How to Save Money Buying After Christmas Clearance
We revisited/revised our post on saving money. After Christmas, I get really excited to go shopping. After Christmas clearance shopping is the best time for me to buy so many things we use throughout the year, at a deep discount. I am able to shop for a huge variety of items and save a lot of money. I want you to do this too, so I’m sharing my tips for shopping on a budget.
It’s important to save money when you can. You can apply these budget shopping tips throughout the year on any holiday. It’s a mindset on how you can take an item and use it another time in the year.
Questions to Think About when Shopping Clearance:
- Can I use at the upcoming holidays?
- Can I repurpose for another party?
- Is there an upcoming baby shower?
- What birthday parties do I need to decorate for?
- Can these items be donated to a charity?
- Can I use this as a gift for next year or someone?
Some ways we shopped on a budget:
- 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 candies for my family. They will taste the same and I’m sure they won’t mind. If they do, well no candy for them!
- Kisses are great at Christmas to use the silver for New Years, the red for Valentines and the green for St. Patrick’s Day.
- Black Friday deals, we bought items for up coming birthdays.
What to Buy different Times of the Year and Reuse
- New Year’s – black items, gold and silver – Find hats, blow horns and noise makers. You can reuse the 20XX items for open house graduation parties, so get those glasses, plates, napkins etc on cheap. Perfect for a photo booth for graduations.
- Valentine’s Day – items that are red, pink and white. Find hearts, gift bags and candy. Use them for Mother’s day, Weddings (all things lovey dovey times), Mother’s Day or Father’s Day candy. Buy Valentine cards after Valentines for .37 for next year for your kids to hand out. Cookie sprinkles! More Valentine’s ideas.
- St. Patrick’s Day – green items. Find 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. Find ribbons, baskets, eggs for favors and ribbons. A lot of pastel things can be repurposed for baby showers and decorations.
- Mother’s Day – floral items. 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. If you find gift items like mugs, grilling items, use them for Christmas.
Other Times to Shop Clearance
- Fourth of July – All things red, white & blue. Find 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. Beautiful colors for a patriot wedding, welcome home for veterans.
- 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 – brown, orange, green. Find baskets and decorations can be reused for weddings, Valentines, Easter. Cups, plates, napkins can be used for graduations, birthday parties.
- Christmas – red, green, white, gold and silver. Find ribbon colors that you might use for cards and gifts, candy can be re-purposed for New Years, Valentines, St. Patrick’s Day (when sorted). Those gift baskets they put together will go 50%+ off after Christmas. Buy enough for next years Christmas gifts for teachers. Gift ideas are found during Christmas, that can be used year round. Lots of items tend to go on clearance at Christmas for yearend, including Toys (donate to Toys for Tots). Think of weddings, graduations and what you will need to decorate for your upcoming events. Neutral wrapping paper that can be used year round. Non-holiday looking bags. Discount blankets. Cookie sprinkles!
What ways do you work to save money on a budget?