After christmas sales decorations

We’re not going to sugarcoat it for you: Christmas is over. The presents have been opened, the Christmas surprises have been revealed, and the holiday spirit that filled the air is slowly dissipating. (I should know, I already took down my tree.)

Christmas 2020 might be hundreds of days away (364, to be exact) but that doesn’t mean you have to wait until next December rolls around to embrace the holiday spirit. And it’s never a bad time for a good deal — in fact, Amazon has already started slashing the prices of some of your favorite Christmas decorations.

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Just like when Halloween candy goes on sale November 1, this sale is happening right on time. Whether you dropped a few favorite ornaments while you were setting up, noticed your twinkle light bulbs are broken, or are in need of a new artificial tree to fit your new home, the holidays might’ve been a reminder that you’re in desperate need of new decorations.

Amazon’s deals are your opportunity to buy your favorite holiday pieces at a steep discount (over 70% off in some cases), so you’ll have brand-new decorations waiting to be used next year.

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The catch? Most of the discounts pertain to Christmas trees — think faux trees, string lights, tree toppers, and ornaments, all priced at least 40% off. So if you’re looking to buy a new menorah or lawn inflatables, you might have to wait a bit longer to get the best bang of your buck. But if you want to get a big head-start on sprucing up your tree, now’s the best time to shop. Simply add your favorites to your cart now and reap the rewards later.

After all, Christmas is only 364 days away…

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1) Christmas Decorations and Accents

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Save lots of money by shopping for these holiday and household items at day after Christmas sales. Be sure to sign up to receive the expanded free printable checklist that you can take with you while you go shopping.

I often skip Black Friday shopping, but there’s not much that can keep me out of the stores for their day after Christmas sales.

I skip the return lines and hightail it to the clearance section stock to my cart with items for next Christmas and all year round.

I’ve compiled a list of 20 things to buy at day-after-Christmas sale, and I think some of them may surprise you.

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By request, I’ve also added a FREE printable checklist that you can take with you when you’re shopping. It includes the 20 original items, plus EVEN MORE things to buy at a discount at day after Christmas sales. This is a great item to print and keep in your calendar or planner or your holiday organizing binder. Just enter your email address below, then check your inbox for the printable.

As the retail landscape has changed, more and more stores are discounting holiday items BEFORE Christmas, so you can often snag some of these deals before Dec. 25. You’ll find a better selection when you shop early, but you’ll save the most money if you wait for stores to mark things down 75 percent to 90 percent.

Best Things to Buy on Clearance After Christmas

I rarely pay full price for Christmas decor because I shop the after-Christmas sales when decorations are usually on clearance, or discounted 50 percent or more the longer you wait. Some stores even discount their Christmas decor before the holiday, so be on the lookout for great deals while you’re doing your last-minute gift shopping.

2) Christmas Ornaments

I love to pick up ornaments after Christmas, but I don’t just buy for my tree.

I also like to buy ornaments to use as package toppers or to use on the backs of chairs. I pack the ornaments up with my Christmas giftwrap and store them in the attic until next year.

3) Wrapping Paper

I’m sure you know that after-Christmas is the best time to buy wrapping paper, bags, decorative boxes and other gift wrap supplies.

I like to stock up on premium paper. My favorites are the foil, flocked and glittery papers, which can be quite expensive when purchased full price.

I’ll be buying wrapping paper for next year’s Christmas on the 26th, but I’ll also be shopping for gift wrap to use year round. If you hunt, you can find patterns that aren’t holiday specific that you can use for birthdays and other occasions year round.

You may even find some wrapping paper you can use in your home decor, like this faux bois kraft paper I picked up at Target after Christmas. I used it as a runner on an autumn tablescape and as a background for some of my blog photography. The paper I purchased is no longer available, but this is a pretty alternative.

4) Tape

While you’re shopping for wrapping paper, don’t forget to scoop up discounted tape. You’ll have to get to the store early to take advantage of this deal, however, because the hardcore bargain hunters often buy it all up first thing.

5) Paper Goods

Here’s something you may not think to look for at day after Christmas sales. Depending on the store, you can often find paper goods, including paper towels, napkins, plates, facial tissue, foil, plastic wrap, baggies and plastic food storage marked half off if it’s in holiday packaging.

6) Cleaning Supplies

The same also applies to things like dishwashing liquid and hand soap. Look for the Christmas packaging, and you may get a heck of a deal!

7) Kitchen Items and Cookware

Keep your eyes peeled for red and green cookie sheets and bakeware in holiday packaging.

Stores want to clear these seasonal items out after the holidays, so they will discount them deeply. Some items you can use year-round. And others you can save for holiday gifts and baking.

My rubber scrapers and spatulas have Santa Claus and reindeer on them, but I don’t mind. They were a steal at Williams-Sonoma’s after-Christmas sale! World Market has some adorable Christmas-themed spatulas that are likely to be clearance-priced after Christmas.

I’ve also bought whisks, cookie cooling racks, corkscrews and cheese boards at a holiday discount.

You can also find great post-holiday deals on baking boxes, cupcake liners and other supplies for homemade food gifts. If you’re the kind to make and give baked goods to your friends and neighbors, now is the time to stock up on pretty packaging for them.

8) Food Gifts

Speaking of food gifts, you’ll find prepackaged food gifts discounted after Christmas, too. I tend to go for items in non-seasonal packaging. Then, I can use them for hostess gifts, teachers gifts and care packages throughout the year.

Soup mixes, barbecue sauces, nuts, coffee flavorings, popcorn gift sets and hot chocolate mixes are great items to pick up on sale. Just be mindful of expiration dates.

When giving these items as gifts, don’t feel like you have to keep them in their original packaging. You can break up a set and combine it with other items to make a unique gift. No one will ever guess you bought it at Christmas.

