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Nothing puts a dent in your savings quite like a Christmas shopping spree – especially when you leave it all to the last minute. But, with a bit of careful planning, you can time your shopping to coincide with some major shopping events.

Click Frenzy
November 12

Australia’s answer to ‘Cyber Monday’, Click Frenzy is an online mega-sale with four recurring dates throughout the year. For just 29 hours, browse the hottest deals from participating online retailers and score some serious bargains – all without leaving your desk.

www.clickfrenzy.com.au 

Black Friday
November 29

What started as a post-Thanksgiving tradition in America – and a sometimes violent one at that – has officially gone global, and more and more Aussie retailers are getting in on the Black Friday action. Online and brick and mortar stores offer crazy discounts on their most popular products, meaning you can save serious coin on your Christmas shopping.

Cyber Monday
December 2

As if the Black Friday mania wasn’t enough, Cyber Monday sees the excitement continue into the following week. There’s no need to join the stampede in-store, though: Cyber Monday, as the name suggests, is all online, and your favourite retailers will probably offer several days of discounts.

Local favourites return…

While November has become synonymous with global shopping events, your local retail outlets will no doubt host their own events, too. Harbour Town’s massive Get Outlet Sale will likely return for the second time this year in mid-November, and Pacific Fair is sure to get in on the Black Friday fun, too. We predict Westfields across the country will have plenty of centre-wide discounts in the lead up to Christmas, too, so prepare your list early to avoid blowing the budget.

Don’t forget to #shopsmall

In all your shopping this festive season, make sure you consciously put aside some spend for your little local businesses – those guys especially need us at this time of the year. Your gift recipients will also benefit from receiving a gift that’s been made by hand and/ or isn’t mass-produced. These are the gifts that really keep on giving.

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