What to Buy at the After Christmas Sales
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What to Buy at the After Christmas Sales

Posted on Friday, December 20th, 2013 at 7:00 am
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You can save a lot of money if you buy things at the After Christmas sales and save them for next year.The first thing to realize about after Christmas sales is that their name is somewhat misleading. Those sales used to happen in the days between Christmas and New Years Eve. Now, the after Christmas sales sometimes start as early as mid-December. Here are some tips about what to buy at the after Christmas sales.

What to Buy at After-Christmas Sales

Boxed Christmas Cards
The best time to buy boxes of Christmas cards is during the after Christmas sales. The price drops dramatically! Buy them now, and you can avoid paying full price for them next year. Find a design that you can send to everyone on your list. This will be a lot less expensive than purchasing an individual card for each member of your family.

Calendars
Wait until after Christmas is over to buy a calendar for the upcoming year. There is potential that Santa may be bringing you one as a Christmas present. Calendars make great gifts, so the price doesn’t usually start dropping until after the first of January. Once that date arrives, you can find calendars that are on sale for $1.00!

Christmas Lights
Few things are more frustrating than discovering that the Christmas lights that you stored away have become broken and unusable. Buy a new package of Christmas lights during the after Christmas sales. Leave it in the package it came in and you might be able to avoid tangles. It’s nice to have a “back up” just in case a formerly reliable strand of Christmas lights dies.

Gift Wrap and Gift Bags
Stores tend to over stock these types of items. You can pick them up for a really low price during the after Christmas sale. Be sure to pick up a roll or two of wrapping paper that you can store away for next year. Keep an eye out for paper (or gift bags) that are a solid color (like blue, red, green, white, or silver). Use those for birthday gifts.

Artificial Christmas Tree
Not everyone will have the need to buy one of these. Those who prefer real trees can skip it. So can people who recently bought a plastic tree that is still in good condition. You can use an artificial tree for a long time, but they don’t last forever. If yours is on its last legs, it might be worth it to pick up a new one while it is on sale.

Christmas Sweets
Can’t get enough of candy canes or chocolate Santas? The after Christmas sale is a good time to get a few more at a low price. Just make sure that you don’t purchase more than you can reasonably consume in a short span of time. It is inadvisable to try and store these types of treats until next Christmas.

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Good Tip: Saving money is important – especially if you have a lot of expenses like bills to pay, loans to pay off, and all the other things that drain your bank account. Figuring out a way to save money can feel tedious to some, and like a punishment to others. U.S. News suggests that you try one of these money saving challenges. The “No Eating Out for a Month” Challenge This one is self-explanatory. The goal is to avoid eating out for an entire month. This might be super easy for people who enjoy making meals at home. People who really enjoy dining out, or ordering food to be sent to their home, may struggle with this one. It’s worth a try because spending money on take-out is more expensive than buying groceries. The Pantry Challenge This one is a variation of the “No Eating Out for a Month” challenge. The goal is to use up all of your groceries before you buy more. It forces you to try and remember why you bought a food or beverage that you don’t know what to do with, and gives you the opportunity to find a way to use it. The one exemption to this challenge is the foods that have expired. Don’t eat them! Throw them in the trash. The “No Spend” Challenge Make a goal to avoid spending money during an entire weekend. The only exemption in this challenge is that you are allowed to pay bills. This challenge is interesting because it requires creativity. You must be creative and find workarounds for problems that you would typically solve by spending money. You may have a different outlook on spending after finishing this challenge.