Shopping on the day after a holiday has become one of my favorite pastimes. Why? Usually everything is discounted by 50%. There are usually things that are still good, despite the holiday themed color or decor. And, it’s a great way to get prepared for next year.
Candy. Halloween is a little different for us because, although I’m tempted to get out and buy a bag of M&Ms, we try to keep candy out of the house. And, since the kids are used to not having it around, it’s not difficult. BUT, if that’s not the case for you (and it didn’t use to be the case for me), this is a day to stock up on some candy.
Costumes. Costumes can be so pricey. Sometimes even making costumes doesn’t really save you much money (depending on what costume you are making). So, if you can guesstimate your child’s size and select a more classic costume (like a princess or superhero, etc), then you can save some serious money on next year’s costumes. That’s not to mention not having to worry about costumes on October 29 next year! 😉
Decorations. Decorations will be discounted today. This is a good time to assess what decorations you need or want to replace for next year. As with the costumes, it will save you money and the headache of trying to figure it out next October.
Other Halloween-Related Items. Halloween decorated muffin cups and party favors will also be on clearance. This is my favorite. Around our house we go from muffin to cookie phases in terms of what we like to have around as a snack. We are in a muffin phase. That means when I can get muffin cups/liners on sale, I get ’em! No one around here will care of the muffin liners are decorated with pumpkins!
What’s your favorite day-after-Halloween clearance item?
The title that I really wanted to give this post is, “If I can do it, anybody can!” I don’t have a creative, craft-loving bone in my body. I am jealous of those who do such fun, educational crafts with their children. I’m amazed at the ideas and the creativity. I don’t have that. However, I’m thankful that I can look up ways for people like me to make fun, crafty things!
I have wanted a nice fall wreath for a few years now. Two or three years ago, I bought a very inexpensive wreath that I have not loved. But, whenever I’ve looked at the ones I like best, I can never justify the price. And, when I have attempted to get them on clearance after Thanksgiving, I haven’t had much luck with the selection. All that to say that I have had visions of having a nice fall wreath for a number of years now. That’s what got me searching for either a good deal or a DIY project that I could actually do…and I found one!
Here’s what I did. I went to Hobby Lobby and bought natural grapevine wreath for $3.99.
Then, I bought some silk flowers in fall colors. There were less expensive ones. But, I loved the flowers I picked out. They were 50% off. So, I got them for just under $3 each.
I also needed a glue gun for this project. So, I bought one (with a 40% off coupon) 🙂
That was it. I simply glued the silk flowers onto the wreath (with the help of my very excited 4 year old…which is why you see her juice right next to our project).
And, within minutes, it was done! We love it!
Have you started decorating for the Fall?
Christmas is over. Sad face 🙁
But don’t fret, that just means Christmas sales are here! Stores are already putting the sales out and marking down everything from candy to decor. A huge reason we have beautiful decorations around our house with a beautiful tree is because we bought it all on sale after Christmas the last couple of years. Most of the time stores mark down up to 80-90% off. You can’t afford NOT to buy these items on sale.
A lot of people pass up Christmas items this time of year because they are tired of the decor and ready to pack it up. They also think since they won’t use it for a year, it’s a waste of money. Instead of thinking like that, think of all the new decorations you’ll get to use next year! And when everyone else is buying Christmas cards at full price, you can remember that you got yours for 90% off! You win!
Here are some items to look for that will come in handy next year.
1. Christmas lights: Don’t just think Christmas lights. People often need Christmas lights all year round, but they are hard to find. It’s great to buy them up and have them ready for whatever event you have. We always have lights that go out during their summer slumber in our garage, so it’s nice to have fresh boxes for next year’s decoration.
2. Christmas cards: These particularly get marked down a lot. They have no other use other than Christmas, so retailers really need to get rid of them. Buy them up and ship them out next year.
3. Wrapping paper. This can be used all year round if you get the right colored paper. Solid colored can be used for any occasion. And think about all the fun you can have looking for wrapping paper that isn’t Christmas themed!
4. Food! Look past all the Christmas packaging on things. Retailers have to get rid of it because of it’s packaging, but Christmas marshmallows taste the same as Easter ones. Buy it up and reap the savings!
5. Check out Walgreens, Rite Aid and other drug stores. We were in Walgreens on Christmas Day for some medicine. They were already marking down items. Drug stores tend to mark down items quicker than the rest of the stores. There are less people there too!
What items are you hoping to stock up on?
You know who’s not crafty? This girl right here!
I so badly want to be which is why I tried this craft. In addition to loving the concept of crafts, I so dearly love the sentimental part of crafts. This one is especially sentimental since it’s a hand mold of my children’s hands.
You may have seen this craft lurking on Pinterest and I’m here to tell you, you MUST try it. My children already feels more special.
And the second best part besides the sentimental value? The price! By my calculations, my ornaments only cost around $.50! It’s 3 simple ingredients that you probably already have in your house. I did!
What You Need
1/2 cup salt
1 cup of all purpose flour
1/4 cup of water
What To Do
1. Mix all the ingredients well.
2. Split it into 2-3 pieces and flatten it with your hands.
3. Mold your child(rens) hand into the flour.
4. I cut mine out around the fingers, but you don’t have to.
5. Make a hole in it for the ribbon.
6. Cook at 200 degrees for 3 hours.
Let them cool completely and then decorate as you’d like. I didn’t seal mine, but you can most certainly by some clear sealant from a craft store.
Some friends of mine made handprints the same day I did and I wanted to share their’s too to give you an idea of how many ideas there are. Plus they are much more crafty than I am 😉
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How does the song go?
Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind ? Should I forever go into debt for this holiday?
Wait, no that’s not right. But it is very possible to spend a lot of money on New Years Eve. Between the food, decorations, fireworks and champagne, it can be a very expensive holiday.
Here are some tips for a Thrifty New Years Eve and Day.
1. Skip the fireworks.
It’s no secret that these explode your wallet. But around town, there are probably several places that will be doing them for free. If you are really set on doing them, here is a secret. The closer you get to midnight, the more the stands mark them down. If you can wait until the last minute you can get them at a much larger discount. If you wait until the next day, you can really get the markdowns.
2. Buy clearance decorations on New Years Day.
This won’t help this year, but you’ll have amazing decor for next year. Go stock up and you’ll be set next year .
3. Reuse an old New Years Eve outfit. You don’t have to have a new outfit every year do you? Reuse one from a previous year and save that money. You can even add some accessories and make it a whole new look. The possibilities are endless.
4. Have kids? Make your own decorations.
This website is awesome for instructions on hats and noisemakers and even your own New Years Eve ball!
5. Take the party home. When you go out, you are automatically going to spend more money than if you stayed home. Why not plan a party at home and have guests bring snacks or have a potluck. Do everything you would out, but at home.
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