Today, and possible going into this week, those who wish to brave the malls and shopping centers are going to find some incredible shopping bargains. These deals are so great that I have recently learned that some families have even resorted to giving notes to loved ones telling them of the big ticket items that they will receive from the post holiday sale because hitting the pre-Chrstmas sale didn't slash the price enough. Research this morning on which stores will have the best sales is showing me that just about everything and every store will be discounted.
Christmas will be 50 percent off at almost every store today. Whether you are looking to fill stocking for kids from the local pharmacy stores for more family gatherings this week or wish to buy elaborate ornaments at department stores, they are all discounted. Be sure to check out Home Depot and Lowes for their remaining yard art if you didn't feel your house was festive enough on the outside. Even these stores will be clearing the shelves this week.
Stockings, decorations and even paper towels that have a Christmas theme will be marked down at just about every store. Think outside of the box when you shop. Do your kids really care if there are snowmen on their plastic baggies in their lunchboxes? Anything holiday will need to be sold at a heavy discount. Holiday cookies, crackers and candies will be 50 percent off and eventually, by weeks end, be 90 percent off in many stores. Get ready for next year by purchasing all of your gift wrap, labels and ribbon this week. At $5 a roll this year in many stores, paper at savings of half off and more will be appreciated next December.
Toys will also be cleared from the shelves this week. While they are picked over from all of the last minute shopping, still take a stroll down these aisles at Target, Walmart and the even the pharmacy stores like Walgreens and Rite Aid. Kids have birthday parties all year long and Valentines Day and Easter are coming up in the next several months as well. Many parents will be buying these exact same toys at full price in a couple of months. Beat them to it by getting them on sale now and be ready and reduce your stress when the time arises since you will have your shopping done.
The stores will be crowded and many parents have today off. As tempting as it is to stay home and let the kids play with their toys, if your kids got gift cards to buy their own goodies at Toys R Us, you may want to take them to the store. All week, the store is offering bargains such as buy one, get one 40 percent off on movies and video games. They have an ad here that will show you all of the other toys that have similiar prices and discounts. You can always buy online and pick up in store with Toys R Us so they do have an advantage there. I was in the store just before Christmas and they were running low on inventory on many items so if you are looking for certain popular Lego toys, Barbie items and video game titles, you may want to try to buy them online before you head to the store. Just a side note, if you are thinking of buying the Barbie three-story town house on sale this week, it is sold out everywhere locally so stay home and hunt for that one online or call around asking if new shipments have been made.
If you have not bought winter clothing or coats for the family, head out to the stores this week. Many of the coupons that Patch listed last week here are still valid so be sure to bring these deals with you. The best coupon bargains include the following sale and coupon matches.
Yankee Candle is offering up to 50 percent off on home scents that you can combine with this coupon to save an extra $10 off of your $25 purchase.
Wherever you need to shop and whatever items you may need while out this week, be sure to look for coupons before you go. Some stores seems to always offer them. For example, I would never check out at Kohl's or Justice without first checking online with my smart phone if there is a coupon available. The cashiers at most stores will just scan your phone. The deals are amazing everywhere today and many extend all week long. Think ahead so you can buy gifts now at discounted prices rather than later at full price, if you can. But, if you are putting it on a credit card, think twice. The interest and stress of the bills may end up costing you more than the actual savings of the item. Shop smart and save money.