After-Christmas sales can be a wonderful time to load up on bargains – and this applies to more than just Christmas items. This piece will show you how to make the best of these bargains. Enjoy!
Use Coupons for More Savings
Coupons for baking supplies, candy and other holiday foods dominate the newspaper inserts in the week’s leading up to Christmas, but that doesn’t mean you have to use them then. Hold on to them, wait until items go on clearance, and that’s when it’s time to use these coupons for an even better deal.
Shopping Ahead for Upcoming Occasions
Shopping ahead for next Christmas makes sense, but so does shopping ahead for other occasions. Use the after-Christmas sales to stock up on birthday presents, anniversary gifts, Mother’s Day & Father’s Day gifts as well as end-of-the-year teacher’s gifts. Here are a few ideas to keep in mind:
- Stocking stuffers can be used as party favors, in Easter baskets or as Valentine’s gifts for the kids
- Red candy, candles and decorations can be used for Valentine’s Day
- Green candy and decorations can be used for St. Patrick’s Day
- Solid colored gift wrap can be used year-round
- Solid colored party supplies (plates, napkins, cups) can be used for birthdays and BBQs
- Gift sets can be repackaged (if they’re in holiday packaging), and you can give them throughout the year
Don’t Overlook Thrift Stores
Thrift stores receive a lot of year-end donations from folks who are looking to grab a last-minute tax deduction, and that means there’s a surprising amount of new or gently used merchandise for thrift store shoppers to sift through. Stop in at your local thrift store to see what they have to offer. If you’re lucky, you may even find a sale!
Snatch Up Bargains on Returned Merchandise
One shopper’s Christmas return could become your next big bargain. Scour the electronics and clearance sections of stores for open box merchandise and other returned items that can no longer be sold at full price.
Look Past the Packaging
Nuts, chocolate, cereal, cookies and many other foods get special packaging for the holidays – a selling point before Christmas, but not much of one after. Look for these items to get marked down quickly, and enjoy cheap eats throughout the year. And remember… it’s the packaging and not the food that’s expired.
Shop the Drug Stores
Drug stores are a great source for after Christmas deals because they tend to receive less foot traffic than big-box stores (meaning there’s more to choose from), and they generally mark down their merchandise faster.
Stock Up on Craft Supplies
Do you make a lot of your own Christmas gifts? Then use those after Christmas sales to stock up on holiday-themed ribbon, fabric and craft supplies. Bear in mind: red craft supplies can also be used for Valentine’s Day and the Fourth of July, while green can be used for St. Patrick’s Day.
And Don’t Forget