I’ve also been known to buy items for my own pantry at these sales. If you’re planning a New Year’s Eve party, then a look for summer sausages, cheese sets, nuts and dip mixes you can serve as appetizers.

9) Barware and Party Supplies

Speaking of New Year’s Eve, be on the lookout for discounted barware and party supplies.

Stores often sell glitzy Christmas glassware and cocktail shakers that aren’t really holiday specific.

I bought this metal ice bucket (kid not included) at Target’s half-price, day after Christmas sale years ago and added family crest vinyl decal to it. We still use this ice bucket when we throw parties.

10) Holiday China

I never could bring myself to pay full price for Christmas dishes, but priced 50 percent to 90 percent off, that’s another story.

A few years ago, I bought a 12-piece place setting of Christmas china at Kohl’s that I bring out every year when we host family for Christmas.

11) Table Linens

Don’t forget the napkins and tablecloths and runners and placemats to go along with those pretty Christmas dishes.

I find great prices on table linens after the holidays, and usually the selection is pretty good, too.

I like to buy solids and patterns that aren’t holiday specific, so I can use them year round in my entertaining and in my food photography for the blog.

12) Candles

Who doesn’t love holiday candles? But who wants to pay full price for them?

If you wait until after Christmas, you can get a great deal on candles, and you may even find some you can use year round.

Snip off the pine cones and needles, and these birch bark candles from Kohl’s are good from fall through spring.

13) Pillows

I love to change out the pillows inside and out for Christmas, but who wants to pay full-price for them?

Make sure you check stores for deals on holiday pillows after Christmas. Places like At Home and Home Goods usually have a lot!

14) Ribbon

I have a weakness for beautiful ribbon to use for decorating and for packages, but it can be so expensive.

That’s why I buy mine on sale after Christmas.

Then, I can afford an entire roll to do projects like my staircase garland — without breaking the bank.

15) Garlands & Greenery

Speaking of garlands, faux greenery is another great thing to buy at day after Christmas sales.

Especially if you use a lot of it like I do. Most of mine was purchased at after-Christmas sales or using coupons. I like to invest in good quality faux florals and greenery, but I don’t like to pay full price for them.

16) Boxed Gift Sets

I don’t know about you, but I have lots of presents to buy and give throughout the year.

I love to pick up a few prepackaged gifts, like USB chargers, classic games, multipurpose tools, book lights and electronic gadgets, to have on hand for birthdays, graduation gifts and just because.

17) Beauty Items

You know what also comes packaged neatly with a box for Christmas? Beauty items, including makeup, nail polish, perfume and skincare.

A 50 percent off sale (or more!) is the perfect excuse to try a new scent or indulge in a new nail color wardrobe! I’m a big fan of the Burt’s Bees gift sets; I scored some great deals a few years ago on some of those at Walmart.

18) School Supplies

As strange as it sounds, you can often find school supplies on clearance after Christmas. Just look for holiday packaging, then check the prices at the store’s bar code scanners. You may be pleasantly surprised.

I scored a major deal on some Santa Claus and Frosty Post-It notes and Sharpie markers one year after Christmas, and I was able to donate a lot of them to my son’s school.

19) Christmas Cards

I know many people send out photo Christmas cards. But if you don’t, get a jumpstart by buying your cards for this year on Dec. 26.

You’ll pay half what you will next year — and if you’re really organized, you could address them now when you’re not busy with the holiday rush. (Who am I kidding?)

20) Christmas Trees

If you use an artificial Christmas tree like we do, then the best time to buy it is after Christmas.

I wish we bought our living room tree after Christmas, but we found ourselves in tree bind last year and ended up purchasing ours before the holiday. We bought it on sale, but had we waited until Dec. 26, the price would have dropped significantly. (Sometimes, you’ll find discounts on pre-lit trees before Christmas, as well.)

At least I can say I bought my feather tinsel tree on sale. (Check local boutiques and florists for high-quality trees like this one at a discount.)

The same goes outdoor trees and decor.

Shop the sales for deals on these items, and stock up on holiday lights so you’re not paying full-price when yours burn out.

I’m curious. Do you hit the day after Christmas sales?

What’s your favorite thing to buy? Did I miss anything on my list?

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There’s that day in January when you go to the store and see no more festive candy canes, holiday-themed Hershey’s Kisses or red-and-green colored M&Ms; the holiday-themed Whitman’s Samplers, the chocolate Santas bundled in colorful foil wrappers, those chocolate “oranges” — all gone without a trace. They may be overflowing into the aisles of your local big box retailer or drugstore right now, but after the holidays are officially over, where do all of these Christmas-specific sweets end up? Are they destroyed? Given to charity? Sent to the North Pole?

If, like I did, you always thought that, come January 1, they went into hibernation in the closets of every grandmother in America — tucked in with the leftover wrapping paper and recycled gift boxes before being pulled out and dumped right back into the Christmas candy dish the next year — you may be partially right.

“Generally, stores really do sell through most of their inventory by lowering prices,” said Michael Allured, publisher of candy trade magazine The Manufacturing Confectioner. “All but a very small portion is sold, the rest may go to a food pantry like Second Harvest. But every retailer has to deal with their own leftover inventory on their own.”

He also has observed that manufacturers are now starting to make seasonal candies with more general motifs so that they have a longer shelf life.

“For Halloween, for example, they’ll have more of a fall motif than a specific Halloween motif,” he said. “It gives the candy more staying power and keeps waste down.”

Anna Lingeris, global brand manager for The Hershey Company, which makes a broad assortment of Christmas confections, from Jolly Rancher candy canes to Reese’s peanut butter holiday trees (the best-sellers are still those classic Hershey’s Kisses dressed up in festive holiday hues), told TODAY.com that, “We only make as much as we already have orders for. Generally, product leftover from the holiday season is discounted per the retailer; however, The Hershey Company does donate a portion of unsold candy to various organizations including Feeding America, Operation Blessing and others.”

