With these great tips from CHOICE you can hit the Boxing Day sales armed with ideas to bag a bargain on the things you actually need.

Tip 1: Make a plan

Many retailers release their sale prices ahead of time so you can get a head start before you hit the shops.

Tip 2: Do your homework

If you’re planning on buying a big-ticket item, check out how it performed in CHOICE’s reviews first.

Tip 3: Set a budget

It’s hard to not buy all the shiny things you see on sale, but if you set a budget up-front, you’ll save yourself from buying things you don’t need.

Tip 4: Compare products and prices

Just because something is on sale doesn’t mean it’s the best deal.

Tip 5: Consider an alternative brand or model

With some products, you pay a premium for the brand name, but a lesser-known brand might perform just as well.

Tip 6: Avoid expensive add-ons

If you’ve snapped up a bargain-priced TV, don’t undo your hard work by paying a premium for pricey accessories or unnecessary extended warranties.

Tip 7: Haggle

Even when things are on sale, you may be able to negotiate a cheaper price – particularly for big-ticket items like whitegoods and TVs. And if you can pay in cash, you may be able to get a lower price on the day.

Tip 8: Push back against pushy salespeople

No matter how attractive an offer may seem or how persistent a retailer is, don’t fall for the hard sell. You could end up with something you don’t need or want, or worse – a dodgy product.

Tip 9: Check store policies in advance (and keep the box)

While retailers must provide a remedy (refund, replacement or repair) for a faulty product, they’re under no obligation to refund or exchange for change-of-mind purchases.

Tip 10: Make sure the products are safe

If you’ve bought an unsafe product, take it back to the retailer for a refund, replacement or repair.

For the full details visit CHOICE.com.au