What to Buy at the After Valentine's Day Sales
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What to Buy at the After Valentine’s Day Sales

Posted on Friday, February 15th, 2013 at 7:00 am
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One really easy way to save money is to buy stuff the day after a holiday is over. Wait until February 15th, and you can score a great deal on all the Valentine’s Day stuff that was so expensive just a few days ago. Not everything that is included in the After Valentine’s Day sales will be worth it, though. Here are some tips about what to buy and what to leave on the shelf.

The biggest thing to keep in mind as you shop an After Valentine’s Day sale is that some of the typical gifts that people give to their loved ones are perishable. Flowers and chocolates will only last for a little while longer. Focus on non-perishable items, and you can save big!

Valentine’s Day Cards
The After Valentine’s Day sales are when Valentine’s Day cards will be at their lowest price. Pick out a few cute ones to give to your kids next year. Select a special one for your significant other. Store them away until next Valentine’s Day and you can avoid spending extra money on overpriced cards.

Boxes of Valentine’s Day Cards
Will any of your children be attending elementary school at the start of the next school year? Odds are, their classroom will have a Valentine’s Day party. Bring your child with you to shop the sale. Have him or her select a box of Valentines with cartoon characters on them that he or she likes and will want to hand out next year. The discount price might be low enough for you to pick up an extra box, just in case.

Valentine Stickers
These will be cute to use to decorate the envelopes of the Valentines Day cards that you just bought. Store them with the cards, and you can make someone’s day a little brighter next Valentine’s Day (without breaking your budget).

Red Paper Plates, Cups, and Napkins
Grab these if you see them on sale! You may be sick of all the red colored decorations that started popping up right before Valentine’s Day. However, in a few months, when you are ready to have a 4th of July party, you will be glad you got plenty of red paper plates, cups, and napkins when they were on sale.

A Box of Chocolates
Yes, I know, I just said to avoid perishable items. The key to saving money on them is to make sure all those delicious treats get eaten in a reasonable amount of time. Buy a small box of Valentine’s Day candy as a treat for yourself. Bring a large, heart shaped, box of chocolates to work to share with your sweet co-workers. Make someone’s day a little happier (without spending a lot of money to do it).

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