You’ve put up your decorations. You’ve begun shopping and maybe even wrapping presents. You’re gearing up for the holiday you’ve waited for all summer. 😉 Okay, so maybe you haven’t yet, but I have.
Maybe it’s the planner in me. Maybe it’s the shopper in me. Whatever it is, I have started thinking about what deals I’m going to be looking for on December 26.
As our family decorated the tree this year, we managed to break an ornament. We broke a couple last year because the little ones couldn’t keep their hands off of the shiny, colorful “balls” on the tree. So, I’m taking notes.
1. Tree Décor. Take note of the tree décor you have and what you’d like for next year. Maybe you would simply like to replace ornaments that have been broken or lost. Perhaps you’re thinking you’d like to make more dramatic changes and alter the style or color combinations on your tree. You’ll never have a better perspective on the changes you’d like make than right now.
2. Wreaths and other holiday décor. I got a great deal on a wreath about six years ago. It’s been a great wreath. But, it was one of those that you buy green to add your own decorative pieces. It was a fantastic deal and super cute. But, some of those pieces are falling off now. So, I’ll be looking for deals on wreaths on December 26 this year so that we can be ready with a wreath for next year. If you have tablecloths that are worn or if you added another table to your holiday supplies (as we did), you may need a new tablecloth for next year. The best time to get the best price on a holiday tablecloth will be right after Christmas.
3. Lights. They can be such a headache. How is it that in the year that they simply sit in storage, they just decide to stop working? That happens every year it seems, right? Don’t wait until next year to be reminded how many strings stopped working this year. Take notes and replace them in two weeks!
4. Wrapping paper. I almost always buy Christmas wrapping paper the day after Christmas. It’s always at least 50% off right after the holidays. Since it’s so easy to store, it’s worth it.
Bonus Tip: Many stores now begin their Christmas clearance markdowns as early as December 23rd. So if there’s something that’s a high priority on your shopping list, it may be worth it to take a look early!
Will you be doing any Christmas décor shopping the day after Christmas?
That little red clearance sticker is one of my favorite things to see when I’m at Target. I’ve gotten some fantastic deals on clearance there. Once in a while I match a clearance item with a coupon. Then, I’m a very happy camper. Check out some great deals you can get on Target clearance items this week.
Extra Seasonal Edition Gum, 3 pk (reg $2.29) $1.12, clearance price
Final Price: $1.12
Maxwell House International Cafe French Vanilla, 4 oz (reg $2.99) $1.48, clearance price
Final Price: $1.48
Archer Farms Kettle Corn Ground Coffee, 12 oz (reg $7.59) $3.78, clearance price
Final Price: $3.78
Archer Farms El Salvador Buena Vista Ground Coffee, 10 oz (reg $8.49) $4.24, clearance price
Final Price: $4.24
Market Pantry Low Sodium Dark Red Kidney Beans, 15.5 oz (reg $0.74) $0.51, clearance price
Final Price: $0.51
John Frieda Colour Refreshing Gloss, 6 ct (reg 11.99) $5.98, clearance price
Use $3.00/1 – John Frieda Colour Refreshing Gloss Haircolor (johnfrieda.com)
Final Price: $2.98
John Frieda Intense After-Colour Conditioner, 5 oz (reg $11.99) $5.98, clearance price
Use $0.50/1 – John Frieda Hair Care Product from SS 10/5
Final Price: $5.48
John Frieda Salon Trends Precision Foam Colour, 1 pk (reg $11.99) $3.04, clearance price
Final Price: $3.04
We are days away from Halloween. If you don’t have a costume for yourself or your little one, chances are you can get a pretty good deal on one right now. (As a matter of fact, Walgreens has some costumes on clearance and a $5 coupon on page 11 of their coupon book. So, you could actually score a free costume if the price is right on the clearance costume of your choice.) If your favorite store doesn’t have costumes on clearance yet, just head over there on Saturday morning!
Have you considered shopping for Christmas during these Halloween clearance sales? You should! Think about it. How much do your children love to play dress up? Right now, my daughter dresses up whenever we are home. She even asks if it’s okay to wear her princess dresses when we go out! Boys love it, too. In my daughter’s class yesterday, one boy’s “show and tell” talk involved a Ninja Turtle costume he put on. He even showed us a few of his Ninja moves. 😉 Costumes are not just for Halloween.
