Learning By Example
My mom was a professional shopper. Okay, well not really, but she seemed to be a professional shopper to me when I was growing up! Every Christmas morning, the tree was surrounded by piles of presents. mostly for my brother and I. And I was always amazed at the number of wonderful gifts my mom had managed to give us for Christmas, and yet money was tight.
As I grew older, she shared her secret with me: she shopped the sales all year long and put the gifts away for the next December 25th. And she started on December 26th each year.
I learned from the best and I do the same thing. So on the morning of December 26th each year, I get up early, put my Christmas red and green clothes on, and head out to the stores to go Christmas shopping! Not only do I find fantastic sales of 50 to 60 % off Christmas gifts for the following year, but I also find great deals on:
- Christmas wrapping paper
- Christmas cards
- Christmas ornaments
- Christmas gift tags
- Christmas decorations
- Christmas books (for children and adults)
- Paper goods such as napkins, paper plates and cups
Stockpile Year Round Supplies
I will let you in on a little secret: I stockpile many of the above items in various red, green and gold colors and use them year round. While Christmas scenes are plentiful on wrapping paper and paper goods, I gravitate toward solid colors that I can use at different times of the year other than Christmas. Birthday presents can be wrapped in red, green or gold paper all year round and with a white bow added, they don’t look anything like a Christmas package. Solid red or green paper plates and napkins can be used year round when company comes, and no one has to know you bought them for half off on the day after Christmas. You can buy these in bulk and put some away for next Christmas, and keep the rest for year-round use.
Save Money on Wedding and Baby Gifts
There are also wonderful Santa Claus figurines, elves, candles and a variety of other Christmas objects that make great gifts for next year. And if you know of anyone getting married in 2018, a box filled with beautiful ornaments and Christmas decorations makes a wonderful wedding shower gift. I received such a box at my own wedding shower and it has always been one of my favorite presents. Most newly wedded couples don’t have a lot of Christmas decorations to decorate their new home so a box of decorations and some special Christmas tree ornaments make a very thoughtful gift.
That is also true of anyone you know who may be pregnant and expecting a baby next year. You can fund a plethora of Christmas ornaments that says”Baby’sFirst Christmas” on sale after Christmas and if you purchase one, you have one gift already bought for next year.
Heading Out Early to Save Money
Well, I am on my way to the stores bright and early. I will share all of the goodies I saved money on when I return. If you can’t make it to the stores on December 26th, there are usually plenty of sales still going on over the next week between Christmas and New Year’s Day, so just keep your eye out for markdown sales over this whole week. Not only can you save money on sales at department stores but don’t forget grocery stores and pharmacies also have great markdown sales after Christmas.
Do you save money by shopping ahead each year on December 26th? Please share the deals you got in the past, or that you get this year in the comment section below.
Happy saving and Happy Holidays!
Today is December 26th and I must say I had an absolutely wonderful time shopping at the Christmas clearance sales. Everything was 50 to 66% off. I spent 7 hours and went to the following stores:
- Dollar General
- Five Below
- Hobby Lobby
- Tuesday Morning
And I got some amazing deals, not only for next Christmas but for household and other holiday use as well. Here’s a list of what I got:
- 1 train set for my husband
- 1 set of sprinkles for Christmas cookies
- 1 flameless Christmas candle
- 3 Christmas Mugs
- 1 set of Scented angels for the tree
- 2 Christmas oven mitts
- 3 Christmas ornaments for friends
- 2 rolls of Christmas wrapping paper
- 1 gold Christmas bow for a wreath I have
- 2 pre-lit 18 inch Christmas trees
- 4 packs of mini Christmas ornaments
- 4 packages of Christmas cello wrap
- 1 package of pre-wrapped Christmas gifts
- 2 packages of small gold ornaments
- 2 packages of Christmas cookie cutter lights
- 6 packages of Christmas napkins
- 3 packages of Christmas paper plates
- 9 Christmas plastic hostess plates
Items that were on Christmas clearance but can be used year round!
Year Round Items
- 6 Bottles of Gingerbread Softsoap ( I don’t care what the scent is, I will use it year round)
- 1 deer spoon rest
- 2 Men’s gift sets I will use as birthday gifts
- 1 extension cord
- 5 rolls of wrapping paper in red, blue and silver
- 1 ten pack package of boxes
- 2 packs of bows
- 1 small skillet with cookie mix
- 1 mug with tea set
- 1 mixing bowl with deer
- 6 packages of tissue paper ( I will use this to ship my eBay packages)
Even people who don’t celebrate Christmas can take advantage of the after-Christmas clearance sales as you can see from the list above.
Today was so much fun. I wish I could do this once a week because I love saving money so much! But December 26th only comes once a year. I will be checking out the clearance sales in other stores as I go out and about this week. Did you get any good after Christmas deals this year?