22, 2018 12:19PM

    Post: The secret to getting your loan approved

  • "Get yours Blank Atm Card from Crown tecnology today and Become rich Whatsapp/Text: +19093755834 I got my already programmed and blanked ATMcard to withdraw the maximum of $2,500 daily for..."

    By: razack at Jul 22, 2018 11:56AM

    Post: The Full Cost of Motoring in Australia

  • "Is this answer still applicable in 2018? The allowance is on my pay slip and explained, as being separate, but in my e-tax return it's added to my total assessable income, but I didn't think it..."

    By: Lisa at Jul 22, 2018 11:20AM

    Post: Claiming car expenses

  • " My name is HEATHER. I have be hearing about blank Blank ATM cards , I never paid any interest to it because of my doubt.They are very good helping us to actualized our major goal in life.Back to..."

    By: Heather at Jul 21, 2018 11:22PM

    Post: Research confirms adviser exit fears

  • "If you are looking for a positive lending experience I would recommend Le_Meridian Funding Service. It is surprisingly easy to receive a debt help. You will be treated with respect and..."

    By: connie morgan at Jul 21, 2018 7:44PM

    Post: First home buyers face market ‘extinction’