It’s important to save money when you can. Buying candy and decorations after a holiday is great way to save money. You can use the candy for the next holiday and other items for the following years holiday.
You can also use these items for weddings and parties too. You need to look at the items on the holiday clearance rack with the eyes of
- What can I use at the upcoming holidays
- What can I repurpose for another party
- Can I use these items next year for the same holiday (not recommending holding candy that long)
- Can I use this as a gift for next year or someone
Ribbons and baskets in solid colors can be used to decorate for gifts and cards.
Pinterest has so many ideas as well, it’s a good source of ideas to help you think of how you can repurpose things.
We bought Halloween costumes at 75% for next year (lets hope the kids will still want to be what they bought!)
Candies removed from the holiday bag can be great for other holidays. This year, I opted to buy pumpkin shaped snickers for my family. They will taste the same and I’m sure they won’t mind. If they do, well no candy for them!
Hershey Kisses are great at Christmas to use the silver for New Years, the red for Valentines and the green for St. Patricks Day.
The only thing you have to loose is money should you have to pay full price.
Here are holiday goodies you can find and repurpose to the next holiday, party or event:
- New Year’s – black items, hats, blow horns and noise makers. You can reuse the 2012 items for open house graduation parties, so get those glasses, plates, napkins etc on cheap.
- Valentine’s Day – items that are red, pink and white, including hearts, gift bags and candy. Use them for Mother’s day, Weddings (all things lovey dovey), Mother’s Day or Father’s Day candy. Buy Valentines after Valentines for .37 for next year for your kids to hand out.
- St. Patricks Day – Green, horse shoes, clovers, gold coins, all things Irish! The coin candy would be great for Christmas, wedding favors. Horse Shoes could be given for wedding favors.
- Easter – pastel colors, ribbons, baskets, eggs for favors and ribbons. A lot of pastel things can be repurposed for baby showers.
- Mother’s Day – Lots of great gift items then for mom’s you could use for Christmas, bridesmaids gifts, gifts for your BFF (but wait for them to go on clearance!) Save some of these gifts for Valentines Day!
- Father’s Day – Lots of ideas for Christmas. You could use them for Valentines Day too and birthdays.
- Fourth of July – All things red, white & blue, flags, baskets, If you have any candy left from Christmas that is red, you could use it now. Buy Red, White and Blue and you can use candy for Halloween, Christmas and Valentines.
- Halloween – black and orange items. These can be used for next Halloween, New Years, graduation/open houses, over the hill birthday parties And the candy can be used for Christmas (remember to not let them have it if they complain about pumpkins!)
- Thanksgiving – baskets and decorations can be reused for weddings, Valentines, Easter. Cups, plates, napkins can be used for graduations, birthday parties.
- Christmas – ribbon colors that you might use for cards and gifts, candy can be re-purposed for New Years, Valentines, St. Patricks Day (when sorted). Those gift baskets they put together will go 50%+ off after Christmas. Buy enough for next years Christmas gifts for teachers,
Check here for a list of Hallmark Holiday to possibly get deals on AFTER the holiday. There are more, but I think the ones listed above will be the ones you find the most goodies from.
What goodies do you find after the holidays?