Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the sales are so delightful! Black Friday and Cyber Monday have great deals for holiday shopping but with a little patience you can make out like a bandit stocking up on holiday essentials for next year.
After Christmas, stores begin making room for New Year’s, Super Bowl, and Valentine’s Day stock. That means anything holiday related has to go. That’s one of the benefits of having multiple holidays celebrated so close together. Stick to holiday related items for deeper discounts.
One thing you can count on every year is needing gift wrap for the holidays, so why not stock up while it’s dirt cheap! In fact, you will always need gift wrap year-round for other gift giving occasions. There’s no shame in using Christmas themed wrapping paper for a birthday present if you can save a few bucks. Keep an eye out for deep discounts on these gift wrap essentials:
- Wrapping paper
- Gift bags
- Gift boxes
- Scotch Tape
- Packing supplies
If you don’t mind a Santa or a snowman on your paper products they can be used throughout the year. If not, you can get a head start on next year’s holiday party.
- Paper plates
- Paper towels
Out with the old, in with the new. Replace damaged items from this year or get an updated look.
- Decorative pillows
- Bed sheets
- Inflatable lawn decorations
- Tree skirts
Scour the clearance section for returned/open box items. You can snag some good deals on fully functional items that were returned because they either didn’t fit (i.e. the TV was too big) or perhaps were the wrong item (i.e. the TV was “too small”).
Holiday Packaged Foods
Same food, just a different package and half the price? Count me in. Hint: hit up pharmacies because they tend to have less foot traffic and therefore more leftover items that they need to get rid of. Especially holiday candy.
Dealerships are eager to reach sales quotas and move vehicles to make room for the newest models. The end of December is one of the best times to go car shopping. After December, discounts will begin to decrease as they push the new models.
Resist the Temptation: Purchases to Avoid in December
Outerwear like winter jackets, boots, hats, mittens, scarves will have better sales after the New Year as retailers make room for warm weather apparel. In January and February you should start to see this turnover in stores and find better deals than in December.
Fitness gear for the New Year will also start to go on sale. However, wait until January with the New Year’s Resolution boom that could drive prices down even more.
There are a number great of items you can get at a discount after Christmas so keep your eyes open. Basic rule of thumb; if there’s a Santa on it, it will probably be on sale .