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PF Weekly Grab a Brew #52: Boxing Day madness wasn’t so mad

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I don’t mind going shopping on Boxing Day as long as long as I don’t have an agenda.

I find that every year we tend to head out to the stores with no goal in mind only to see what bargains are to be found.

It’s more of a tradition each year now just to roam around and see what the stores are getting rid of at rock bottom prices.

We set out early on Boxing Day bright and early at 5:30 with our first stop being Future Shop for 6am only to notice that the line-up wasn’t near as long as it was in 2012.

What is going on? Are people not wanting to spend money on Boxing Day? Are the deals not worth getting up for? To be honest we didn’t even read the Boxing Day flyers as it’s been so busy.

Is online-shopping taking front seat to getting up and venturing out into the cold waiting in line? Not everyone is comfortable shopping online yet but I’m betting over time we will see more people staying home unless the stores come up with better in-store deals.

Future shop even went as far as to offer customers free Tim Hortons coffee which was great if you wanted to take the time to make one at the brewing station. There was no line-up there either, not surprised at that either.

The mall was equally as quiet with the hallways not picking up with foot traffic until about an hour after the mall actually opened which was very surprising.

You would guess that gift card holders would be jamming the stores wanting to take advantage of the sales with the gift cards they received.

Many of the mall deals were standard up to 70% off  or buy one get one free or take and extra 50% off the last ticketed price.

The stores that were packed were the techie type stores that carried everything from cell phones to video games to laptops and TVs.

We ended up picking up a laptop door crasher at Future Shop for our relative but they had so many left that it made it seem like it was any other day of the week.

We weren’t complaining as we didn’t have to fight off hundreds of people just to get save a few bucks. I guess it wasn’t as much of a hit as they thought it would be but it was what we needed to get so a bargain for our relative.

Future shop was crawling with people and probably one of the busiest shops we went into aside from Sears which had some pretty good knock-out sales.

My wife was able to pick up 2 pairs of leather high heel boots regular priced $149.99 and $239.99 for just under $40 a pair where last year she found a white Columbia winter jacket for around the same price with the regular price close to $300.

You can’t pass up those types of deals especially since she’s been looking for boots for a while that she feels comfortable in as she has size 10 feet which is hard for some women to find a comfortable shoe and boot.

We didn’t stay out too long as the wife has been very sick in bed all week and trying to keep up with the festivities at a snail’s pace but still smiling her way through it all.

If we were smart maybe we could have just woke up, made coffee and turned on the laptop and finished our Boxing Day shopping online where I can only assume many Canadians took to.

Did you go out Boxing Day shopping?


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This weeks festive Top Recipe comes from a blog called Foody Schmoody… I’m just Cooking with Anginetti Lemon drop cookies which are traditional Italian cookies made during the Christmas holidays.


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Well, that’s a wrap for this Friday’s grab a brew #52 so happy saving and I’ll see you here again next week when I do it all over again.

-Mr. CBB



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