After the festivities of the holidays are over, there’s still one major thing everyone looks forward to: after Christmas sales. Since most people do their shopping between Thanksgiving and Christmas, by January most stores are just waiting to clear their shelves to make room for brand new stock. This makes for a month of great shopping experiences.
Most post-holiday sales have leftover Christmas décor. Christmas trees, ornaments, lights, and other Christmas paraphernalia you can use for the next year can be on sale for as much as 90 percent off. Clothes, home equipment, and gadgets also go on sale. Shopping during sales can be very overwhelming, so here are a few tips on surviving the post-holiday shopping craze.
1. Make a list of things to purchase
Being in a store surrounded by various sale items can convince you to buy things that you don’t really need. The dropped prices may force you to think that you’d be saving money if you buy now, even if you have no use for them. Be realistic with your purchases. Stick to your list as much as possible.
2. Buy things that you can use for the coming year
Gift wrap, paper plates, towels, and other items that are not season-specific make great purchases. You can buy candles, shoes, and dinnerware that you can even use as gifts for your friends for the rest of the year. Of course, buying Christmas items in preparation for next year is also a good idea.
3. Expect most items to be leftovers
It is likely that the merchandise on sale is left over from last season. If you can’t find clothes that fit you well, don’t settle for the next best thing. You are just spending unnecessarily.
4. Be connected online
Stores usually have Facebook pages or Twitter accounts you can follow, and some of these shops update their pages to promote further sales or discounts. Sometimes you don’t even have to physically go to the store because their online counterparts have everything available.
5. Use gift cards and coupons
If you received gift cards for Christmas, don’t be ashamed to use them because you won’t be spending anything to buy things you really want. If you don’t like the gift cards you have, exchange them with a friend or sell them online. Coupons, as always, further provide a great bargain.