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of us have a certain number of holidays that we celebrate each and
every year. That means quite a number of extra "gifts"
that will need to be purchased for family and friends.
In a bit, you will learn exactly when
to get the best bargains on holiday merchandise, and how you can
save quite a bit off your "gift" shopping bills.
HERE'S WHAT HAPPENS
Every single year, about a month and
a half prior to any "major" (popular) holiday, most retail
and department stores offer holiday related merchandise. For
example, you'll probably find:
Halloween Costumes - October
related decorations - December
Autumn and turkey decor - November
Hearts/Candy assortments - February
As each holiday approaches, the
majority of the general public rush to buy these high priced
"holiday" gifts a few weeks or days before the
celebration. Stores expect this. They love the holidays. Why?
Simple. Hundreds and thousands of
eager shoppers will come through their door and spend, spend, spend.
KEY TO SAVING MONEY
You can use the 'retailers tradition'
as an incredible chance to save money. What is the 'retailers
Immediately AFTER any given holiday,
retailers clear out ALL holiday related inventory in order to make
room for the next. Think of it this way, how many of you NEED to buy
a Halloween costume after October 31st? Not many right?
In addition, stores do not have the
time, space, or manpower to pack leftover holiday merchandise and
store it in a warehouse until next year. There is little or no
profit in it for them.
Instead, stores advertise HUGE
post-holiday sales with discounts generally ranging from 30%-80% off
normal retail prices. They need to get rid of the merchandise, and
depending on an item's popularity, are willing to sell at a very low
Here is your chance to stock up on
gifts that you KNOW you can give to someone the following year.
Remember, nothing perishable of course.
If at all possible, designate a large
plastic container as a "Gift Box" where you store all the
gifts that you buy throughout the year. To take this idea one step
further, keep a list of all the people you exchange gifts with. When
you come across a gift for someone in particular, you can then cross
them off your list.
TO SAVE EVEN MORE MONEY
When you go to a 'post' holiday sale,
check the prices and quantities of the items you want. Ask the store
manager if the merchandise isn't sold within a week, will the price
be lowered even more.
Generally, stores do not have much
time to clear out inventory and if the merchandise isn't selling,
they will lower it to a price that will sell.
If you have the time, check every
other day to see if there are any more price reductions. Better yet,
ask the manager to call you if the prices get lowered. You might
find the manager offering you an additional 20% off just for
inquiring for future price reductions.
When purchasing gifts throughout the
year, you get to put more thought into what you are buying for
someone. Your shopping will be done with ample time to spare, and
you'll avoid those overcrowded mall excursions. At the same time,
you'll get holiday related merchandise at 30%-80% off regular retail
prices when bought immediately after the celebration.
By the time Christmas or Valentines
Day comes around again, you won't find yourself spending $900+ on
presents that most likely will be forgotten in a month or two. Try
this shopping strategy after the next major holiday. You'll be
surprised at how much $40 can buy you.