Chaos not over as shopping centres open for sales

Samantha and Krysteen Dawes had their groceries under control but went shopping for some last minute gifts on Christmas Eve. Photo Kathleen Calderwood / Rural Weekly
Samantha and Krysteen Dawes had their groceries under control but went shopping for some last minute gifts on Christmas Eve. Photo Kathleen Calderwood / Rural Weekly Kathleen Calderwood

IT'S a familiar sight at this time of year - shopping trolleys full to the brim, cars doing laps upon laps around the carpark and frazzled families lining up to have their photo taken with Santa.

>>Boxing Day shopping tips

Unfortunately the chaos isn't quite over yet, despite the pre-Christmas rush being done and dusted for another year, it's now time for the Boxing Day sales.

Samantha and Krysteen Dawes did some serious last-minute shopping on Christmas Day, leaving with a trolly full of chocolates and other gifts. However, they had their groceries under control.

The idea of braving the Boxing Day crowds was of no interest to Samantha though.

"I'll be at home with the family, spending time with my four boys," she said.

They had seen plenty of bargains already in the lead up to Christmas.

"Target has free decorations," Samantha said.

Pauline Santamaria was out shopping on Christmas Eve collecting some last minute gifts and food.

She wasn't planning on braving the crowds after Christmas, but had also seen some early bargains this year.

"I noticed in Target, we were there a few days ago and today they're marked down," she said.

How to keep your calm during the sales

Arrive early to find yourself a convenient carpark

If you want the best bargain it's best to shop around

Do some early research by looking online or through catalogues

Sign up to the mailing list for your favourite stores so you'll get the heads up on any bargains

Or stay at home and do all your shopping online

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