By Patti Hermesshopping save money

Start the year off by saving on all those after-Christmas sales. For most of my life I’ve ignored the after-Christmas sales.

Once the holiday season is over, I’m ready to put away the decorations, clean up and move on to New Year’s Resolutions, or planning for the next holiday.

But this year I ran out of Christmas cards, and had to pay (gasp!) full price. Oh no, that cannot happen. That’s almost as bad as paying full price for wrapping paper. No way. So before packing it all up, I’ll be taking a quick inventory of what I’ll need for next year and head out to re-stock, taking advantage of deep discounts. I have learned my lesson.

Holiday supplies aren’t the only things on sale, and if you have a calendar and can plan ahead, there’s an entire year ahead of you filled with off-season sales. So, having done some research, here’s a sampling of what you can find at sale prices throughout the year, courtesy of Couponess.com . Plan ahead for those unavoidable big ticket items, and never get caught paying full-price again (except in emergencies).

I’ve always been an avid coupon user, but mostly for grocery and health and beauty items, usually no more than $1.00 at a time. But all those internet coupon sites, such as Coupons.com, Shop at Home.com and RetailMeNot.com, have changed me. Now, before any shopping trip, I check my email, and the web sites of any stores I may be heading to, whether it’s the local grocery store, big box department store, or a boutique at the mall. And I’m often rewarded with $5, $10, and even $50 off my purchase. I may get an awful lot of junk email, but all those coupons add up to money in the bank, so it’s worth my time to sign up for any and all rewards programs and email lists.

Some may wonder if the proliferation of coupons has caused retailers to increase their prices. Maybe so, but my options are usually with or without a coupon, I still have to buy new shoes for the kids. I do my research so I can get the best value for my dollars.

And one more way I’ve been getting more for my money: gift cards. Have you ever received gift cards that you would never use yourself? Sell them, trade them, get the ones you really want, and often at even more discounts. Cardpool , Gift Card Rescue , and Plastic Jungle are just a few sites that can get you some great deals on gift cards you can really use, while taking unwanted gift cards off your hands.

So while not all your best shopping deals will be online, you can still make use of the internet to find the best deals right in your own neighborhood. Just be sure to always have extra toner for your printer, so you don’t run out right before a major shopping trip!

My New Year’s Resolution is to save more money. And to find a way to organize all the coupons and sales flyers. Happy Saving!

 

 

Patti Hermes

Patti Hermes is living the dream with her high school sweetheart, raising their boys in the Midwest because it's a good starting point for epic road trips. While writing, reading and homeschooling take up most of her time, she still blogs at http://writesforchocolate.blogspot.com.

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