“When it comes to seasonal products, we don’t even make any Christmas-specific products unless we already have an order for it,” explained Tom Ward, president of Russell Stover, which also produces Whitman’s. Ward says if the company does end up with extra inventory, due to a retail customer purchasing a smaller quantity than originally promised, they’ll send the excess to their own Russell Stover retail stores, mark it down and eventually it may end up at a food pantry or the Salvation Army. But once the retailer purchases the candies, that retailer is responsible for moving the product.

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Of course, once December 25 has passed — and often before — the price-slashing begins as stores pull out the big discounts in order to move inventory. And, interestingly, all of the retailers we contacted said the pre-and-post-Christmas sale prices, along with careful buying practices, were enough to make the candy disappear.

A spokesperson for Walmart stores said that they typically sell out of all of their holiday candy, discounting it after Christmas and allowing stores to keep it on sale at their discretion. Target had an almost identical response. At Walgreens, the candy also magically disappears thanks to sale pricing. And at Family Dollar stores, roughly 75 percent of the holiday candy stock is sold before Christmas and the rest sold after.

So what about folks who are buying those candies after Christmas and archiving them, along with discounted wrapping paper, for the next year? Do they really last and, more importantly, will they still taste good?

When it comes to items like Hershey’s Kisses, the candy buy-and-hoard contingent is in luck.

“They generally have a shelf life of up to 11 months,” Lingeris said. “Chocolate products will maintain their quality if stored in a cool, dry place (55-60 degrees F).”

As for the swankier gift boxes? Not so much. “The Russell Stover and Whitman’s boxes all have a customer-facing ‘best by’ code,” said Ward. “They’re different depending on the item, but the seasonal samplers, for example, are generally good for two months after the holiday season. After this date, we request that the retailer no longer sell the product.”

Allured agrees you won’t want to keep them, or any other higher-end box chocolates for very long, as the quality deteriorates quickly. “The center fillings will lose their flavor and with more expensive chocolates that use heavy cream, they can eventually spoil.”

Your best bet for long-term candy storage? Hard candy. When the apocalypse comes, it sounds like it’s going to just be the cockroaches and… candy canes.

“Things like candy canes or ribbon candy are good for well over a year, up to five years possibly. The sugar creates a matrix that holds it all together,” said Allured. This is as long as you store it in a cool, dry place: “Humidity is the enemy.”

Ward also answered a pressing question we’ve always wanted to know the answer to: which side of the dividing line does he fall on when it comes to taking a nibble out of a chocolate and then putting it back if you don’t like the filling?

“I think it’s really rude!” he said. So there you have it, straight from the president of the company.

Kirsten Henri loves any kind of chocolate with a coconut center, but thinks the ones filled with fruit should be considered punishment, not dessert.

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Yes, yes, people love each other. That’s great. Now that Valentine’s Day is over, it’s time for one of the biggest sweet-lovers’ holiday of the year. It’s the first Discount Candy Day of the year, and Snacktaku is here to help you make the most of it.

Discount Candy Day is the day following a candy-centric holiday, and depending where you live, it can come multiple times a year. Here in the United States we get three. There’s the day after Halloween, the day after Easter and February 15, the day after Valentine’s Day. The day after Christmas used to count, but as society started shying away from “Merry Christmas” in favor of “Happy Holidays,” retailers got confused and candy began to linger longer on the shelves.


So we’ve got three, starting with February 15, which we here at Snacktaku feel is the best for several reasons.

  • The message of love is year-round and universal, unlike the message of egg-laying resurrection rabbits or children going door-to-door begging for free stuff.
  • We’re more likely to find cheap chocolate body parts (in good condition) than other Discount Candy Days.
  • There are Creme Eggs and Screme Eggs, but no Valentine’s Day equivalent. As delicious as Cadbury’s simulated chicken embryo are, they do not store well.
  • Discounted Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Oreos, if you’re lucky.
  • Every piece of Valentine’s Day candy you buy after February 14 represents a broken heart. We are the eaters of sorrow. We poop hope.

I Google “Sorrow Eater” and got The Sorrow from Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. Close enough. I am not Googling “Poop Hope.”

It doesn’t matter why you’re stockpiling pink-and-red foil-wrapped sugar bits. Maybe you’re frugal, or depressed, or you just have too much love inside you and need somewhere to store it for a bit. What matters is that we here at Snacktaku love this particular Discount Candy Day as much as the next candy-obsessive, and we’ve complied some helpful suggestions to make sure everyone has the best experience possible.


Today Is The Day

If you’re reading this, it may already be too late for the good stuff. Many stores will still have leftover Valentine’s Day candy at a deep discount five days from now, but it won’t be pretty.


We’re talking:

  • Tiny boxes of Elmer chocolates attached to tiny plush animals so poorly made their little hugs amplify sadness rather than negate it.
  • Bags of small, heart-shaped lollipops with cute sayings written in white sugar so that when you lick them it looks like some sort of growth burst in your mouth.
  • Whatever novelty bullshit Target placed in the aisle next to the good Valentine’s Day candy.
  • Brach’s conversation hearts.

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  • If you’re very lucky there might be some Russell Stover left, and a day where Russell Stover chocolates make you feel lucky is not a great day.

If you want the Godiva, the White Cheesecake M&Ms, the Lindt, the Brach’s Jube Jel Candy Hearts or the regular candy put on discount simply because there are hearts on the package, you have to act fast.


50 Percent Off Or Bust

Normally a discount is a discount, but when it comes to Discount Candy Day, lines must be drawn, and we choose to draw the line at 50 percent, and no less.

