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Pre-Christmas Boxing Day sales

The best deals of the year can usually be found during the week after Christmas, but it’s looking like this year, you may be able to find some pretty great deals in the weeks leading up to December 25th. I don’t know about anyone else, but I’ve been bombarded in the past few days with flyers and emails promoting sales around the city.

Holt Renfrew, for one, has kicked off a designer sale that will run until Christmas Eve, with discounts up to 60% on women’s and men’s fall designer fashions and accessories.

Town Shoes is offering up to 50% off of its entire fall and winter collection, plus an extra 20% off handbags with the purchase of shoes.

Browns has up to 50% off many of its shoes and boots, and Roots is offering $25 off sweats when you spend $100 or more.

The Brick is advertising that its Boxing Day sale has already started, will all TVs and appliances on sale, and 25% off all furniture and mattresses that aren’t already marked down.

I’m guessing that these sales are part of an effort by retailers to lure customers into their stores, at a time when consumer spending is still lower than they would like. It’s definitely good news for shoppers, especially during a month when holiday purchases can take a big bite out of your bank account. If more stores jump on the discount bandwagon, maybe you’ll have a better shot at sticking to your Christmas budget this year. Happy shopping!

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American-style bargain hunting

Every year, the shopping traditions associated with American Thanksgiving weekend seem to spread north of the border in a bigger way. Lots of retailers brought their Black Friday deals into Canada this year, with hefty discounts from such stores as The Source, Apple, Sears, Town Shoes, Jacob, and more.

In some cases, these deals lasted all weekend, as a strategy to entice Canadians to hit the malls and start their Christmas shopping. Based on the massive crowds at the Toronto Eaton Centre yesterday, it seems as though this strategy worked.

Nearly every store I went into had some sort of special discount offer, with some stores offering as much as 40% off all merchandise. And shoppers were more than willing to wait in long lines to cash in on these limited time offers.

Get ready for even more deals tomorrow – Cyber Monday – when tons of retailers will bring their sales to the web.

I’ve personally never been a big online shopper, preferring the experience of browsing boutiques, trying things on and getting my new purchases on the spot, rather than having to wait a few weeks for them to be delivered.

A recent survey by the Bank of Montreal indicates that this is the case for many women. Only about a third of women plan to do some of their Christmas shopping online this year. Not surprisingly, men are more likely to avoid the malls, with 49% planning to make internet purchases this year.

Overall, 41% of Canadians plan to do some Christmas shopping over the internet, and I bet a lot of them will be getting a head start tomorrow. Happy bargain hunting!

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