It’s not just costumes, though, that could make good holiday gifts. How about accessories? Capes, swords, tiaras, and costume jewelry all make fantastic gifts and stocking stuffers. Candy might also be a possibility if you don’t mind the Halloween colors or characters. That may simply depend on how old your children are. Older ones may care; I guarantee that the younger ones won’t. 😉
So, when you pass by that Halloween clearance aisle this week or scan the online deals at a popular website, take a second look with your Christmas shopper eyes. That dress, that cape, and that sword could put a huge smile on your little one’s face on December 25. All you need to do is hide it for two months! 😉
Have you started shopping for Christmas yet?
Being thrifty often takes a fair amount of organization and planning. There are times, however, that being thrifty is relatively easy and even fun. Here are just a few ways to enjoy being frugal with very little planning.
I love to have apples around the house all year long. However, I keep on eye on produce on sale when I make my decision about what fruit and vegetables we will purchase. With the exception of onions and garlic, most of the produce on the counters or in the refrigerator in my home is based on what’s on sale at the time. Fall is one of my favorite seasons for many reasons. Among those reasons is the amazing deals on apples. Sometimes I make apple pie at this time of the year. Most of the time, though, I just eat more apples. 😉
Where I live summer officially ends about three months before it begins to actually get cool. So, buying summer clothes on sale is not just something we do to plan ahead for the following year; it’s a great discount on shorts, dresses, and flip flops that we wear most of the year around here!
Shopping the day after a holiday is one of my favorite things to do. Prices are usually slashed by at least 50% and I’m already thinking about what I’d like to have around for that holiday the following year. Christmas, Thanksgiving, Halloween, and even Valentine’s decorations are steals the day after the big day. What I learned a couple of years ago is that since food is such a major part of Thanksgiving and Christmas, some foods are treated as clearance the day after those particular holidays. I’ve made it a bit of a ritual to head out to my local grocery store the mornings after both of those holidays to get deeply discounted turkeys. Since turkey will keep for a year in the freezer, and since our family loves eating turkey, it’s a stock up item!
How do you have fun while being thrifty?
Do you ever stroll along the aisles at Target looking for those lovely red clearance stickers? This list includes a bunch of Target clearance finds this week. Keep in mind that clearance items and prices vary from store to store. Don’t miss these great deals.
BarkThins Snacking Chocolate, 4.7 oz (reg $3.99) $1.98, clearance price
Final Price: $1.98
Maybelline New York Color Show Nail Lacquer, 0.23 oz (reg $2.99) $1.48, clearance price
Use $1.00/1 – Maybelline Color Show Nail Lacquer from RP 9/7
Final Price: $0.48
Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy Cardshark 100 Nail Polish, 0.4 oz (reg $5.00) $3.50, clearance price
Final Price: $3.50
Wet n Wild Megalast Nail Polish, 0.45 oz (reg $1.69) $0.84, clearance price
Use $1.00/1 – Wet n Wild or Fergie Product from SS 9/21
Final Price: Free
Biolage by Matrix Ultra Control Deep Smoothing Masque, 5.1 oz (reg $21.00) $10.50, clearance price
Final Price: $10.50
California Baby Super Sensitive Sunscreen Stick, 0.5 oz (reg $14.99) $6.34, clearance price
Final Price: $6.34
California Baby Super Sensitive Sunscreen, 2.9 oz (reg $19.99) $8.54, clearance price
Final Price: $8.54
I had a close call yesterday! No, it wasn’t an accident or anything serious like that. I went shopping in the Target back to school clearance section. I’d been keeping an eye on a couple of items and knew that the 30% markdown would soon increase to at least 50% and later increase yet again to 75%! I wanted to wait, simply because I was in no hurry to buy the new backpack and thermoses. And, when I was in the store just a few days prior, there seemed to be plenty of the items I wanted.
Then, my daughter decided she really, really needed her new Sofia the First backpack for her first day of a class she is taking. I figured I could go ahead and buy the backpack and then check back on the thermoses later in the week, in hopes that I’d get a better deal with time.
Well, that is NOT what happened! When I glanced over at the thermoses, there were plenty of the Sofia thermos we had picked out for my daughter but none of the Planes thermos my son liked. None! So much for waiting! I went ahead and picked up the girly one and decided to just get a plain one for my son. But, to do that, I had to go to the kitchen section. As I looked at all the plain, very grown up-looking thermoses, I realized that there was one, just one, Planes thermos completely out of place and in the wrong section! Thankfully, I got it and got the clearance price $7.49 (regularly $14.99). That was a very close call. And, it served as a reminder of the risk you can run waiting for items to get more deeply discounted. You may lose your great deal to all the people happy to get a good deal.