Advertisement The “Or Bust” portion of this topic would be very unfortunate in this situation, via Reddit.

There will be stores that try to milk their love chocolate at a premium price for a few more days. That’s there prerogative, and you’re free to either skip them altogether or wait for the prices to change, even if they spit on the sanctity of Discount Candy Day.


Others try to gently slope the price declines over the course of several days. They’ll play it coy, marking things in smaller increments. Maybe they’ll slash prices on the stuff they know will linger, while only dropping sought-after candy like Hershey’s Kisses and organ-shaped Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups by 25 percent. It’s smart business, and no discount candy shopper likes a smart business.

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We want the stores where the stock and signage folks are watching the clock at 11:59 PM, hands gripping bundles of “50 Percent Off” tags. Retailers have to get rid of this stuff, and discounts are the way they do it. As long as they don’t skimp on the price cuts, we’re here to help.

Of course you can wait a week for discounts in the 70 to 90 percent range. Enjoy those tiny Elmer boxes.


Buy Candy You Want To Eat

This should really go without saying, but in the heat of the moment, surrounded by like-minded candy discount shoppers vying for cheap sweets, things can get a little crazy.


Case in point, six years ago we were in a Walmart on the first Discount Candy Day of the year and somehow, in our bargain-drunk stupor,we purchased a half-dozen boxes of large chocolate lips wrapped in red foil. We don’t recall the manufacturer, but they had the waxy, gritty texture shared by many of the lower-quality Easter bunnies we’ll be dealing with this spring. They looked like the Rolling Stones logo in a thoughtful moment.

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We do not like poor-quality chocolate, but we bought them anyway. After trying one, we decided we didn’t like eating things shaped like someone else’s mouth either.

Not wanting to waste the stupid things, we placed them in our freezer. Perhaps we imagined they’d be something we could offer the company we never invited over, or maybe there’d be a rush on cheap chocolate lips and we’d be in prime position to see a return on our investment.


We finally threw them out when we moved, two and a half years later.

Before you check out at the cash register, ask yourself “Would I eat this?” Alternately, in case you need an entity to bolster your decision-making, you could ask “What would Snacktaku eat?”


Know Your Expiration Dates

The urge to stockpile candy willy-nilly is strong on Discount Candy Day, but you have to know your limits. More importantly, you have to know the limits of the candy you’re buying.


Solid chocolate products stored in a cool, dry place can keep for around 11 months, according to a 2011 Today interview with Hershey’s brand manager Anna Lingeris. You can get some pretty good mileage out of basic candy bars and the like as well.

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Fancier chocolates, like truffles and other filled assortments, will start to lose flavor within a few months. Premium filled chocolates that use ingredients like real cream with eventually spoil. There is nothing quite like biting into a rich, dark chocolate shell filled with curdled cream.

If you’re in it for the long haul, hard candies are the way to go. Held strong by their sugary lattices, hard candy can last for years. That means that little bowl of faded, stuck together candy drops at your grandmother’s house is fair game, as long as she dusts them regularly.


Share The Discounted Wealth

What good is a fortune in love-themed sweets with no one to share them with? As sexy as sitting home alone in your underwear, catching up on the new Lethal Weapon series on Hulu (it’s not bad) while picking through a dozen boxes of assorted chocolates seems, the best way to eat candy (aside from in moderation) is with friends.


How else are you going to brag about how much money you saved? Who is going to eat the hard caramels while you eat the soft creams? Who will giggle when you read the kitschy phrases on those conversation hearts?


Seriously, don’t buy conversation hearts. They are horrible.

And the sharing doesn’t have to stop with people you know. Grab a few bags and drop them off at your local homeless shelter. Send some in to your kids’ school for treats. Take them to a senior center and share some of that cheap love.


Though we’re pretty big on eating things here at Snacktaku, it’s good to remember that there are more ways to enjoy snacks than subjecting them to your digestive process.

We’ve given all the guidance we can. The rest is up to you. Venture forth to your big box outlets, your drug stores and your supermarkets. Strip those shelves bare, and return to us with tales of your plunder.


Happy Discount Candy Day.

Snacktaku is Kotaku’s take on the wild and wonderful world of eating things, but not eating meals. Eating meals is for those with too much time on their hands.

Post-Christmas sales 2019: When stores open Thursday for returns and more holiday shopping


A new season of shopping starts early Thursday – post-Christmas sales.

Whether you have a new gift card burning a hole in your wallet or an unwanted gift to return, after-Christmas sales offer a chance to buy what you want for yourself at a discount.

According to the National Retail Federation’s annual December holiday consumer survey, 68% of people said they will likely shop the week after Christmas with 49% saying they plan to take advantage of post-holiday sales and promotions and 27% will use gift cards.

Returning or exchanging gifts is a big reason many will head to stores with 55% of shoppers surveyed saying they will take back unwanted gifts within the first month of receiving them with 80% saying they prefer to make returns and exchanges in stores.

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With so many people returning and shopping, crowds are expected.

“If you’re returning a gift this year, I recommend waiting until after January 1 to avoid the after-Christmas sales rush,” said Sara Skirboll, RetailMeNot shopping and trends expert, noting shoppers should read fine print and look for return deadlines.

Regina Conway, consumer expert from Slickdeals.net, said many retailers adjust return policies for the holidays.

“The majority of major retailers will allow a minimum of 15 to 30 days from Christmas Day to return things like electronics, appliances and furniture, and 30-90 days generally for other merchandise, some even longer,” Conway said.

In its 16th annual return policy survey, ConsumerWorld.org found some retailers that previously had among the most lenient return policies are following a trend of implementing shorter return periods.

Kohl’s and Bed Bath & Beyond were included for recent changes to policies. Kohl’s eliminated its longstanding no return deadline policy in favor of requiring most returns in 180 days. Bed Bath & Beyond reduced its return period from a year to 180 days, with items in several categories needing to be brought back sooner.

