Square deals drag them in
bY tonia moorton firstname.lastname@example.org LISMORE mum Adri Mueller didn't have to fight to get her kids out of bed yesterday morning.
They were up early and ready to take advantage of the Boxing Day sales at Lismore Shopping Square.
Adri's teenage son, Wolfgang, was busy riffling through the PS2 games at EB Games, while his young sister, Ruby, watched on.
"We were looking for a specific computer game but we can't find it," Adri said.
"But with all the games at reduced prices, I'm sure we'll find something."
Adri said the family had already pushed through the shoppers at Kmart to pick up a bench press. "And I haven't made any Christmas returns ... yet," she said.
The Square was busy with shoppers grabbing bargains at jewellery chains, mobile phone stores and clothing boutiques.
Queues at the major department stores were starting to form at 10am.
The savvy shoppers were getting in early for the big item sales.
And a recent survey by the Australian National Retailers' Association suggests more people are spending less before Christmas and saving up for the Boxing Day sales.
"In many cases shoppers are putting off major purchases until the sales and they are making major savings as a%result," ANRA CEO Margy%Osmond said.
"Consumers are expected to spend about $35.4 billion%over the Christmas period."