So, we previously talked about getting ready for Black Friday by saving your money and funding it. Now, let’s talk about not even WAITING until Black Friday to shop.
Yes, Black Friday is full of great deals. However, if you notice, many times the ads will say, limited number per store, no rainchecks, while supplies last. Which means that unless you are one of the first in the door clawing and scratching your way to the item, you’ll probably miss out. And really, is that fun to have to push to get a gadget? Well, nothing is worth that in this Penny Pinchin’ Mama’s world. In fact, I found that most of my greatest deals don’t even take place on Black Friday.
I actually shop all year long for my family members. I find toys that I know my children’s friends would like so I will always have something to give without running the store nor breaking the bank. If I find a great book someone will love, I pick it up! What is great is that when I shop all year long, I normally save at least 60 – 80% off of the items I purchase. How, you might ask?
Well, the first thing I do is shop retailers in early January and August. January is when most of them are clearing out holiday items to get ready for spring items. Then, in August, they move out summer things to make way for the newest toys for the upcoming holiday. If you time it just right, you can really cash in! This past year, I purchased over $250.00 worth of toys for around $50.00!!!! There is not any Black Friday sale that can match that!
And don’t forget about your favorite on line toy stores! They too clearance items out and you can get them for a pretty good price. If you are lucky, you might even find a code to save even more or get free shipping! A great place to find those codes is retailmenot.com. Just type in the web address where you are shopping and any codes that are available will come up for you to use.
Another thing I do, which some people frown upon, is regift. If my children get a toy that they already have or are not into, I don’t open it and let it sit unplayed with. Nope! It goes onto a shelf in my basement to be given to a friend. Or, more often than not, given to a Toy Drive during the holidays. If I do give it to someone else, I just have to remember who gave it to us so that I don’t give it back to them nor give it to a friend where they may be attending the same party. That could potentially be a very embarrassing situation.
So, while Black Friday does bring with it lots of great deals on gift giving, it isn’t the only way to stretch your family’s holiday spending dollars. The best way to do that is to start holiday shopping on January 1st! I’ll be posting more later on about Black Friday and how you can save, as we get closer to November!
Do you have a tip on what you do to save money in doing holiday shopping all year long? If so, please share it with us!