The Best Post-Christmas Bargains: What to Buy and Where to Find it

Posted on 12/29/2009

Retailers may be eager to unload lots of extra stock after Christmas, making it a great time to snag bargains. Since stores know many shoppers are still off of work until after New Year’s Day the biggest mark-downs may not come until after January 4. But either way, you’ll be able to stretch those gift cards even further. here are some tips for finding the best post-Christmas bargains.

Craft Supplies - Did you give away a lot of handmade gifts this year? Make this frugal holiday tradition even thriftier by picking up next year’s supplies on clearance at a craft store after Christmas. Anything that’s red and green or falls under the Christmas category will be significantly marked down. Stores like Michael’s will also have holiday boxes, bows, ribbon and paper marked down. Just go quickly because it may get snatched up by others eager to plan ahead.

Christmas Food - Plenty of stores will be marking down holiday food items like pistachios in a holiday tin or boxes of peppermint bark. But even after Christmas you’ll need a sweet treat so check out stores like Crate and Barrel or Williams Sonoma for low price gourmet treats that will taste even better because of the deal you scored.

Tools - Tools are a popular gift which means the retailers that sell them stock up. After Christmas they’ve got inventory to unload so prices may dip. Check out the After Christmas Sale at Harbor Freight Tools. They’ve also got printable coupons that will slash prices on lots of items. They expire on December 28 which gives you a couple of days after Christmas to take advantage of the incredible discount.

Underwear - The Victoria’s Secret Semi-Annual Sale starts before Christmas online, and the day after Christmas in stores. If you happened to get a Victoria’s Secret gift card for Christmas you’ll be able to score bras and underwear for 50% off which means you’ll be able to afford twice as much stuff!

Christmas Candles - There will be a big Christmas clearance sale at Yankee Candle. Look for candles with holiday fragrances like Christmas Cookie, Hollyberry or Mistletoe. Plus take this printable coupon in with you to take $10 off your $25 purchase. The coupon is good until January 16, 2010.

Holiday Products - Anything from dish soap to deodorant can come in a Christmas package. Look for these after the holiday and you’ll discover deep discounts. Retailers know that even though it’s the same product, most shoppers won’t be willing to pay full price if it’s got Christmas-themed packaging.

By Alison Storm

Gordon's Jewelers - Didn't get that sparkly something you wanted? Through 01/04/2010, save an extra 30% off sale prices during their End of Year Clearance Sale.

Hickory Farms - Case in point about holiday food sales... Save up to 75% sitewide for a limited time at Hickory Farms! Sale ending unknown.

* Hot deals expire quickly. This deal may no longer be valid.

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