Good news for those people hanging out for the Boxing Day sales this year - they've started early.
The retail sectors downturn in the past financial year has triggered mass discounts across entire stores starting a surge in sales this week.
Major retailers are now taking advantage of this by starting their Boxing Day sales online on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Myer often takes the lead in beginning their massive online stocktake sale and now a number of major fashion retailers plan to follow suit.
To take advantage of the great discounts and sales this time of year, Alyce Cowell, a Westfield Insider blogger, advises even the most seasoned shopper to make a plan of attack. Despite it being a sale, Miss Cowell advises that you still want to "have a budget and stick to it...make a list of what you want or things you know you'll need".
[ADVERT]Miss Cowell said that with many sales already in full swing, it was worth having another look after Christmas.
With all this in mind, below are some basic but necessary Boxing Day sales survival tips:
Check store trading hours - most stores will open earlier than normal on Boxing Day. Make a list of what you want or need and stick to it - don't get distracted just because something's on sale.
Focus on how much you're spending, not how much you've saved. Buy bulkier items last so you're not carrying them around all day. Look closely at what you're buying for any faults or flaws.
Wear comfortable shoes and clothing that's easy to get in and out of if you'll be trying on clothes.
• Be aware of return policies on sale items.
• Shop online where possible - most stores will replicate their sales on their websites.
Don't know where to shop? Following is some information on the big retailers and what their sales will be like to help you form that plan of attack.
Pick up a bargain on anything from fashion and footwear to home wares and white goods at this post-Christmas sale.
When: December 26 from 6am. Check the Myer website for store locations and trading hours.
Where: Selected Myer stores nationwide.
Join your fellow fashionistas and save at this massive Boxing Day sale.
When: December 26 from 6am.
Check the David Jones website for store locations and trading hours.
Where: Selected stores nationwide.
Pick up selected men's and women's fashion, accessories and denim for 30 - 40 per cent off.
When: December 26.
Where: Saba stores nationally.
Visit saba.com.au for store locations and trading hours.
Visit your local Sunglass Hut and find selected designer specs for 50 per cent less. Brands include Prada, D&G and Versace.
When: December 26 - 31.
Where: Sunglass Hut stores nationwide.
Save up to 50 per cent off clothing, shoes and accessories at this end of year sale.
When: Decemeber 26.
Where: Portmans stores nationwide.
Find 30 to 50 per cent off selected men's and women's apparel and accessories at the Ralph Lauren end-of-year sale.
When: December 26.
Where: Ralph Lauren stores nationally