Does it ever feel like Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Boxing Day don’t live up to the hype?
That may be because retailers use all kinds of tricks to make consumers think they’re saving money, even when they aren’t. One example, according to Katie Dunsworth from the money-saving website SmartCookies.com, is the door-crasher special. Retailers will advertise some truly amazing discounts — but only on one or two items that quickly sell out. The goal is to lure consumers into their stores or onto their websites, where they end up spending on things that aren’t so deeply discounted.
There are, however, some real deals out there. It’s just a matter of knowing how to find them. Here are five ways to avoid over-paying on Boxing Day.