Most of the excitement of the Christmas season is the anticipation leading up to Christmas day. The carols and Christmas specials have played for weeks. Suddenly, the gifts have been opened, the decorations have been taken down and the tree has been tossed to the curb.
Christmas is over, but some of the best sales have just begun. It is time to spend those gift cards and find the best deals. Here are some important tips to keep in mind and help you save money and find the best bargains after Christmas.
When to shop
Many retailers offer the best discounts in the days after Christmas leading into the new year. Some stores, like Walmart open up as early as 5 am. Some of the best discounts can be found online. Target, Kohls and Amazon all offer great post-Christmas online sales. You have the opportunity to find some of the best bargains to maximize the use of the gift cards you have received.
December 26 through December 28 are some of the best times to shop for post-Christmas deals. Nordstrom extended sales through December 27 this year, and Best Buy extended sales to December 28.
What to buy
Although many retailers offer post-Christmas storewide sales, many concentrate their sales in certain departments. A winning strategy is knowing what items are offered at the best deals.
Whether you are looking for a new shirt or a new pair of pants, December 26 is the best time to save on clothing. Nearly half of the discounted prices listed by DealNews last year were clothing related. Department stores and standalone clothing stores feature the best deals on women’s, men’s and children’s apparel. The best deals on winter coats and other winter apparel come in January, but there are still many sales to be found on clothing, accessories and lingerie at the end of December specially at Macy’s Store and Garage Clothing.
Of course, holiday related items including candy, decorations and napkins are at their lowest price right after Christmas. If you want to find some great deals for next year, shop for Christmas related items right after Christmas. Anything with a Christmas, Hanukkah or other winter holiday symbol emblazoned on it can be found at a discount.
Media related items can also be found at discounts following Christmas. PlayStations, e-readers and Blu-Ray players went on sale in late November. With the demand for such items high, a lot of media items will still be discounted post-Christmas. It is a great time to purchase video games, music, e-books and other in demand items.
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Another area of merchandise that is discounted after the holidays is fitness gear. Those deals will last into January.
Where to shop
Department stores are the best places to find discounted items right after Christmas. Merchandise must be sold so that spring apparel can be moved in. You will find significant savings at JC Penney, Kohl’s and Walmart among other department stores. Also don’t forget to check Groupon site every day this Holiday, because the great deals only last a few hours 😉
Not just large department stores, but smaller clothing apparel shops also offer great discounts following Christmas. Last year, Abercrombie& Fitch, Hollister and Express offered 50% savings following the holidays. Target Australia offered savings of as much as 70% off apparel and accessories. Old Navy offered 75% off many items. Banana Republic, The Gap, 6 pm and New York and Company all offered the best deals post-Christmas last year.
Luxury items can also be found at discounted prices after Christmas. Bloomingdales, Tory Birch, Saks Fifth Avenue, Betsey Johnson, Brooks Brothers and Lord & Taylor all offered great post-Christmas deals last year.
Not only clothing stores discount their merchandise right after Christmas. Bath & Body Works offered a great semi-annual sale following Christmas with up to 75% off everything last year. Beauty departments such as Sephora and Walgreens also offered its best deals on December 26 last year.
Other stores to keep in mind when looking for bargains after Christmas include Gander Mountain and Barnes & Noble. Both stores offered huge post holiday blow-out sales last year. Barnes & Noble offered best selling Nook books at 50% off last year and offered Nook HD accessory covers at 40% off.
Finally, keep in mind that online retailers offer some of the best post-Christmas bargains. Amazon has a huge after Christmas sale on many items.
Finding the best deals for your after Christmas shopping is easy if you know where to look. Many items are discounted at the end of the year and you can save a lot of money. Knowing what to look for, where to look and when to shop are the key points when shopping at the end of the year. Have fun shopping and saving this year.