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What is Boxing Day?

What is Boxing Day? Wikipedia states: "Boxing Day is a traditional celebration, dating back to the Medieval Ages, and consisted of the practice of giving out gifts to employees, the poor, or to people in a lower social class." You can read more about the history of Boxing Day here:

What's Boxing Day mean to thrifty folks, the people who are trying to save time and money? That's a more relevant question. Below are a few answers.

Countdown to Christmas: One of our favorite thrifty tips is "Buy Christmas presents all year round". It's a really good tip! The financial crunch that many are suffering from right now can be avoided, or minimized, by thinking ahead and starting to buy for Christmas now (or as soon as possible). I like to make a list of all the people I intend to buy Christmas presents for next year and I carry it around in my wallet. At the very least, it's a great time to buy small presents, the kind you might give to co-workers or use at a gift exchange. While Boxing Day may not be the best day to go shopping, if you can handle the crowds you will most likely find some amazing deals.

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Decorating for Less: The best time to buy Christmas decorations is right after Christmas. Ornaments, lights, dancing Santa dolls go out of style really quickly after Christmas and often are deeply discounted.

Taking Gifts Back or Exchanging Them: In general, there is a one or two week time period after Christmas in which stores have extra staff to handle returns and exchanges. It's also the easiest time to return something without a receipt.

Candy: Just like after Halloween, Easter and Valentines Day, you can get chocolate in various shapes and sizes for really cheap right after Christmas. You can freeze it and it use it in future baking projects. I am not certain how long you can freeze chocolate for but I'd imagine a few months at the very least, does any know? (Send mail to daily@thriftyfun.com or post online)

Set Goals on Boxing Day (or shortly there after): It's easy to overspend over the holidays which makes for a tight financial start to the new year. It's a good time to set financial goals for the new year and evaluate how you spent money. What did you spend your money on and where can you spend less? And sometimes, where should you be spending more money or time? Rather than dwell on debt or money you may have wasted, spend time setting goals for the next year.

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Post Your Thoughts on Boxing Day!: What items do you look for online after Christmas? Do you have a good way to ease the financial burden of the holidays? (Originally published 12/26/2000, revised 12/26/2007)

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By guest (Guest Post)
December 26, 20070 found this helpful

Information About Boxing Day Holiday:

Boxing Day comes one day after Catholic Christmas holiday, the Feast of St. Stephen, the first Christian martyr, is better known as Boxing Day. Nowadays, we often see, in certain families, gifts (boxes) given to those who provide services throughout the year. Boxing Day is listed in the Canada Labour Code as a holiday. Boxing Day is celebrated in Britain, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada. In other countries this holiday exists as well but may be called by different name.

What is common is that in large households, the family may have used this day to distribute Christmas boxes to their staff and perhaps poor families. Many stores have gifts and items on sale and that way through shopping offer their offerings. It is well known shopping day in Canada anyway. Check out Amazon store they always have specials during the boxing day. Enjoy your shopping during Boxing Day, not all days.

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December 26, 20070 found this helpful

Regarding freezing candy. I do not know for sure how long it is recommended to freeze chocolate candy but I've had it in the freezer for one year and it tasted perfectly fine. In fact, we ate some Hershey kisses that I bought a year ago when Christmas candy was half price. Also I had bought some mini Snickers bars after Halloween one year and forgot about them for a year in the freezer. I defrosted them and they tasted just like fresh. Now I go after Halloween, Christmas, Valentine's Day and Easter and buy up chocolates to freeze and enjoy other times of the year for far less money. It doesn't always stay frozen for a year, of course but atleast I have found out that it can stay good that long!

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By guest (Guest Post)
December 26, 20070 found this helpful

I don't know about boxing day, but I do know about living thrifty, and the first thing to do is start saving your money rather than spending it. i went without for a long time and how I got out of that jam was to tell myself no even when it was on sale. I did this for quite a few years until I could save enough money to be ok say for the loss of a job or a big emergency then I continued to save and watch for sales. Then before you knew it I could afford to shop the sales with out putting my self in the poor house. Sale or no sale, pay your bills, save, and then shop. Love to all and happy holidays.

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