Once Christmas is over there is always a feeling of let down that follows for me. It’s like all the Christmas fun is gone for another year. I dread putting our Christmas tree and decorations away. But, there is one silver lining in this cloud….the after Christmas Clearance sales! Like any other holiday, stores around the country waste no time marking down their Christmas items to make room for new inventory. This is something you can take advantage of and find some great buys to have ready and waiting when next year rolls around. Here are a couple of the best ways to save money on Christmas Clearance Items.
Start with some of the items that you might not expect. Things like zip lock bags; paper towels, candles and dish soap are often given a Christmas theme on the packaging and will be put on clearance once the holiday season is over. Remember that you can still use your coupons on these items and this can translate to significant savings on things you use all the time.
Next, keep an eye out for any stocking stuffers you might want to have on hand next year. Lip balms, soap, coloring books, movies, crayons and small toys all find their way to the clearance aisle this time of year and you can buy them at a significantly reduced price. This includes all of the holiday gift sets at places like Wal-Mart and Target. If they don’t sell, then the price gets slashed, often by as much as 50% on the day after Christmas.
Finally, take the time to look at all of the Christmas decorations, lights, wrapping paper, gift bags and tags. There are usually tons of these items floating around right after the holidays and they sell for a fraction of the price. If you shop smart you can have your new designer tree ready and waiting for the next holiday season.
Keep in mind that these sales aren’t a Christmas exclusive. You can find many of the same deals right after Valentine’s Day, Thanksgiving, Halloween and even Easter. If there is a big holiday then it is always going to be followed by some big savings. Shop smart and you will never pay full price for your holiday décor again.