After-Christmas sales

Here are some of the best things to shop for during after-Christmas sales:

Holiday items: Artificial Christmas trees, decorations, gift wrap, bags, bows and items packaged with holiday branding will be marked down 50% to 70% at most stores. As the days go by, the discounts will increase.

Clothes: Stores will offer some of the biggest discounts of the year, and many department stores will have coupons in store circulars and on mobile apps.

Electronics: Several electronic and tech items are on sale after Christmas, but if you’re looking for a brand name big-screen TV, you should wait until early February, post-Super Bowl, when 2019 models begin to be discounted to make room for 2020 models.


Day after Christmas store hours

Here’s when major retailers are open Dec. 26, but note hours can vary by location. Store names below link to retailers’ websites.

Academy Sports + Outdoors: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Apple: Varies, check www.apple.com/retail.

Barnes & Noble: Varies, many open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. or later.

Bass Pro Shops: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Bealls Florida: 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Bealls Outlet: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Bed Bath & Beyond: Varies by location.

Belk: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Best Buy: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Big Lots: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

BJ’s Wholesale Club: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Bloomingdale’s: Varies, many stores open at 8 a.m.

Boscov’s: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Burlington: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

buybuy Baby: Varies by location.

Cabela’s: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Conn’s HomePlus: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Costco: Varies, regular hours

CVS: Most stores open regular hours.

Dick’s Sporting Goods: Stores reopen at 7 a.m.

Dillard’s: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

DSW: 8 to 10 p.m.

Dunham’s Sports: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Five Below: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Fry’s Electronics: Regular hours, vary

GameStop: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Guitar Center: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Hobby Lobby: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Home Depot: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Home Goods: 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Ikea: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

J.C. Penney: Stores open at 9 a.m., closing hours vary.

Joann Stores: Varies.

Kirkland’s: Stores open at 10 a.m.

Kmart: Most open regular hours, which vary.

Kohl’s: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Lord & Taylor: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Lowe’s: Hours vary, most open at 6 a.m.

Macy’s: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Marshalls: 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Menards: 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Michaels: Stores reopen at 7 a.m.

Microsoft: Varies, check online.

Neiman Marcus: Hours vary, but many stores open at 8 a.m. Thursday.

Nordstrom and Nordstrom Rack: Hours vary and posted at www.nordstrom.com.

Office Depot: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Old Navy: Varies, but many open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Petco: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

PetSmart: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Rite-Aid: Hours vary.

Ross: Varies but most stores open at 8 a.m.

Saks Fifth Avenue: Varies, most stores open at 8 a.m.

Sam’s Club: Varies, regular hours.

Sears: Varies.

Shoe Carnival: Varies.

Sierra Trading Post: Varies.

Stage Stores: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Staples: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Stein Mart: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Target: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

TJ Maxx: 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Ulta: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Walgreens: Regular hours.

Walmart: Stores reopen at 6 a.m.

World Market: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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Large Appliances– During the holiday months, some stores keep older inventory and then reduce the leftovers at the beginning of the year. Purchase in January to take advantage of reduced prices.

Calendars – Calendars are a popular Christmas gift. January marks the month when sales drastically decrease. Wait a little longer to get your calender and you’ll get a better deal.

Carpet and Flooring– Many Americans make home improvements before the holiday season, so prices are sometimes increased. Wait until January and save when prices have been lowered to move inventory.

Furniture and Home Decor– Typically, new furniture arrives to stores in February or August. Expect price cuts and great sales in January and July. Also many people re-decorate in January when they want a new look for the new year, catch all the resales and discounts at large retailers selling off last year’s looks.

Linens and Bedding- John Wannaker made January THE month to purchase new linens and bedding. In 1878 he started the marketing strategy of having “The White Sale” at the beginning of the year. Still today retailers honor and follow his strategy.

Christmas Cards– You can find excellent deals on Christmas cards in January. You can expect discounts up to 80 percent off, as retailers want to get rid of the leftover inventory from the Holiday Season. If you have a place to store them, and won’t forget about them over the year, this is the best way to get the nicest Christmas cards for the lowest possible price.

Outdoor Gear– Retailers clean out the old and bring in the new of these items in the month of January.

Office Furniture– Office furniture stores have deals in the times surrounding the launch of new businesses – January and after tax season.

Perfume- We know you love smelling nice, but if you want to smell nice for less, avoid the holiday and valentine’s day fragrance rush. You’ll see much better prices in January or after February.

Men’s Fall Suits (and other fall clothing)– January brings sales on fall suits. Off-season buying = big savings!

Video Games and Toys–New games are usually released in November and December, to be on the market in time for the holidays. In January and February prices will start being marked down, especially on older games. Also the toy departments that overstocked for the holidays will be selling off the extras.

Winter Coats and Clothing– Wait a little longer after winter hits and you’ll get a better deal. Since winter coats take up so much floor space, later in the winter, when its time to make room for spring clothes, these will be on sale.

Motorcycles– Because of the cold, very few people are thinking about buying a motorcycle. No one dreams about riding in the low temperatures, snow or ice. This is the time to buy a motorcycle.

Wrapping Paper- After Christmas sales are the best time to buy wrapping paper of all sorts, and get it for a fraction of the pre-Christmas cost.

Swimwear- Stores are quickly trying to get rid of last year’s styles and this section will be deeply discounted. Bonus, buy now and start a fitness program to fit into your suit when spring comes!

Fitness Equipment– With New Years resolutions in full swing fitness equipment, DVDs, and gym memberships will be lowering prices to entice you to stay committed to your weight loss goals.

