Best Buy

Best Buy is the Boxing Day destination of choice if you’ve got electronics on your list. Aside from its special “Boxing Day Pricing Now” promotion (see ‘When Do Boxing Day Sales Start?’ section below), Best Buy is kicking off its Boxing Day specials on December 24 at 12:01 a.m. PST/3:01 a.m. EST and releasing more sales the same day at 3:01 p.m. PST/6:01 p.m. EST once brick-and-mortar stores are closed. 

Starting December 24 at 3:01 a.m. EST:

  • Nespresso Vertuo Next Deluxe Coffee & Espresso Machine with Aeroccino at $219 instead of $319.99
  • Sony 75″ X90J 4K HDR LED Smart Google TV at $2,299 instead of $2,799.99
  • Dell 27″ QHD 165Hz 1ms GTG IPS LED FreeSync Gaming Monitor at $449 instead of $739
  • Xbox Wireless Controller at $59.99 instead of $74.99

Starting December 24 at 6:01 a.m. EST:

  • Bose QuietComfort 35 II Over-Ear Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones at $269.99 instead of $399
  • Cuisinart Precision Master Tilt-Head Stand Mixer, 5.5-Quart at $189.99 instead of $399
  • Pioneer 50″ 4K HDR LED Smart TV, Fire TV Edition at $429.99 instead of $629
  • WD Easystore 16TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive at $349.99 instead of $499.99

The Brick

The Brick‘s Boxing Day sale looks more like Boxing Week, with the sale beginning on December 23 and lasting until the 30th. There are also shorter door crasher promotions between the 24th and 26th in stores and online with even steeper deals. You’ll find tons of sale items for furniture, mattresses, home electronics, and appliances. Here are some of the highlights:

  • TEMPUR-Support 2.0 Firm Queen Mattress Set for $1,899 instead of $2,049
  • Sealy Posturepedic Proback Plus Rose Petal Eurotop Queen Mattress Set for $945 instead of $2,199
  • Samsung 65″ QN90A QLED 4K UHD Smart TV for $2,499 instead of $3,799
  • 87″ Scarlett Sofa for $599 instead of $1,199
  • Brada 15.6 Cu. Ft. French-Door Refrigerator for $899 instead of $1,199
  • Save an extra $300 when you purchase three or more kitchen appliances

Walmart

If you don’t have the patience to shop online or in store at more than one location this Boxing Day, then Walmart is your safest bet to pick up most of the items you need. Walmart’s Boxing Day event begins online on December 24 and in stores on December 26. In this year’s Walmart flyer, the retailer has advertised entire pages of items that are on sale online only, meaning you can still get some great deals without lining up at the store.

  • RCA 4K UltraHD LED HDR Webox Smart TV at $628 instead of $848
  • Nespresso® Vertuo Next Coffee and Espresso Machine by Breville at $97 instead of $199
  • Save up to $50 on select PS4 games including The Last of Us Part II and Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
  • 50% off selected clearance toys
  • BenQ 35″ Ultrawide Curved Gaming Monitor at $549 instead of $899 (online only)
  • Kamado Joe® Classic Joe I 18″ Charcoal Grill in Blaze Red at $898 instead of $998 (online only)
  • Galanz 29” French Door Refrigerator, 16 cu.ft. at $999 instead of $1,499 (online only)
  • Ninja Foodi 10-in-1 8-quart XL Pressure Cooker Air Fryer Multicooker at $189 instead of $299
  • Schwinn IC4 Bike at $999 instead of $1,249 (online only)

More: What credit card should you use at Walmart in Canada?

Canadian Tire

The Boxing Day sale at Canadian Tire is starting on December 23 and extending until December 30, with bonus days on the 26th and 27th promising up to 40 times Canadian Tire Money on your purchases. In the Canadian Tire flyer, you’ll find plenty of items like sports and workout equipment, tools, home electronics, cookware, and products for your car on sale this Boxing Day. This could be a great time to nab some of those deals if you’re planning on doing some home renovations this year.

  • Save up to $200 on Dyson stick vacuums
  • NordicTrack EXP 7i Treadmill at $1,999 instead of $3,899
  • Shark EZ Self-Empty Robot Vacuum at $299 instead of $549
  • Black + Decker Cordless Li-Ion Drill with 100-Piece Accessory Kit at $69 instead of $189
  • 70% off Paderno pots and pans
  • Up to 50% off select Cuisinart small kitchen appliances
  • 30% off select Ninja kitchen appliances, including blenders and air fryers
  • Mastercraft Dual-Bevel Sliding Mitre Saw, 12-in at $299 instead of $649
  • 25% off select all-season and winter tires

More: Canadian Tire Triangle™ Mastercard® review

The Source

Boxing Day at The Source begins on December 22 both in stores and online. Based on The Source’s flyer, you can expect some great deals on small electronics like laptops, speakers, gaming items, headphones, smartwatches, and more. The sale is on until December 30, but deals are only available while quantities last, so don’t leave your shopping to the last minute. Here are some of the best promotions:

  • PowerA Wired Core Controller for Xbox Series X for $29.99 instead of $44.99
  • Beats Studio³ Wireless Over-Ear Headphones at $249 instead of $399
  • Samsung TU7000 55” Crystal 4K UHD Smart TV at $679 instead of $849
  • ASUS X515JA-TB51-CB 15.6″ Laptop at $599 instead of $749
  • Apple AirPods Pro at $279 instead of $329
  • Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Noise Cancelling Wireless Earbuds at $119 instead of $189
  • Fitbit® Sense™ Soft Gold Stainless Steel with Lunar White Band at $259 instead of $399
  • GoPro HERO9 Black Action Camera at $429 instead of $529 + bonus 32GB Class 10 MicroUSB memory card

Staples

The Boxing Day sale at Staples begins online on December 25 at 12:00 a.m. EST, and in stores on December 26. The retailer’s Boxing Day flyer is valid until January 1, giving you a full week to take advantage of these sales. If your focus this year is expanding your home office for a more comfortable work-from-home setup or you want to stock up on supplies for your small business, then Staples might prove to be a good one-stop-shop this Boxing Day.

