Christmas is my absolute favorite holiday; and, after Christmas sales are my absolute favorite sales! For me, post-Christmas sales are not just a time for me to buy extra stuff at a discount. No, it’s a time to stock up on things I need or will need next year at 50-75% off.
Here are some of the things I buy on the day after Christmas:
1. Wrapping paper. Have you noticed how much wrapping paper costs?! When you think about how quickly it is torn up and discarded, it seems like a shame to ever spend any significant amount of money on paper…even though the thick, fancy, shiny paper is so nice! I can’t remember the last time I bought wrapping paper at full price. I buy it after Christmas and just hang on to it. It’s easy enough to store. I usually just put it in my closet and pull it out when it’s time to wrap all the presents.
2. Christmas Cards. If you use boxed Christmas/holiday cards, this is the best time to buy them. I used to get in line at a local Hallmark store and choose from a fabulous selection of cards at 75% off. Sometimes ribbon and tissue paper is on sale too.
3. Christmas Decor. I usually evaluate what I felt like I’d like to add or noticed that I needed to replace on our tree or other Christmas decorations around the house. So, I have often bought indoor and outdoor ornaments, lights, stockings, paper goods and other Christmas decorations are all cheaper than they will ever be after Christmas.
4. Paper Goods. Two years ago, I bought a package of Christmas decorated paper plates that I thought would come in handy the following year. I ended up using them for the Christmas cookies we gave out to our neighbors. They were the perfect size and adorable. I have also bought baking cups decorated for Christmas at 50% off to use for the muffins we make around here all year round. My family doesn’t mind the green and red; they actually like it
What do you shop for after Christmas?
Preparation can save our family money during the holiday season. We save gas by not going back and forth to the store. We save on all the extra impulse buying we would have done. Last, but not not least, we save on time that we can then spend on eachother. Here are a few ways to prepare for Christmas.
I like to get candy and little dollar store toys as stocking stuffers for Christmas. Stocking stuffers don’t have to be fancy. They could be batteries for the toys the kids are getting, chapstick, or even socks. We use them to keep us occupied while waiting our turn to open gifts.
It never seems to fail during the holiday season that Christmas comes and I have forgotten an ingredient I need for dinner, or baking. I feel bad about making store employees work during the holiday, but have been thankful they are open. This year I don’t want the guilt, so I made a list of what I need and bought it a few days ahead of schedule. Making a list helps me get everything in one trip, but keeps me from over spending.
Tape or Wrapping
I hate running out of wrapping or tape when I am in the middle of trying to get gifts ready for under the tree. I usually do my wrapping on Christmas Eve after the kids go to bed. That means I’m getting these items after 9 pm at night. It’s not fun to run errands that late on Christmas Eve. Instead I get four or five dollar rolls of wrapping from the dollar store and three rolls of tape. I keep it in one spot, so it isn’t lost and I’m well prepared for a night of wrapping.
What’s on your Christmas Eve checklist?
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