Seasonal Produce– Citrus fruits, Broccoli and Cabbage


Boats– Winter time or the early part of the year leading up to spring is your best bet for buying a boat. If you purchase between January and March, you won’t have to pay as much as dealers won’t bundle boat show prices into the final cost of the boat.

Cameras– With the release of the new models in January & February, best prices are found on older models in this month.

Home Theaters– The Super Bowl brings out the best deals on both big-screen TVs and home theatres.

Prom Dresses– Buying your prom dress now will ensure that you get the best deal, as new designs to be released are just around the corner in Spring. Buying this early ensures that you have plenty of time to make alterations should they be necessary.

Video Games– January and February are the best times to buy and get the greatest deals on video games, as manufacturers release their newest games in November & December in time for the holidays. If you wait until January or February, then you’ll get discounted prices.

Weddings- Want to save some money on your wedding? Get married in winter. May-September is the peak wedding season, so any of the winter months will provide the opportunity to negotiate lower prices on wedding venues and services, since the demand won’t be nearly as high.

Seasonal Produce– Lemons, oranges, grapefruit, and papayas as well as broccoli and cauliflower.


China and Flatware– You can get great deals on the previous seasons’ patterns in March and after Christmas.

Frozen Foods– It’s National Frozen and Refridgerated Foods Month! Founders of this event encourage retailers to lower prices and offer coupons on these items this month. Be on the lookout!

Gardening Tools– You can save up to 50 percent on shovels, hoes, rakes and other gardening tools from February to April.

Perfume- Another slow month for fragrance. Take advantage of the sales to give as gifts later in the year.

Seasonal Produce– Broccoli, Lettuce, Pineapples and Mangoes


Cruises–If you’re the type of person who can take an on-the-fly vacation, booking a last minute cruise in April can save you lots of money. As always, off season vacations save you money, although you do sacrifice weather sometimes.

Cookware- Some stores run sales on cookware in early summer because it is a popular gift for newly weds and graduating college students.

Electronics and Televisions- Spring and summer is the best time to buy electronics, as the Japanese fiscal year is ending. Most electronics companies release their new models after the new fiscal year, so old models are reduced in price.

Office Furniture- Office furniture stores have deals in the times surrounding the launch of new businesses – January and after tax season.

Sneakers- Spring time brings out the committed runners, and sneaker makers are well aware of this. Deals and coupons are more available in April.

Snowblowers- Who needs a snowblower in the middle of the springtime? Not many people. Which is why you’ll get the best deals this month instead of waiting until winter.

Vacuum Cleaners– The introduction of new models in time for spring cleaning will result in lower prices on older models to make room for the new.


Cookware- Early summer is a time when some stores run sales on cookware because it is such a popular gift for newlyweds and graduating college students.

Electronics– See above.

Kitchen Accessories- Retailers know kitchen items are great gifts for wedding and graduation presents, which means springtime is a good time to buy. In the fall, people are making sure they have all the tools they need for holiday cooking, so October and November are great times to buy as well.

Mattresses and Box Springs– May is the month to buy these, as retailers are trying to make room for the incoming new models.

Picnic & Barbecue Supplies– Deep discounts are given on these type of items in mid-May and June to bring competition to other brands and win your business. In anticipation of the summer grilling and picnic season, retailers want to sell this stuff!

Refrigerators- The new models are coming! Shop now to get the best deals on the older ones. If you shop on a weekday instead of a weekend, you’re more likely to get the best customer service, since there are typically fewer shoppers during the week.

Vacuum Cleaners- See above.

Seasonal Produce- Artichokes, Asparagus, Broccoli, Lettuce, Okra, Rhubarb, Spring Peas, Cherries and Pineapples.


Dairy Products- Dairy products go on sale in the summer months. Butter is an especially good buy and can be frozen for up to six months, so stock up now for holiday baking.

Gym Memberships– By this time of year, those who’ve purchased a gym membership are either enjoying exercising outdoors or have given up on their New Year’s resolutions. The sales reps at your local gym need new members and may discount memberships or offer free months. Of course, it is always cheaper to exercise at home with used equipment, but if you must use a gym, now is the time to sign up.

Hardware- Father’s day is a heavily advertised time for hardware sales. This is a great time to buy.

Paint- The hottest months of the year produce the greatest sales on paint. Buy now!

Seasonal Produce– It’s fruit harvesting season! Apricots, Blueberries, Cantaloupe, Peaches, Strawberries, Watermelon


Broadway Tickets– Fall is the time that most New Yorkers go to new shows. Summer shows are less attended, meaning that tickets are typically at lower rates.

Computers- July is typically a slow month for computer sales, before the back-to-school rush. You can often find good deals.

Furniture- Typically, new furniture arrives to stores in February or August. Expect price cuts and great sales in January and July.

Ice Cream– More coupons and promos are available for ice cream and novelty items this month, as it is National Ice Cream month. Enjoy cheap cool treats!

Paint- Both interior and exterior paint are on sale during the hottest months of the year.

Grills- One of the reasons we all love the summer time is grilling out. Summer is coming to a close and so is the grilling season, so stores are looking to remove excess stock this month.

Men’s Spring Suits (and other spring clothing)– Get deals spring suits and other clothing in July.

Tools- Typically July is the best time to get great deals on tool sets.

DSLR Cameras– According to MSN Money DSLR cameras are at the best prices in July since typically people purchase them for graduation presents in May and June, or in November and December for Christmas presents.

Seasonal Produce–Apricots, Blueberries, Watermelon, Summer Squash, Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Corn, Green Beans and Lettuce.


Computers- Back to school sales yield good prices on computers in August. Combine this with a tax-free weekend to score an even better deal.

MP3 Players- August is the month when retailers put older models on sale to make room for the new ones. If you’re looking for an iPod or an MP3 player, this month is the time to shop!