  • Acer 11.6-inch CHROMEBOOK 11 at $199 instead of $299
  • Samsung 27″ Curved FHD VA Monitor at $219 instead of $329
  • Linksys Atlas Pro 6 at $399 instead of $599
  • Sully Bay St. 3 Drawer Desk at $124 instead of $249
  • Union & Scale FlexFit Dexley Mesh Task Chair at $199 instead of $279
  • Apple MacBook Air 13.3″ Notebook at $1,199 instead of $1,299
  • Norton 360 Premium 2021 – 10 Devices at $34 instead of $109
  • Staples 10-Sheet Cross-Cut Shredder at $79 instead of $129
  • Between 20%–50% off at the print shop on calendars, photos, and photo books
  • QuickBooks Desktop Pro 2021 at $274 instead of $449

When do boxing day sales start?

While Boxing Day falls on December 26, many retailers now offer extended Boxing Week sales and even begin offering promotional prices in the days leading up to Boxing Day. Some retailers start their sales on the 24th once stores close for Christmas, while others might start even earlier. If you’re eyeing a specific product, check the retailer’s website to find out when their particular sales begin.

For example, this year Best Buy is offering a “Boxing Day Pricing Now” promotion, in which certain items have been on sale throughout December at their lowest price, with the promise of a refund of the difference in the event that the price drops further after you’ve made your purchase.

What should you do if a Boxing Day deal is sold out?

Boxing Day is often seen as separate from other promotions retailers have throughout the year, which means their usual company policies like raincheques and price matches might not apply. It’s best to check with a retailer directly to ask what happens if the item you want is sold out.

If an item is sold out on Boxing Day and the store can’t offer a raincheque or price match for when it’s back in stock, keep an eye on that store’s January sales. They might have the same offers in January when people are already shopped-out, so it doesn’t mean the discounted price is lost forever!

To avoid any disappointment, here’s a Boxing Day online shopping tip I recommend: instead of waiting until the day itself to begin browsing deals, decide what you want ahead of time and add those items to your cart online. When the Boxing Day sale starts, the promotional pricing will be automatically applied to items in your cart, allowing you to check out and beat the rush of online shoppers.

Hacks for saving more this Boxing Day

Zeroing in on the best sale is only half the Boxing Day battle; the other half is priming yourself to pocket even more change at the register. We’ll let you in on our secrets for going way south of a Boxing Day sale’s advertised prices.

Gift yourself a discount

Pause: is this your first time hounding Boxing Day sales, or is it a confirmed ritual? If you’re nodding at the latter, the next time your partner/family/friends ask you what you want for your birthday or Christmas, tell them to skip the guesswork of finding you the perfect item and to instead just give you a gift card to your favourite retailer.

Or take matters into your own hands by dusting off any unused rewards points you might have lying around. A number of major rewards programs—like Amex Membership Rewards and Aeroplan—allow you to convert points into gift cards for the likes of Best Buy, Walmart, and Amazon.ca. And the rate you get per redeemed point is usually cost-effective.

You can quickly check our Loyalty Program Bible to see if your rewards points can be converted into gift cards for your favourite stores.

Explore cash-saving apps and websites

Certain cash back apps, like Ampli and Rakuten, allow you to shop through their portals to get further discounts in the form of cash back on a percentage of your purchases. If you plan on doing your Boxing Day shopping primarily online, using these apps at online retailers can earn you a chunk of change.

If you prefer not to use an app, there are also a number of websites that you can use to earn cash back on your purchases.

Break out the right plastic

Your current credit card might pay out oodles of cash back or rewards on everyday spending categories like groceries or gas, but don’t be surprised if the rate you get for your Boxing Day purchases is comparatively puny. Most of the stores with big Boxing Day sales are classified by credit cards as electronic, warehouse, or wholesale retailers, where you’ll likely earn back at your card’s base rate. Refer to our list of Canada’s best cash back credit cards to see which will give you a high ‘everything’ earn rate for your Boxing Day buys—1.5% or more is quite good for a base cash back rate.

You can learn more about how credit cards categorize retailers by reading our guide to Merchant Category Codes in Canada.

A bargain bonanza

While the culture of Boxing Day has changed significantly in the past two years, its tradition of killer sales fortunately seems here to stay. December 26 remains one of the most fiscally savvy days to buy big-ticket appliances, electronics, and furniture.

But don’t get too intoxicated by the bargains, lest you end up with a holiday hangover when your credit bills come due. A great sale is only great if you can afford it!

About the Author

Alicia Schneider

Alicia Schneider

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Montreal-born Alicia Schneider is a digital nomad that specializes in freelance content and travel writing. She has experience writing about financial topics such as invoicing and accounting as well as business technology and software. When she's not writing, she's exploring a new destination that most likely includes sun and a beach. You can see more of her work at aliciaschneider.com.

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