Source: My mother's advice given over many years
By Patty from Galveston Island, TX
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I am a power shopper after any holiday day. What I look for are things that can be used other times of the year, for other reasons than what it is sold for.
The day after Christmas is the best shopping day of year. I buy wrapping paper in solid colors, stars, plaids, anything that is not a Christmas Pattern and I get it for 50 to 70% off. This way I have wrapping paper all year long.
The Christmas frenzy and day after frenzy is over and retailers are still trying to move merchandise from their shelves. Now is the time to shop if you can think ahead some. I gather up my discount bucks I got from buying before Christmas.
With the stores trying to rid themselves of Christmas inventory, you can score some pretty amazing deals that aren't just bound by a December holiday. Small toys are perfect for Easter baskets, and red and white themed chocolates are perfect for Valentine's Day!
After Christmas, that's when the sales start from 70-90%. I was incredibly shocked with the amount of selection at my local Target. I was able to stop by on January 1st and stock up on Christmas items, all for 90% off. Items that I would normally not splurge on but have always wanted:
I just bought this gourmet coffee for 30 cents! The original price was $3.99. That's a 92% savings. There is plenty of winter weather left to enjoy it. The Christmas package is the only reason it is so inexpensive.
To save on hostess gifts, I purchase hand towels, kitchen towels, and cloth napkins all year long when they go on sale after any holiday. They are wonderful hostess gifts or stocking gifts at Christmas.
Shop the 'After Christmas' sales (or any other holiday), to buy inexpensive treats or other items that have been marked down for friends or people that you might have forgotten to pick up a gift for (or stock up for your next gift giving event)
Be sure to shop after holiday sales aisles. These aisles might not be close to the front of the store, so ask if you can't find them.
Wood stoves come on sale after Christmas. I first purchased one that was not welded together. Big Mistake! Downdrafts would fill the house with fumes while we slept. I got rid of it for one that is sealed.
Have a list of items that you really need before you shop sales. No point in having a lot of multiples of Christmas supplies that you won't use, no matter how cheap they are! They take up storage space. By Syd
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What are your tips for shopping the sales after Christmas?