Sears is Closing More Stores
Posted on Monday, September 3rd, 2018 at 7:00 am
Sears will be closing 46 more Sears and Kmart stores. This follows the more than 100 stores that Sears Holding shut down in January of 2018, and the 100 or so stores it shut down in May.
These closures may result in changing how and where you shop in the upcoming holiday season. Here are some tips for coping if your local Sears or Kmart will close before Christmas.
Don’t Do Layaway
It can be risky to put something on layaway in stores that are closing. There’s a chance that the layaway deal you paid for could abruptly end if the store ends up closing sooner than expected. You could end up paying for layaway and not being able to access the items you were trying to save.
There is also a possibility that a store that is closing may have already stopped offering layaway. If you see something you want to buy while shopping – purchase it right away. If it’s not in your budget, then it might be best to buy the same item from a different department store that is still offering layaway.
Find an Alternative Catalog
Many people grew up pouring over the Sears catalog that arrived by mail during the holidays. It was a huge, fat, catalog filled with the hottest toys of the season. It seems unlikely that Sears will publish their catalog this year.
An alternative catalog might be found online at the Sears website. Amazon typically has special offers during the holiday season. Kohl’s and Target might print advertisements that function sort of like the Sears catalog did (but in a smaller format).
Find Deals at Stores that are Closing
Stores that are in the process of closing need to liquidate their stock. These stores may have sales that you won’t find in the stores that are going to remain active and open. Shop wisely! Check the item to make sure it is in good condition. Don’t be tempted to buy things that you don’t need just because they are on sale.