Tuesday, January 4, 2011

A 75% off Clearance Christmas

My Nieces and Nephews on Christmas Eve
For the last 10 years our family's goal has been to have a 75% off Clearance Christmas (90% off and FREE items many years as well!)  I'm not talking about just my family, I'm talking about all my nieces, nephews, brother, sisters, sister-in-law and brother-in-law - IT'S AWESOME! My mom and dad are very generous with us kids and give us a monetary gift to purchase a needed item for our family each year.  But, when it comes to Christmas morning, mom thinks the tree skirt should also be fully stocked, so I've been put in charge of Christmas Under The Tree for the whole family.  The goal is to only spend $15 per person and amazingly we come close to that every year and many times we are under that cost!

After Christmas clearance sales, from Target to Rite Aid, are amazing places to stock up for next years gift giving extravaganza at 25% the normal cost.  My favorite part of year round clearance sales are the "hidden" deals I find.  There are troves of clearance goodies shoppers never find at every store!  So, while these sales are definitely worth your time and effort in attending, there are a few things that will make your sales shopping even more successful!

1.  Check the Housewares Aisle!  Many times Christmas clearance items never make their way out of the pots and pans aisle!  Anything Christmas related could potentially be a hot markdown!  This also includes dish towels and even holiday bedding.

Walmart Housewares Hidden Deals

2.  Check the Toy Aisle!  From Holiday Hot Wheels to My Little Pony, Littlest Pet Shop or Thomas the Tank, toy manufacturers release holiday collection toys for every season and these toys go on clearance as well!

3.  Check the Grocery Aisle!  Any holiday packaged food item can also be included in clearance sales!  Check cookies, cake mix, chocolate chips, Goldfish crackers, cereal, hot cocoa - anything with holiday images on the packaging!

4.  Watch for Paper Goods!  Bounty Paper Towels, Ziploc Bags and even Saran Wrap go on holiday clearance too!  Watch for Holiday logo paper goods and even cleaning items like Cascade dish tabs, Palmolive dish liquid and Glade holiday scented items.  Don't forget, you can use coupons on clearance items to save even more money!!

 5.  Don't miss Health & Beauty!  Burts Bees' issues Christmas beauty kits every year and every year I snatch them up days after clearance shopping has begun!  This year Crest Pro Health got in on the action as well, with whitening holiday kits and toothpaste kits at Walmart!  The toothpaste kits, with a full tube of toothpaste and a bottle of mouthwash ended up costing me $0.67 after coupons and the whitening kits only $2.00!  The Target Mouthwash was only $0.34 because of the small holiday twig on the label! Old Spice kits were marked down to $1.25 at Walmart minus a $2.00 coupon from my Sunday paper = a MONEY MAKER - WOW (I bought 6)!  I also found Scunci brand head bands with a holiday tag (not Christmasy at all) at Walmart for only $0.25.  Frequently personal hygiene and fragrance kits don't get moved to the regular clearance aisle, so make sure you scan the normal store aisle as well.

5.  Scan, Scan, Scan!  If you find an item that could potentially be a Christmas or other holiday clearance item don't walk away - SCAN IT!  I can't tell you how many times I was surprised that totally obscure items, like remote controlled mini robots, were clearance deals.  I load my cart up, find the closest scanner and start saving!

If you've never shopped a holiday clearance sale, now is the time.  Clearance deals are everywhere, just waiting to be scooped up!

1 comment:

  1. Target went 90% off yesterday! Found some more mouthwash for only $0.13!!!


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