Frugal Friday is a new series that (I hope) will publish every, you guessed it, Friday. I have learned a great deal about ways to save money during the past 4+ years and I would like to share that information with you. I’ve added new options in the menu bar as well and hope to start adding posts to those columns soon. I hope you enjoy these posts.
Today’s Frugal Friday tip is very simple.
Take advantage of after holiday sales!
Now is the time to be hitting the stores to find deals on wrapping paper, ribbon, bows, paper products and so much more. A few years ago, I learned that Cascade put out dishwasher detergent with Christmas scents. These would come in large tubs and would be clearanced at Target after the holidays. I would often find these in the typical detergent section, not in the Christmas clearance section without clearance stickers on them. I often got them at 90% off which means I would get a $12 tub for about $1.20. I bought many of them and to this day I am still using them (granted, I think that was probably more like hoarding and you shouldn’t buy that many). But a few now, if you can find them but save some deals for others to find. It’s good karma.
You can also buy paper plates, paper towels and napkins with holiday themes on them. Does it really matter if you are using Christmas paper towels in April? Who really notices the patterns anyways? You can also buy red or green plates & cups now at a great reduction. Use those for birthday parties and save yourself some money when party time comes around.
Buy your wrapping paper right now. A few rolls can be saved easily under the bed for next year and will save you tons of money next December. The same can be said for buying tissue paper which can always be used as wrapping paper.
Learn From My Mistakes
It was very easy for me to buy far too much when I found a great deal. Wrapping paper at 25cents a roll is a great deal but buying 25 rolls is ridiculous. Buy what you’ll need for the next year and repeat the process each year. Don’t over spend and then have to deal with finding places to store the items.
The same rules for extreme couponing fall into place here.
Extra tip: look for coupons for your paper products, soaps and detergents that may have holiday packaging. Coupons work on them even when they are discounted for holiday clearance.
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