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<p>I made the decision to go to the Boxing Day sales because we really needed a new toaster.</p>
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<p>I was nervous that my brain would turn to mush in the shops and I would be sucked in to buying stuff I didn't need....but I was amazed how easily I coasted past all the stuff that people were sifting through. In previous years I would have been right there along side of them, seeing what 'bargains' I could get...yeah stuff I never knew I needed till I saw it on sale.... <span><img alt="whistling.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/whistling.gif"></span></p>
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<p><span>I managed to come away with only a toaster, and a calendar for the new year at half price, and one solitary book for $7.50 (reduced from $27.50)...and guess what the book is about........</span><span>decluttering! </span> <span><img alt="ROTFLMAO.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/ROTFLMAO.gif"></span></p>
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<p><span>I came home and said to DH what a fantastic shopping trip it was....he looked at my small amount of shopping and said "It doesn't look like you got much" and I said "yep, that was what is fantastic about it." </span> <span><img alt="thumb.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/thumb.gif"></span></p>
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<p><span>Is anyone else braving the sales?</span></p>
 

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<p>I've had to brave our local shopping centre two days in a row now! On  Boxing Day DS1 had an emergency appointment at the dentist which is located *in the centre* and today I took my sons to the movies as it was raining and they were given tickets as Christmas gifts.</p>
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<p>It was pretty crazy - driving around for ages looking for a park, security guards directing people in and out of elevators, etc. I don't like the vibe at all. I didn't buy anything, stayed away from Meyer, DJs etc.</p>
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<p>Good for you for just getting the toaster! And what book was it? :)</p>
 

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<p>I was going to go out yesterday to get some storage bins and such, since they're all on sale.  DH has a small home-based business building emergency lights in addition to his full-time job.  Our basement is packed with LED bulbs, miscellaneous electronics pieces and parts, wiring, and heaven-knows-what-else.  He isn't the most organized person to begin with, and having to buy parts in bulk hasn't improved the situation any.  I desperately want him to move his business stuff out to the garage workshop, but for now it's living in the basement. </p>
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<p>I also wanted to get some Christmas lights.  Our pre-lit tree didn't light this year, so I'm going to pull the lights off it and string new ones.  I was waiting for the lights to go on sale, and I'm sure they are now.</p>
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<p>But, since DS was a tired, miserable wretch yesterday, I skipped it.  Guess there are upsides to crabby babies! </p>
 

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<p>I did pretty well. I did purchase some wrapping paper, but we use it sparingly and I got enough for at least 3 yrs worth of wrapping. I also bought a new bathroom rug since ours had a hole in it and a new measuring cup (broke mine while making cookies).  I did buy one item I really didn't need to, a puzzle christmas book for the kids for next year.</p>
 

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<p>I did some one-line shopping (LL Bean, 3 items for $40 plus free shipping), bought myself a dayplanner (MIL usually gets me one, she didn't so I ordered it), and ordered some Dansko's online ($39 including shipping, a bargain).  Then we went out shopping and I got a cami and sweater for $15 from Old Navy, DD got 3 tops and a pair of sweats with a Christmas gift card, hubby got a nice top for $8, I got my ears re-pierced (top hole), and hubby returned some items that were duplicates and got some fleece pants and a CD (also undies and a toothbrush).  Oh, and I got a vest at 60% off during that last stop.</p>
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<p>So we did a little post-Christmas shopping, but they were all good deals and things we needed (well not the ears...but I'm ok with it!) and we didn't go overboard.</p>
 

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<p>I bought lunch and a coffee, and nail clippers - we're visitng family and I forgot them at home. DS is clawing everyone - his nails got so long, so an intervention was needed.</p>
<p>I was tempted to browse, but together as a family we kept our resolve.</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>tree_hugger</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1287525/new-approach-to-the-post-christmas-sales#post_16140531"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br>
Good for you for just getting the toaster! And what book was it? :)</div>
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<p>Thanks..got the toaster in Myer so it was quite challenging just getting through all the crowds to get it!</p>
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<p>The book is "It's All Too Much" by Peter Walsh. One of the few Australian decluttering books I have come across.  It says on the front that Sydney Morning Herald called him the "Undisputed King of Decluttering."  I am enjoying reading it so far!</p>
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<p>I braved the sales at Target to get Christmas stuff for next year.  DH will FINALLY not be deployed for Christmas (we haven't spent it together in 3 years) so I wanted to get the must have decor stuff.  I got a 7 foot tree, tree skirt, tree topper, and 50 ornaments for 50 bucks.  All we will NEED for next Christmas is some lights so I think I did well!</p>
 
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