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It’s no secret that the best time to get vacation deals is after the holidays. Easter candy is always reduced – usually by 50% – the day after Easter. Ditto for Halloween candy on November 1, when the costumes are also marked. And after Christmas, depending on how long the merchandise is stored after December 25, you can find home decorations, wrapping paper, greeting cards and more at up to 90% off.
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But what if you want to add some new Christmas decorations this season – ornaments, plush Santas, an artificial tree and the like? Just because you shop before the holidays doesn’t mean there aren’t any deals. Here are some of the ways to get the best prices.
Buy early on black friday
Black Friday doesn’t wait until the day after Thanksgiving this year. Major retailers – Amazon, Walmart, Target, Kohl’s, and JCPenney included – have already started their first Black Friday discounts. While clothing, electronics, toys, and housewares dominate sales, there are many Christmas decor items currently on sale.
Bed Bath & Beyond, for example, recently had their Dunhill 7Â½-foot Christmas tree at 25% off. Macy’s line of Martha Stewart’s Storybook Holiday collection was also among the first Black Friday releases and included the Holiday Reindeer candle holder for $ 27.99, down from $ 70.
The first Black Friday sales meet consumer needs, according to a report from the National Retail Federation. He said 47% of holiday shoppers will be looking for sales and price cuts this season when they make non-gift purchases. Additionally, 49% said they plan to start shopping by November – the highest number ever in the annual vacation survey conducted by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics.
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Put coupons and rewards to work
One of the best ways to save money on holiday decorating is to redeem coupons and capitalize on the rewards. To do this, you will need to check websites and store flyers before shopping.
National department store chains have plenty of coupons and discount codes this time of year. JCPenney, for example, has a coupon tab on its website that allows shoppers to get a discount when making an online or in-store purchase. A recent coupon offered an additional 25% off Black Friday deals, including home items. Macy’s website offers discount codes that you simply enter at checkout on qualifying merchandise.
And at Kohl’s, watch for announcements for Kohl’s Cash offers. Buy your gifts at the store or online and get Kohl’s Cash, for example $ 10 off your next purchase when you spend $ 50 – or this time of year the store will occasionally offer $ 15 in Kohl’s Cash with a purchase of $ 50. You get the gifts you need and the bonus money to use on the selection of Christmas decorations in the store as a treat for your home.
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Don’t forget the drugstore chains either. CVS has its ExtraCare program and Walgreens has Walgreens Cash rewards. By purchasing specific items, you will get money back to spend on future purchases. If you’re still going to purchase detergent, diapers, and toilet paper, download the store apps to see which items are eligible for rewards. Spend your bonus dollars on selecting Christmas lights or ornaments in stock in stores.
This is the season to be happy – and to save money. Stores offer sales on Christmas items before the holidays. The amount you save depends on your ability to shop and use coupons creatively.
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