December 26, 2009

“Striking Gold at After Christmas Sales”

Go here to read Nancy’s newest article on “Striking Gold at After Christmas Sales.”  I was interviewed and quoted for her article. 

Have you already made your way to the stores this morning?  Included below are a few more tips that weren’t included in her article.

  • Go as soon as you can after Christmas to get the best deals.
  • Don’t waste your time on sales that aren’t at least 75% off.  75% off is my magic number, as the more drastically the items are reduced the less selection is available.  90% off is great, but if you can only pick from a few items that might also be damaged, it isn’t worth your time.
  • Make a list of people you need to buy for in the next few months.  Think of ways that you can buy their presents for less by shopping after Christmas sales.  What about a nice pair of warm pjs for your daughter’s February birthday?  Would your best friend like a cashmere sweater for her January birthday? 
  • Keep in mind the recipient's taste and style.  If the item is hideous and if you wouldn’t like it, it doesn’t really matter how drastically reduced it is, does it???
  • Stores like Kroger might not be your first thought when searching for after Christmas sales, but they might have more selection and better prices than a store like Hallmark for paper plates or even Christmas cards.
  • If you do not have a place to store the item, if it will be forgotten in the holiday packing, or if it is not in your budget, don’t buy it.  Like I always say, if something is wasted, it isn’t a “good deal”. 

Have fun shopping!

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