One Good Thing: Boxing Week Deals

I originally got the idea from blogger Becky who runs a blog called Strikeouts + Sprinkles. She has a weekly blog series called One Good Thing although I only plan on making this blog post a one-time thing. She made me realize that I tend to view life from a negative perspective, and therefore, I need to be more mindful about focusing on the positive things in my life. You might be wondering how the above photo fits the theme of this blog post; this is a photo of my car covered in snow from last week’s snowfall. Normally, such an event would discourage me from leaving the house, but luckily, my husband volunteered to rescue my poor car. Had he not forced me to get out of the house, I would have stayed indoors all weekend feeling sorry for myself.


Ruthless Frugality

Six years ago, I embarked on the frugal journey while working on personal development and honestly, I prefer this lifestyle compared to the typical consumerist culture that has plagued the western world. Every year, I look forward to the semi-annual sales because I can save money on items that I already use on a regular basis. This week, I am grateful for the boxing week sales and still having access to in-store shopping in my province. This weekend, I was able to buy what I needed for the New Year. These items will easily last me an entire year! 😊

Disclaimer: This is not a humble-brag blog post similar to the ones I have seen littering the WP Reader lately. The purpose of this blog post is to give readers hope and empower them to think about how they can save money and live life more intentionally. I challenge you to think about the things are most important to you, and learn how embrace discomfort in the year 2021. Most importantly, you need to learn how to let go of the things that do not matter and completely let go of the things that give you zero return in your life.

Buy All The Things!

Even though I am not currently employed, hopefully I will be starting a new job(s) in the New Year. It costs money to live, but I do not like spending full price on things if it can be avoided. Please note that there is a clear difference between being cheap and being frugal, and if you need more context, please google it instead of asking me. Also, if you want to learn more about frugality, you can read my blog post called 7 Ways to Stop Wasting Money under the page titled STUDENT LIFE ツ

Today, I will share with you what I bought during boxing day weekend. I purchased all of these items myself after making a list and checking it twice prior to going out. None of these items were gifted to me. Let’s face it – most bloggers would love to receive gifted items from sponsors and advertisers but this is not reality for the majority of people. Most of us are stuck buying our own shit stuff. Here is what I bought:

1. The Body Shop: Body Butter and Shower Gel

I bought 3 sets of body butters and shower gels from the Body Shop, priced $5 each ($15 for all 3). One travel size butter butter costs $6 regular price so this was a great deal. It takes me a very long time to use body butter so travel sizes are perfect for me. I have yet to try these scents: British Rose, Almond Milk & Honey, and Mango. The shower gels are bonuses! Every year, I also get a $10 gift card on my birthday just for signing up with The Body Shop!

2. The Body Shop: 2 Body Yogurts

One body yogurt costs $16 CAD regular price. At sale price, they usually sell for $10 each. Using the birthday gift card, I scored a free body yogurt 2 years ago not knowing if I would even like it. I ended up really liking the texture of body yogurt since it does not leave a sticky or greasy residue on my skin. I recommend body yogurt to anyone who is tactile sensitive like me. For this body yogurt duo, I only paid $12 CAD! This is what I call a discounted-discount item. I am happy that I waited until after Christmas to buy it as I have been wanting to try British Rose and Almond Milk Body Yogurt for a while.

3. Posh Planner from Costco & Backup Planner

Not everything goes as planned which is why I ended up with 2 planners for the year 2021. Ironically, I ended up with the same planners last year! I initially bought the planner on the right costing me a pretty penny ($4) from Dollarama. The planner itself is OK but the pages are really thin. Then I went to Costco for a non-alcoholic sparkling juice beverage, and to my surprise, this Costco had the Posh Deluxe Organizer! I love this 17-month, habit-tracking planner; Posh Deluxe Organizers are the best, hands-down. I loved my 2020 Posh Planner but I am not a fan of the price. It costs $14.99 CAD at Costco; if you go anywhere else including amazon.ca to get this planner, it will cost you $29.99+ so consider your options.

Where will 2021 take you? Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post. I hope that you feel inspired to live a more intentional life next year. By habit tracking, I believe that we can stop wasting money once and for all. Feel free to leave a comment below ↓ and I will do my best to reply to your comments! ❤

Thanks for stopping by!

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29 thoughts on “One Good Thing: Boxing Week Deals

  1. esoterica says:

    This is such great advice! We do that same in our house. When anything we use regularly goes on sale, we stock up, stack coupons, and try to stretch each dollar. It’s become a fun games, almost, and feels like such an accomplishment. I hope 2021 gifts you many more frugal jackpot finds!

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    • Hilary Tan says:

      I am happy that you found this blog post relatable and helpful! 😄 My husband stocks up on items too, especially non-perishable food items and candles. Speaking of candles, he bought 5 new candles today. Yes, I coupon as well and I try to use digital coupons wherever possible. Canada is less coupon-friendly compared to the states, so I often look for discounted in-store items instead.

      I turned it into a game too and I feel very accomplished whenever I am able to save money on items that I actually use. Over the years, I also learned that clutter gives me anxiety, so I have to be very mindful about how much stuff I buy during these shopping excursions. 😅

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  2. Becky says:

    Awh I’m glad I was able to inspire this post! 🙂 I definitely think we sometimes get swept up in the bad and I started my weekly One Good Thing series to give myself and others a chance to reflect on the past week and try to find something good that made us happy, made us smile, or just made us feel good. Hope you had a nice holiday season and happy 2021!

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    • Hilary Tan says:

      Thank you for reading, Becky! I’m glad that you got the notification! 🙂 Deep down, I think we know to practice gratitude, but how many routinely practice it? Your blog series is a great reminder for all of us to take a step back and think about the positive things in our lives.

      Fun fact: I’m not sure if I told you this, but my 4-year old daughter’s name is Rebecca. ❤

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  3. PoojaG says:

    I absolutely love the Body Shop and a lot of their products are really great. I haven’t tried the Body Yogurt yet but I will definitely give it a try. I bought some makeup on sale but that was about it lol!

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    • Hilary Tan says:

      I switched to The Body Shop after being a loyal shopper at Bath & Body Works for many years. It was the body yogurt that made me make the switch, and rediscovering my love for body butters as well. Body Yogurt is a really nice product and I highly recommend trying it when it goes on sale! 🤗 $10 and below is a great sale for body yogurt.

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