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Shop the Clearance After the Holidays

Posted on Monday, December 26th, 2011 at 12:12 pm
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The best time to shop for wrapping paper, boxed Christmas cards, and holiday decorations for the home  starts the day after Christmas.  Most stores will be anxious to unload these seasonal items, so they can use the shelf space for something else.  Holiday items will be deeply discounted, to encourage shoppers to pick them up.

For years, Barnes & Noble has had an excellent sale on their leftover Christmas wrapping paper, boxed christmas cards, and calendars.  In the past, this sale would start on the day after Christmas.  When it begins, you can pick up those items for 25% off the price they were just a few days before.  As time goes on, the discount will drop to 50% off, then 75% off, and eventually, the last remaining items will be sold for just $1.00 each.

Target is another store that gives good discounts on their holiday items.  Right now, there is an entire aisle of Christmas wrapping paper located somewhere inside the seasonal section of your local Target store.  Typically, the stores overestimate exactly how much wrapping paper they will sell before Christmas.  Go to Target the day after Christmas, and you can pick up some of that leftover wrap for a low price.

Kohls is already having sales on their holiday decorations for the home.  Christmas pillows, and throws, are 50% on their website right now.  Their Home Classics holiday flannel sheet sets are reduced to more than 50% off.  Individual items from their holiday dinnerware collections are 50% off the original price.  You will also find great discounts on their holiday tablecloths, napkins, towels, bath rugs, and bath and shower accessories.

If you are looking for discounts on paper plates,  paper napkins, and inexpensive plastic bowls, mugs, and plates that have been decorated in a holiday theme, I would suggest checking out the seasonal aisle of your local grocery store.  Typically, these sales start the day after a holiday is over (but some stores will start them a few days before the holiday).

If you don’t see what you were looking for, head over to the aisle that holds the kleenex and paper plates.  Right now, many of the Christmas and holiday themed paper goods are sitting in the regular paper aisle.  Your grocery store might leave them in place, even if they have been discounted.  Grocery stores are a good place to find a clearance sale on holiday scented candles and air fresheners, too.

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