Garden Plants and Flowers- Garden supply stores and nurseries are trying to clear inventory at the end of summer, so take advantage of lower prices now!

Lawn Mowers- At the end of summer, stores are making room for fall products, and lawn mowers take up lots of space. Look for retailers to discount the mowers to make room for incoming inventory.

School Supplies- School supply sales are great early in the season, and going that route is good. However, late in the month of August or a few weeks after school starts, retailers are known to discount school supplies by atleast 75%. You could always purchase the minimal amount before school starts and the rest once the big sales hit a few weeks later. Or stock up for the next year during that 75% off time.

Swimsuits- The end of summer is the best time to buy these, as the season is ending. Buy the next size up for your children to wear next spring.

Swing Sets- Swing sets take up lots of floor space, which merchants want to fill with fall holiday merchandise. Also, children are heading back to school and have transitioned out of their primarily outdoor play pursuits. This is the best time to buy a swing set.


Bicycles- If you have money for a new bike, now is the time to buy. New models are released during September and old models will be discounted to make room for the new inventory. The best way to save money on bikes is to purchase them at garage sales from parents of children who have outgrown them.

China & Flatware– Purchase last season’s patterns and get a great deal.

MP3 Players– See above.

Lawn Mowers- See above.

Horses– It’s expensive to board horses through the winter and the weather is not the best for riding, so some private owners, tourist operations and summer camps sell their horses at the end of the summer. The end of horse racing season finds reduced prices on thoroughbreds.

Patio Furniture- The first week after summer ends is the best time to buy patio furniture. Many stores reduce their prices drastically to make room for Christmas decorations.

Wine- Fall harvest brings in the best selection of wines as well as the release of the latest vintages.

Seasonal Produce-Broccoli, Lettuce, Pumpkins, Spinach, Sweet Potatoes, Apples, Cranberries, Grapes and Pomegranates.


Air Conditioning Units– Stores clear their inventory at the end of the summer. As temperatures cool, prices go down and an off season purchase will save you lots of money.

Large Appliances- Purchasing refrigerators, washers and other large appliances in October is wise as the stores want to clear older inventory to make room for all the incoming new models.

Cars- New models come out at the end of the summer, so the end of a model year is a great time to find a good deal on a car, as they are making room for new models. The models that have been on the lot for the longest time can generally be negotiated for the best prices. Of course, it’s best to purchase a car that is 1-3 years old rather than a new model to avoid losing money to depreciation.

Gas Grills- During the summer time many people buy gas grills. However, when sales decrease in the fall, so do prices.

Horses-See above.

Jeans– Clearance sales before the holiday season provide jeans at lower prices during this month.

Toys- Retailers try to extend the holiday profit season by offering great prices and pushing sales as early as October.

Kitchen Accessories/Cookware–In the fall, people are making sure they have all the tools they need for holiday cooking, so retailers mark down baking necessities like mixers and cookware.

Seasonal Produce- Pumpkins, Sweet Potatoes, Mushrooms, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Pears, Oranges, Grapefruit, Tangerines, Papayas and Pomegranates.


Live Christmas Trees- Get your christmas tree right after Thanksgiving and you’ll get your best deal. Most folks are more focused on starting holiday shopping so trees are priced lower to increase sales.

Electronics- Get great deals on electronics on Black Friday and Cyber Monday during the holiday season.

Frozen Turkeys- Extra demand usually means higher prices, but not so for turkeys. Prices hit their lowest point of the year just before Thanksgiving. Purchase a couple of extra ones for the freezer if you have room.

Kitchen Accessories/Cookware-See above.

Recreational Vehicles- The best time to buy an RV is right at the beginning of winter when buyer traffic slows down. Retailers want to clear inventory, increase their cashflow, and not have to winterize and store the vehicles. Of course, it is always best to buy used rather than new to get the best value.

Toys- The beginning of November is a great time to take advantage of pre-Christmas sales.

Wedding Services– Weddings in January, February, October, November or December will save you money. There is low demand for wedding services and at wedding venues during these months, as it is the off season. Negotiating lower prices will be much easier. You can save a lot on a wedding by getting married in the winter! Not to mention on your honeymoon as well!

Seasonal Produce- Broccoli, Cauliflower, Mushrooms, Sweet Potatoes, Grapefruit, Oranges, Papayas, Pears and Pomegranates.


Champagne- Champagne sales are high during the holiday season–great time to buy.

Computers- Retailers offer great deals on computers in time for Christmas.

Cookware- Since its such a practical gift, cookware is one of the most popular sale items for retailers during the holiday season.

Frozen Turkeys and Hams- After Christmas and Thanksgiving, you can get the greatest deals on frozen turkeys. Since the run for turkeys is over with the ending of the holiday season, retailers just want to get them off of their shelves. You can also find great prices on hams for Christmas.

Golf Clubs- December and March are the best times to buy golf clubs. Deep discounts on the previous year models are available because the new models are released.

Hardware- The holidays area terrific time to find discounts on hardware items.

NFL Tickets- By December, teams with losing records will have little chances to make the playoffs. With that in mind, many people don’t want to go watch a ‘pointless’ football game. Of course the teams that are going to the playoffs’ tickets will be more expensive but if you’re just looking for a nice date night out or just want to enjoy a game with your local team go in December.

Swimming Pools– Though you can find good deals through the summer on pools, the off season remains the best time to buy.

Small Appliances- The holiday season brings out the best sales on small appliances. They are great gifts and retailers try to sell as many of these as they can during this season.

Televisions- Expect great sales on televisions during the holiday season, as well as Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Seasonal Produce- Broccoli, Cauliflower, Mushrooms, Sweet Potatoes, Grapefruit, Oranges, Papayas, Pears and Pomegranates.


