Early Birthday Shopping


So…with Christmas over, stores everywhere are breaking out their “Sale” signs. Which means lots of cheap stuff.

Sure, you can probably find a lot of great stuff for yourself, but I find that this is the best time of year to start buying birthday gifts. Not only is it nice to get it out of the way early (And it’ll be great in case I forget closer to the day of, which tends to happen), there’s so much you could get for so little!

I even get a little bit of extra early Christmas shopping done during this time. Anything that I think will make a nice Christmas gift, plus wrapping and all that kind of stuff, I consider purchasing. Seriously…this is the perfect time to buy wrapping stuff for next year, since a lot of stuff is ~70-75% off at this time. A bag of 50 bows and spools of ribbon for $0.50 each, wrapping paper for $1.50 and cute little gift bags for $0.25 each…it’ll save you a lot of money for the coming Christmas.

I like to make a list of all the birthdays in the coming year and then another detailing what I’ve bought and for what occasion it’s for (Birthday, Christmas, etc.). I generally get notebooks during Christmas, so they’re great to use for this purpose. I also get a lot of gift bags, which go towards organizing all the gifts and such that I’ve bought (Until they can be re-used, that is).

I can never finish all of the Christmas shopping at this time (Since a lot of stuff is sold out and there might be things I want to gift people closer to the date), since it probably isn’t a great idea to buy food and skincare items a year in advance. Getting a nice chunk of it done slowly throughout the year pays off once the holiday shopping season comes around again, though.


Christmas Candy…


So, I probably get enough candy during Christmas, but I can’t be the only one who goes out hunting for the on sale Christmas candy after Christmas is over.

You can get pretty good deals…and I can’t help myself and always buy at least a few types, even though I have a lot already.

But one thing that I think is really good is all the Christmas packaging and wrapping stuff that’s on sale after Christmas. I always get it during the end of December or in January because everything’s so cheap…and it means spending less money next Christmas, since I won’t have to buy any of that stuff.

Whenever I got to buy one, I always seem to end up buying the other, too…so, no matter what, I always come home with both wrapping paper and chocolate…

Boxing Week Sales…


So…Christmas is over and now there’s a new kind of crowd in the malls…the ones on the hunt for the best deals.

I seem to know a lot of people who are at one extreme or the other in terms of how they feel about boxing day sales.

Some think it’s just a gimmicky thing where stores hike up all of their prices and then put them ‘on sale’.

Others think that it truly is the best time to find amazing deals.

I’m sort of in the middle…while there are some sales that really aren’t as good as they seem, there are a lot of really good deals out there. Although I guess that applies year-round.

I’ve seen some things that are twice the price as they are at other stores, despite being marked down by double what the other store had on their sign. I also got tops for under $10.00.

I guess it all depends where you go…hopefully, you won’t get tricked by any of the gimmicky sort of ‘sales’.