How to Shop Now for The Holidays and Save Money!

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The kids are almost of school and summer is approaching quickly! While everyone else is thinking about going to the pool, bbq’s, and fireworks, I am thinking about the holidays! I realize that the holidays are more than 6 months out, but when you have a family as large as mine, you gotta start early. I have been using my Christmas Box Method for about 4 years now and it takes a lot of pressure off when the actual holidays roll around. I don’t have to set up a tent and sleep outside of a store on Thanksgiving afternoon to get the Black Friday Deal. I can focus on decorating my home, cooking great food, and spending time with friends and family.

The Bath & Body Works/Victoria’s Secret semi-annual sale in June used to be my kickoff point for holiday shopping because the deals were so good, I had to stock up.  These days, I start my holiday shopping the day after Christmas, but 6 months is plenty of time to start a nice gift stockpile. I basically have a box or two that I set aside for the deals I find throughout the year that will make great gifts. These can be the core gifts for your family and friends or those random secret Santa/ white elephant gifts you hate looking for each year.  Here are 5 tips to save time and money by starting your holiday shopping now!

End of Season Sales- You can find boots, sweaters, jeans, jackets, and tons of great things that will be perfect for the holidays at anywhere from 40%-80% off if you look around March or April, just as the stores are putting out spring items. End of the season clearance sales are great for houseware gifts as well!

BOGO- I love a good Buy One Get One sale for my holiday box! If you are out and about shopping anyway and you see a good BOGO, toss the second item in your box to give as a gift!

Going Out of Business Sales- Find them and Load up! I know for a fact that several Kmart and Sears stores will be closing soon, so jump on it! Also, lots of stores relocate and expand all year round. You can score great gifts for more than half off.

Discount Retailers Clearance- Stores like Nordstrom Rack, TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Burlington Coat Factory and Stein Mart have amazing prices already, but their clearance section is awesome! I peruse the clearance section of these stores a few times a month to get the discount on top of the discount!

Gift Cards- Lots of grocery store chains have gas points for purchasing gift cards. Pick up a $5-$10 gift card each payday for stocking stuffers or to go in a cute mason jar DIY gift. And save a few bucks on your gas while you're at it!