After the rush of the Holiday Season, shopping may be the last thing on your to-do list. But for serious bargain hunters like myself, there is no better time to score some amazing deals on deeply discounted clearance items.
Wear your most comfortable shoes, shop early to avoid crowds, and stock up on items that will save you money throughout the year.
Here are my Top 5 recommendations for your post-holiday shopping excursions:
1. Wrapping Paper
- Likely marked 50% off or more at many stores, this is the time to build up your wrapping paper collection. Select colors and styles that are versatile and can be enjoyed for birthday gifts and beyond. Don't forget the scotch tape!
2. Christmas Decor
- This is the time to score some major deals on big ticket items, like pre-lit trees, wreaths, stockings, advent calendars, and tree skirts.
- LED Lights are a worthy investment for years to come. They cost more than traditional lights, so if you find some on clearance, don't hesitate to buy some!
- Holiday candy is actually quite versatile. Anything red and anything chocolate is the perfect choice for Valentine's Day.
- Have you considered using Candy Canes to decorate? They do not go bad, so stock up now and pack them away for next year. Just be sure to store them where they are not at risk of melting.
- Consider all of the Birthday parties your children will attend throughout the year. Buy age appropriate, gender neutral toys to have on hand. Store them away from curious eyes, like in a gift closet or Rubbermaid tote.
- Target is legendary for their post-holiday toy clearance. You can find deep discounts of 75-90% off at many stores. Don't miss these hot printable LeapFrog coupons!
5. Special Occasion Clothing
- Consider those fancy Christmas dresses or sweaters for your children. If you can anticipate future sizes, you can score those special items at a fraction of the retail price for next year.
As with all bargain shopping, stick to a list and avoid buying on impulse. A deal is not really a deal unless you need it and can afford it!
Alyssa Francis is a Christian mom of four blessings who loves finding creative ways to reduce spending. She and her husband began a journey out of debt in 2007, and haven't looked back since. Motivated by a desire to share her frugal ways, Alyssa founded Keeping the Kingdom First, where she encourages and equips others to save more and give more, one coupon at a time.