Are you shopping the post-Halloween sales at stores like Target, Michael’s, JoAnn Fabrics, or Walmart? Me, I wasn’t planning, too, until I remembered that I found boxes of Pirate’s Booty in the Halloween section at Target last week. On the way home from an orthodontist appointment this morning, the kids and I stopped at Target which wasn’t crowded and checked out the sale items.
I bought 5 boxes of Pirate’s Booty for $3.99 each making each snack bag $.16 a piece. Last week, when I bought them for $5.99, the snack bags were $.30 each. I also picked up 2 sets of pumpkin lights for the lawn at half price to replace our 2 current sets. The current sets will supply extra parts for the new sets. My last deal was a makeup kit for $3.50. I’ll use this for Halloween plus an event for my daughter’s Kindergarten in the spring.
5 Tips for Shopping the Sales
1. Go early. Things move quickly. Waiting for 75% off is no guarantee you’ll find anything.
2. Talk with the other shoppers. I wasn’t sure if the food was marked down and asked 2 shoppers near by. They told me yes, it was 50% and some one had just price checked the Pirate’s Booty.
3. Gently dig through the shelves. Sometimes pieces fall out of packages. Small items might be hidden under larger ones. The price might fall off making it harder for you to buy that great deal. Items get moved around as people change their minds.
4. Know where the price scanner is. If you’re not sure of a price, scan it immediately and make your decision rather than waiting until you get up to the register. If an item is not part of the seasonal section, it may not be marked down, and may simply be on the wrong shelf.
5. Keep your mind open to the possibilities. One time I found play dough in Christmas clearance and saved it to give out to my kids’ classmates the following year. Candy just for Halloween like M and M’s could be separated and used for other holidays depending on the colors. If you have a child with an October birthday, next year you could do a Halloween theme using clearanced paper goods and save a lot of money.
Time to Party!
Each week, I co-host Thrifty Thursday Rewind with A Momma and the Boys Living on a Budget! Posts linked here or at A Momma and the Boys will show up on both blogs. I will visit the posts each week and share them on Facebook or Twitter.
Each Thursday, I am hosting Frugal Chat Day on my Facebook page. This week’s chat is about saving money on holiday shopping. Come share your tips!
- Link up an old money saving idea post (we want to give love to some of your older posts).
- No giveaways or deals posts.
- Recipes are allowed, but share how it is thrifty!
- A link back is nice, but not required.
- Visit the other links and share a comment.