Monday, November 02, 2009

Money Saving Monday #31 - Clearance!

For Halloween, we gave out Halloween themed pencils and dum-dum lollipops.  The pencils I purchased after last Halloween for $1.50 for 90 pencils. I put them away on the shelf where I keep these things, and pulled them out for Halloween.  My kids were mortified that I was giving away pencils, so I also bought a big bag of dum-dum suckers.

I took our Christmas card photo this weekend.  My boys each wore an adorable holiday tie that I picked up last year after New Year's.  The ties which sold for $15 during the season cost me $2.40!

Clearance sales are a great way to plan ahead for future holidays. If you're like me, and sometimes buy things for the future and then completely forget about them, I'll share my trick.  I put a note in my calendar!  I use Google calendar to plan our lives, so I scheduled an event for October 1 about Halloween pencils.  Google will email you about your events if you set it up, so on October 1 I received an email reminding me that I had a stash of Halloween pencils in the house!

I headed out yesterday morning to see what I could find for Halloween clearance this year, and the shelves were pretty bare already.  I think retailers purchased less inventory this year, so there is less to clearance.  If you want to catch some deals, I suggest heading out today and seeing what you can find! 

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