Here are a few more tips to keep in mind when shopping clearance:
Budget. Make sure you have a budget in mind. It’s easy to spend much more than you need when you see mark downs. But, getting good deals doesn’t take away from the reality that you are still spending money!
Check Your Receipt. Sometimes the clearance prices don’t show up at the register. So, be sure to check your receipt before you leave the store to make sure you get the deal you thought you were getting.
Don’t Buy What You Don’t Need. It seems like common sense. But, something about trying to save money and discovering great deals turns an I-can’t-miss-this-deal switch on in your brain. But, if you don’t need it or don’t need much of whatever “it” is, then just don’t buy it. If you’ve made the mistake and bought too much, return what you don’t need.
Do you impose any limits on yourself when shopping clearance?
Did you know that your local grocery stores and drug stores have sales cycles. And, did you know that there are specific items that go on sale every month? Furthermore, can you believe that it’s already June?! Well, this month you can find lots of great summer deals. Check out this month’s sales and clearance items.
National Dairy Month. I bet you didn’t realize that June is National Dairy Month. I don’t think we have that on our family calendar 😉 Look for deals on milk, milk-cereal combos, ice cream, cheese, butter, eggs and yogurt. Sometimes, stores will display the “discount” by offering a store coupon for those products. So, keep your eyes open for either discounts or coupons on all dairy products.
Fourth of July. Expect to find deals on all things related to summer cook-outs, especially Fourth of July. That’ll include: Hot dogs, hamburgers, buns, barbeque sauce, ketchup, charcoal, salad dressing, potato chips, dips, mustard, mayonaise, relish, ice cream, popsicles, frozen treats and soft drinks.
Seasonal produce. This is my favorite. We like to eat the fruit and veggies that are in season and, therefore, on sale! So, be looking for sales on apricots, blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, cherries, corn, cucumber, eggplant, grapes, honeydew, nectarines, peaches, potatoes, raspberries, red onions, summer squash, strawberries, sweet Vidalia onions, tomatoes and watermelon.
Summer Stuff. Summer stuff includes insect repellent, sunscreen, outdoor furniture, shorts, sun hats, beach toys, lawn mowers, barbecues and grilling utensils, swim wear, kid pools, sandboxes and sandals.
Gardening. Well, for those of us whose temperatures have already started lingering in the 90s, our gardening season is just ending. For those of you who live in places where people can actually enjoy being outside and do some gardening in the summer, be sure to check out deals on plants, flowers, seeds, watering cans, plant food, soil, weed killers, mulch, compost buckets and water hoses.
Clearance. Clearance this month looks more like an early preparation for fall and winter: jackets, sweaters, umbrellas and rain boots as well as wreaths from Memorial Day.
Are you in the market for any of these June deals?
There are some hot deals around town this weekend! If you haven’t yet gotten out for your Easter clearance items, be sure to stop by Target for Easter merchandise marked down 50-70%! Don’t forget your coupons when you’re buying clearance items, though. Check out the list below for some of those hot deals. There are also a couple of other non-Easter-related deals that are still worth checking out. So, enjoy!
Easy Care Table Cloth (reg $4.99) $1.49, clearance price
Final Price: $1.49
Easter Bibs (reg $3.99) $1.19, clearance price
Final Price: $1.19
Easter Onesie (reg $9.99) $2.99, clearance price
Final Price: $2.99
Chapstick Lip Balm, 3 pk (reg $3.99) $1.19, clearance price
Final Price: $1.19
Annie’s Bunny Grahams, 1 oz (reg $1.00) $0.50, clearance price
Final Price: $0.50
Snickers Peanut Butter Eggs, 2.83 oz (reg $1.00) $0.50, clearance price
Final Price: $0.50
M&M’s Easter Bags, 9.9oz (reg $3.19) $1.59, clearance price
Use $2.00/3 – Mars Bites Bags: Snickers, Twix, M&M’s, 3 Musketeers, Dove or Milky Way, 7 to 11.5 oz, 77477 (coupons.com)
And use $1.50/3 – M&M’s Candies, 8 oz or larger, Target Coupon (target.com)
Final Price: $0.42 each, when you buy 3
Starburst Easter Jelly Beans, 13 oz (reg $2.19) $1.09, clearance price
Use $1.00/2 – Starburst or Skittles, 4 oz or larger, Target Coupon (target.com)
Or $1.00/2 – Starburst or Skittles, 4 oz or larger, Target Mobile Coupon, Text OFFERS to 827438
Final Price: $0.59 each, when you buy 2