Ok, so we're all in a bit of a funk now that Christmas Day is done for another year, but there's no reason to be glum - it's Boxing Day and we all know what that means... 

Yep, the biggest sales of the season are officially underway, and now that you're equipped with from Christmas cash from your Gran or vouchers from your folks, there's never been a better time to head to the shops and fork out for that thing you've had your eye on for months.

Whether you're a seasoned sale pro or a first-time Boxing Day-er fear not - we've got the ultimate shopping tips on how to nail those busy sales. Trust us; this is something we know a LOT about... 

Here's our cheat sheet on surviving and thriving during the manic sales period....

1. Timing Is Everything
Most stores will open at 9am sharp but the online sales could start anytime after midnight on the 25th. We advise you get the desired homepage up on your phone when you go to bed and, for the really hard-core among you, you might just want to set your alarm in the little hours (how early is up to you...) and then every half an hour until you get up and check it intermittently. Also, make sure you follow and keep up to date with the brands on Twitter and Facebook; they're sure to be the first to let you know when their sales are live.

2. Work Out EXACTLY What You Want First
When you're battling against hoards of other people, it pays to know exactly what you want to buy. Now that the turkey's done and the crackers are pulled, you should definitely take a minute to check out what they've got that you actually want/need/can't live without. Make a note of the product code and then, as soon as you hit the homepage on sale-day, you can simply type it into the super-handy search and it'll take you right there; an on-the-spot decision is never a good idea so it pays to do your home work.

If deciding on your final purchases early is too much to ask, at least have an idea of what you're after and stick to it. Finding yourself searching through perfumes when you were really looking for a new pair of heels for New Year's Eve will waste your time and will increase the chances of the item you actually want selling out. 

If you're going old-school and heading down to the shops themselves, it always pays to know what you're searching for on the shelves. Check out the brands website first, scout out the pieces that you want and, if at all possible, print the images of the items out to make it easier to ask a sales assistant if they know where they're at in store. They'll love you for it and will be more likely to help you out elsewhere in the shop...

Isla Fisher In The Shopaholic

3. Changed Your Mind? Know Your Return Rights
While most stores won't change their returns policy for the sake of the Boxing Day sales, it always pays to check it out before you buy. We advise getting all of your items in your virtual basket then opening up a second window and taking a quick look at the policy, just in case. 

In-store, there will usually be a sign at the tills stating all the T&C's, so it's definitely worth a glance at before you pop in your card...

4. Online Shopping? Refresh Fingers At The Ready
As the majority of us will be sat on the sofa with a laptop on our knee when the action gets underway in the AM, you can bet that some websites will experience issues due to the influx of customers logging on at the same time. The spinning wheel of death or that know-it-all egg-timer are guaranteed to make an appearance, and it's most likely you'll encounter items 'disappearing' from your shopping bag (oh, how we LOATHE that). Speed is key, but sometimes there's only so much you can do. Just breathe and don't let the refresh button out of your sight... 

Isla Fisher In The Shopaholic

5. A Cold Queue Is Often Inevitable
If you're going down to your local Next or Currys store in person, it goes without saying that it pays to get there early. A queue WILL be in place and you WILL have to wait your turn to get in. In short, wear your cosiest coat and make sure you've got your head-phones... 

Isla Fisher In The Shopaholic

6. Dress For The Occasion
As much as you might have fallen in love with that sequin skirt your sister gave you, or those over the knee boots from your nan, bare in mind that you’re going to be stripping in and out of your clothes A LOT over the next eight hours. So sensible dressing is a must, and comfort is key. That pavement is going to take some pounding! Ideally your clothes need to be easy to get in and out of - jumpsuits work well as do floor-length knit dresses, but sometimes nothing beats the classic combo of boyfriend jeans and a cashmere knit.

And don’t even think about wearing heels. Shoes that slip on and off are the only way to go: flats or trainers are both your friends. Lastly, make sure your underwear is up to scratch. It might not be the most attractive set you’ll every wear, but a nude thong and strapless bra will go with whatever you throw on in the changing room.

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Now it's over to you now. Go out there and make us proud! Oh, and happy Boxing Day...