Q. The ads for boxing week sales seem to start earlier every year. While we don't go shopping on Boxing Day, it's tempting to pick up a few things during the following week. Are the deals really worth it?
A: The sales at this time of year can look enticing--and so they should, as retailers look to enhance their bottom line.
But the real bottom line you need to consider is your own. Ask yourself a few questions as you think about what you might still like to buy over the holidays: