Trust me — it is worth planning ahead a little bit so you are ready for tomorrow! One of my favorite things is shopping AFTER the holiday!
It’s good to do a quick inventory NOW on plastic eggs, egg covered fare like gift bags, wrapping paper, tissue, and non-perishable things for the Easter Baskets NEXT year. Think pencils, coloring books, small toys, goofy shaped bubbles, etc.
Buying them NOW, at 50-90% off is a great plan! Last year I got:
It’s also a great time to hunt for “stocking stuffers”: things like lip gloss, activity books, single trains/cars and hair ponies won’t go bad just sitting in a box on the shelf and they make me feel like I am organized for next year. You can “fill” with stockpile items like candy bars, small hand lotions, etc next year. These all make for great last minute birthday party gift bags too!
Now, dig through your coupons for the food items! Just like Halloween and Christmas they clearance out the “normal” items that have holiday graphics. Last year I got:
A few packs of the Bunny shaped marshmallows. Who can tell what shape they are/were when you melt them down for Krispie Treats!? At $.39 a bag, not a bad price!
Smarties. They are perfect for summer events like our Tupperware Team Picnic and Pool Party. They didn’t scream “Easter” but had their normal packaging.
It really makes a difference when you look “out of the box” at the clearance and have a little plan ready. It keeps you from tossing into your cart a lot of impulse buys…which are bad for your budget. I am NOT doing it this year as I have plenty left over from last year. (You can see my haul HERE)