Seasonal Shopping

Here’s a helpful article on seasonal shopping that I read in the Dollar Stretcher newsletter I receive via e-mail.  I save lots of money each year buying our necessities off season ~ especially clothing.  Oh, and chocolate.  Read below to see what I mean!

Do you have any seasonal shopping tips to add?

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A Blackbelt in Smart Seasonal Shopping

by Alayna Frankenberry
How to save by shopping seasonally

Your neighbor who bought a snow blower in April isn’t crazy.
Neither is your friend who buys all her bikinis in September,
or your aunt who purchases a metric ton of chocolate every
year right after Christmas. This behavior might bewilder the
rest of us, but as it turns out, there is a method to the
madness. It’s all about scheduling your shopping trips so you
pay the least and get the most. If you can figure out the best
time to buy these popular products and others like them,
you’ll see mad savings, and that’s just what this guide’s
about.

1. Food – Stocking up on food is tricky. After all, you can’t
exactly buy 20 pounds of lunchmeat in June with the intent to
eat it in August. The best times to buy will vary from food to
food. Bottled water is cheapest in August after the weather
begins to cool. Baking supplies like spices, flour and sugar
go on sale in November and December. The best time to buy
chocolate (aside from every day, obviously) is right after
holidays like Halloween, Easter, and Valentine’s Day. Big on
microwaved dinners? March is national frozen food month, and those foods are
likely to be on sale at that time.

2. Clothes – Thursday is the best day of the week for clothes
shopping. It’s when retailers gear up for weekend sales and
try to get rid of older items to make room for new shipments.
If you’re shopping for a specific item, do it just as the
appropriate season for that garment is ending. For example,
look for cheap bathing suits in August and good deals on wool
coats in February. When you notice stores like Target and Old
Navy switching displays and getting ready for next season’s
styles, it’s time to pounce on marked-down pieces and stock up
for next year.

3. Electronics – After the holiday rush, electronics giants
like Best Buy have leftover inventory that they’re eager to
sell. Since most shoppers will have blown through their
electronics budgets earlier in the month, retailers know they
have to reduce prices if they want to keep moving TVs, cameras
and gaming systems. Don’t forget that you can sometimes save
on merchandise that has been opened and returned. To boost
your savings even more, keep an eye out for new devices or
models, because when companies update products they
slash prices on previous versions. If you don’t mind having a
slightly older phone or laptop, you’ll be able to save big.

4. Toys – There’s good news! You don’t have to risk life and
limb battling the Black Friday masses to get the best deals on must-have holiday
toys. For the lowest prices, buy as close to Christmas as you
can. Prices drop dramatically during the third week of
December, so this is one area in life where it really pays to
procrastinate. As with electronics, discounts are even bigger
after the holiday, so if you have a really, really good hiding
place, consider buying next season’s toys in January.

5. Wedding Supplies – Shop between Thanksgiving and Christmas
and you could score your dream dress for a fraction of the
regular price. When it comes to other event supplies, from
table settings to custom wine labels, skip the bridal megastores and
shop online at sites like Bottle Your Brand instead. When you
put promo codes from sites like SoNotRetail and iBotDis to use this winter,
you’ll double your savings. Keep in mind, though, that if you
live in a hot Southern climate, your best in-store savings
happen during the hottest months. That’s because most brides
schedule their ceremonies for cooler weather.

Create your own smart shopping schedule to make the most out
of your budget – but don’t let yourself get carried away. Two
winter coats for the price of one is great, but getting 100
winter coats for the price of 50 might be taking things a
little too far. Unless of course you’re into conspiracies and
you suspect that “bath salt attacks” is just government spin
for “civilization-ending zombie invasion.” In that case, you
can never have too many cans of peaches in your underground
bunker.

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Bless Your Husband Series

My husband doesn’t care for shopping.  To be honest, I don’t love it either.  I’d love to have little wagons come down the street with wares and produce and meats and dairy products.

BROOMS, BRUSHES, BASKETS and MORE -- If there's something you need, He'll be at your door!

We live in an age where we *can* have merchandise, including groceries, delivered directly to our doors.  This week I took advantage of a Lands End 25% off sale, which included free shipping, and purchased some much-needed pants for my Excellent Husband.   For us, Lands End works out very well because the shipping is almost always free and if something doesn’t fit I can return it to Sears which is just down the street.

Here’s the Lands End coupon code I used for 25% with free shipping:  SAVE25 with the PIN # 1373.

Now in addition, I earn 2% cash back on every purchase at Lands End by using Cashbaq. You can register for a free account here.  They credit my PayPal account with $25  whenever I earn enough just because I registered with them and clicked their links to get to the sites from which I already shop.  How cool is that?

IZOD Mens Diamond, Heather & