When the holidays approach throughout the year the number of sales, deals and numerous flyers go out and are posted on-line. This draws the attention of many consumers into their web.
People really have to know their prices. Many times items go on sale when in fact there really isn’t much of a savings passed along. Ever notice an item in a catalog selling for $30? Now the store has a 20% off sale. That same item is now marked up to $40 with the 20% discount applied giving people the impression they are saving money on that particular item. They didn’t; what actually happened is the consumer paid $3 6 for the $30 item because they weren’t aware of what the actual value or the original catalog price of that product was to begin with.
After the holiday sales there is a lot of left-over merchandise. Retailers may have purchased larger quantities thinking they would move it all and didn’t. Now to get these over-stocked items out of the stock room they lower the prices once again making it a real deal to the customers.
This is especially true after the smaller holidays such as Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, and Easter and so on. If you have a lot of children or do a lot of crafts this is the time to shop. The stores don’t want to re-stock this inventory again or store it until next year. This is the time to grab decorations, decorative paper plates and napkins, plastic eggs, greeting cards, holiday note pads, containers, hair accessories, ornaments and much, much more.
Store all these cheap finds in plastic bags or containers and label them for that particular holiday. Then next year you have a head start and many not even need to add anything more to be ready for the next holiday event.
Some items that are marked down low that aren’t of a holiday theme can be grouped together in a bin. You already reaped in the savings by purchasing them after the holidays. Now when a birthday, school event or unexpected guest arrives you may have something on hand to wrap without making a special trip to the store.
Do you reap the savings and shop after the holidays?
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