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Why You Should Be Shopping for Christmas Decorations Right Now

Every price-conscious shopping strategist is well aware of how quickly and dramatically seasonal items go on sale as soon as the peak-buying period around a holiday is over. It’s tradition for holiday decorations to go on clearance sale immediately after Christmas, and sometimes even days or weeks before December 25.

But now that we’re a week removed from Christmas, shoppers can expect prices on holiday merchandise to plunge even lower. What this means is that this weekend is an absolutely optimal time to buy, provided you’re the type who 1) doesn’t mind sifting through haphazardly picked-over merchandise for treasures; and 2) will actually remember and keep track of this stuff when the time comes to use it 10 or 11 months down the road.

Here’s one indication of how prices have fallen even during the week after Christmas. The deal-tracking experts at dealnews highlighted a few of the best post-Christmas Christmas decorations sales at the end of last week. At the time, a 3.5-foot-high LED Yoda dressed up as Santa and holding an oversized candy cane, for example, was selling for $14.99, half off the original price of $30. By now, however, that same Yoda is marked down to just $7.50, or 75% off the retail price.

Unfortunately, you can’t order Yoda online, not even if the force particularly strong with you is. Instead, you’ll have to call up your local Home Depot and see if it’s in stock, or just head down and browse.

Likewise, shoppers can generally expect to find the lowest prices on decorations in the physical locations of other stores, including Sears, Big Lots, Crate & Barrel, and more, rather than online. At this point, it’s problematic for retailers to sell some of their discounted Christmas items online because inventories are so low.

As for what’s left behind in individual stores right now, it’s something of a crapshoot. Major retailers are desperately trying to unload these items to make way for the next season’s merchandise—the stuff they have a prayer of selling at full price—so it’s hard to tell in advance what you’ll find in the clearance aisles of each store location.

Depending on the item and the retailer, it is sometimes possible to buy ahead online and pick up at your local store. That’s the most efficient strategy for shoppers. Those who simply venture into a store to browse can also be assured that whatever leftovers they find will be dirt cheap. Here are a few options:

Big Lots: The discount retailer’s Christmas Clearance sale knocks 50% off all seasonal items, including lights, ornaments, trees, wrapping paper, and Christmas pet gifts. (“Selection varies by store,” Big Lots warns.)

Crate & Barrel: A winter clearance sale knocks off up to 60% on seasonal merchandise, and there are even deeper discounts on items specifically geared for Christmas, including this Glitter Twig Garland now priced at $8.98 (originally $29.95); many items are available for online purchase but the retailer warns “quantities are limited.”

Home Depot: 75% or more off a wide range of ornaments and artificial wreaths and Christmas trees, and much of it can be purchased online and then picked up at a store.

Sears: Up to 70% off artificial trees, holiday collectibles, lights, and indoor and outdoor decorations—much is available for purchase online with free shipping, though there may be even lower prices at physical Sears locations.

Target: 50% or more off holiday costumes, ornaments, decorations, and such

Walmart: A huge mixed bag of Christmas clearance deals, such as a Santa tree topper for $6.97 (originally $16.98)

Yankee Candle: 50% or 75% off seasonal items, with the biggest discounts generally available for Christmas-y goods like Balsam & Cedar ornaments

Now is the best time to save on holiday decor for next Christmas

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The holidays have come and gone, but like Santa and all his elves would say, it’s never too early to start planning for next Christmas. If you know you’ll need some more decor for the 2020 holiday season, the best time to buy would be right this moment. Many retailers are having amazing Christmas clearance sales to unload their leftover inventory, so now is the perfect opportunity to save on stockings, lights, ornaments, wrapping paper, and more—the whole nine yards.

From popular department stores like Macy’s to online retail giants like Wayfair, here are the places you can score amazing discounts on everything you’ll need come next December.

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Crate and Barrel

From delightful potpourri to festive dish towels, Crate and Barrel carries all the decor you need for an elegant holiday season. Their Christmas clearance section includes discounts of up to 50% on their popular home and kitchenware, which isn’t usually this affordable.

Shop Crate and Barrel’s Christmas Clearance section

Home Depot

While Home Depot isn’t the most obvious choice to shop for holiday decor, you’d be surprised what you can find in their Christmas Decor sale section right now. If you’re in the market for a new artificial tree, lawn decor, or lighting, you’ll find all that and more, and can save up to 75%.

Save up to 75% holiday decor at Home Depot


Macy’s stocks a variety of products that will elevate your Christmas decor game next December, from gorgeous wreaths by National Tree Company to lovely table linens you’ll use year after year. Their sale pricing is currently up to 80% off, which might just be the best chance you’ll have to save by next Christmas.

Shop Macy’s Holiday Closeout sale and save up to 80%


Not only is Michael’s hosting an After-Christmas Tree Sale, which includes savings of up to 60% on artificial trees, but they’re also offering 40% off your entire purchase with code NEW40W, which means you can also save big on their holiday crafts, ribbons, gift packaging, and more.

Shop Michael’s Christmas section and get 40% off your purchase


Included in Target’s Great Winter Clearance Dash is a large selection of indoor and outdoor Christmas decor, tree decorations, and wrapping supplies, all of which are up to 50% off. If you’re in need of any holiday trinkets to outfit your tree or table scape with, you can certainly get them for cheap thanks to this sale.

Shop Target’s Great Winter Clearance Dash and get up to 50% off holiday items


Walmart’s end-of-year clearance section is chock-a-block full of awesome holiday finds, from dazzling ornament sets to outdoor net Christmas lights that’ll make lighting your shrubs a breeze.

Shop Walmart’s End-of-Year Christmas Decor Clearance Section


Wayfair is a one-stop shop for all things home, so it should come as no surprise that they’re running some can’t miss deals on holiday wreaths, Christmas stockings, artificial trees, tree skirts, and lighting deals.

Shop Wayfair’s Christmas sale

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