It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Saving Money

Holiday gift shopping is likely the farthest thing from your mind as you soak up the sun’s rays this summer, but if you have children in your life than now’s exactly the right time to start thinking about it.

Even as you read this article, stockrooms in the back of retailers everywhere are bursting at the seams with the “latest and greatest” toys and electronic gizmos just waiting to hit store shelves in anticipation of the holiday gift giving season. Problem is, though, that unless current shelf inventory is cleared to make way for the new stuff, there’s simply nowhere to put it all. This little dilemma for retailers poses quite the savings opportunity for savvy consumers on the lookout for a great deal who are willing to purchase well in advance.

Toy store

Believe it or not, the end of summer is an ideal time to pick up toys for all the tykes in your life. As more and more shipments of new toys arrive, retailers are forced to create more ready shelf space by significantly marking down great toys. As summer comes to a close and a new school year begins, clearance and discount bins begin to fill again and again. Case in point, last year I was able to purchase a well-known and beloved red, furry robotic toy for my youngest son for a steal on clearance at only $13.98. Just weeks later, the exact same toy reappeared on store shelves in a different box for over $60. If the siren song of significant savings is enough to get your gift-giving juices flowing, start clearing space under your bed and in the back of your closets now to stash your mother load of great gifts at even better prices.

Behold, an even better side effect – more time and relaxation later on! Your pocketbook won’t be the only thing thanking you come December, either. While everyone else is battling packed parking lots and mobs of maddening shoppers, you’ll be relaxing in the knowledge that the majority of your shopping is already done. Additionally, there’ll be no need to sacrifice sleep to rush out for Black Friday sales either because you’ve already secured significant savings on all your purchases. Yep, while admittedly the need for holiday shopping is long way off. The allure of spreading it out both for your energy’s sake as well as your finances can make it well worth the effort.

Capitalize on “Back-to-School” sales for great gift ideas, too. Got a pint-sized Picasso in the family? Stock up on a plethora of art supplies and paper now for pennies on the dollar. Got a teenage techie at home? Take advantage of sales now on small electronics and computer accessories for holiday gifts later. Do you like to add a few clothing items or PJs into the gift-giving mix? Back-to-school sales usually feature great deals on these items, too. Grab them now at great savings to wrap up some of your holiday shopping well in advance and well within budget.

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This post was written by Shannon M. Medisky. Shannon is an educator turned parent turned writer and focuses on sharing new and innovative ways to not just survive, but thrive on empty. Visit ThrivingOnEmpty.com to learn more. Her newest book The Complete Idiot's Guide to Stretching Your Dollar is available in bookstores now.

3 Responses to “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Saving Money”

  1. GBR Briana |  Aug 30, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    I think the fall is the best time to buy things for Christmas. There’s back to school sales, and just random sale days where you can beat the rush, or you can order things online and have shipping take its time.

  2. Tracy |  Aug 31, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    The fall is the perfect time to buy things for Christmas. A lot of states now are doing tax free weekends for things like back to school shopping. I personally think its a great time to do some pre-Christmas shopping buying things because a lot times the stores will also be having a sell

  3. Moneymonk |  Sep 01, 2010 at 10:33 am

    I never was big on Christmas, a gift or two is enough for my 4 year old. I’m more of an investor than consumer, I rather spend money on experiences than material things