ELIZABETH Lynch postponed Christmas to take advantage of the traditional Boxing Day sales this year.
"I have six children and 15 grandchildren," Ms Lynch, who lives in Toormina, said.
"I didn’t spend anything for Christmas because I can get everything now a lot cheaper.
"We’ll have our family gathering in January or February."
She was happy to spend the day finding what she wanted and was not fussed about waiting half an hour outside Park Beach Plaza jewellers, Michael Hill.
"They are only letting a few customers in at a time.
"It’s good for the service but hard on the legs."
At Centro Toormina Belinda Hoole’s early start paid off.
With many businesses only opening their doors at 10am, she had the pick of the piles at the Book Warehouse.
"Christmas is for the kids, so now I’m shopping for the adults," Ms Hoole said.
"There’s not much money left but now I can get twice as much."
Urunga’s Kristy Hickey had planned her shopping expedition to Target carefully.
"I knew what we needed, got here early and now 45 minutes later we are ready to go," she said. "I’ve probably saved about $200."
Other shoppers, like Michael McGrath, were doing some late Christmas shopping.
"I worked before Christmas – this is the first chance I’ve had to buy any presents," he said.
The 10am opening time of many businesses caught more than a few shoppers by surprise, but for those who had been waiting, the day ahead at the beach or by the pool That Lay Ahead was a welcome bonus.