How to Save More Money on After-Christmas Sales

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Christmas is almost here, and that means there are still people running to stores to complete their last-minute shopping. After the crazy rush, many stores will take a break and close on Christmas. However, the quiet in the aisles won’t last long: the after-Christmas shopping will commence soon. After-Christmas sales can be a great way to purchase items you have been wanting for a while, to buy last-minute gifts if you haven’t exchanged gifts yet, and to stock up on decorations or clothes for next year. If you’re tired from shopping, but you want to find a great deal, then take the next few days off (or wait a few days or weeks if you dare), and catch some great deals. Here are some helpful tips to help you score the best deals and get the most out of the after-Christmas sales.

1. Find the Deals

If you get a newspaper delivered to your home, you can find deals inside. You also may hear commercials on the radio or see them when watching television. Another great way to find out about deals is to look online. Sites like TheBlackFriday.com do the work for you; they even offer a list of specific after-Christmas sales. Coupons.com also have specific coupons for the day after Christmas. Also, ask around to see if your friends know of any good deals for the items you want.

2. Stock up

It seems counterintuitive to buy wrapping paper and gift boxes after you already finished your holiday giving, but after Christmas is a great time to purchase gift wrap or decorations. Also, if you are willing to wait, you can really save big. Often wrapping paper and decorative items will continue to be deeper discounted as the days go on. According to DealNews, holiday decor can drop 40 to 75% the day after Christmas; the sales may increase even more as stores become more desperate to get the holiday decorations out. The only concern is that the stores might sell out of what you need.

3. Think about the big picture

Once you’ve spent a fair amount of money on holiday gifts, shopping can seem daunting for both your budget and your patience. You can avoid some of the after-Christmas madness by shopping online, but some deals will require you to travel to the stores. Think about presents for next year; also, think about things that you need or want as well. According to CreditDonkey, January is a great time to purchase gym equipment or a membership at a discounted price; just make sure you are buying it because you are actually going to use it. You can also save up to 20% on televisions, and up to 80% on winter clothes.

4. Remember returns

Returns can help you in two ways: the first is that you can return items that you don’t want in order to have money to purchase items you do want. Even if you don’t have a gift receipt, many stores will still allow you to return unused items as long as they carry them in the store (but you may get the most recent price back even if the gift cost more.) The best time to avoid the crowds is usually early, when the store first opens. This is also a good time to use gift cards since so many items are on sale.

Also, be sure to go through stores for returned items that go on sale; especially once items are opened, stores may deeply discount these items and then put them back in the aisles or in the clearance section.

5. Listen to your stomach

Impulse shopping can be a bad habit, but if you’re going to do it, the days and weeks after Christmas are the best time. Not only can you get great deals on clothing, but after the holidays are over you can also score great deals on food. Grocery stores will be trying to get rid of their holiday foods, and if the food is packaged or can be frozen, you can get a great deal and then hold onto the food for a while. This is also a great time to purchase gourmet food baskets; these can make a great present all year long (or a special treat for you).

Shopping after Christmas can be overwhelming, but if you plan ahead, find the deals, and make the most of your shopping trips, the savings can be worth your time.

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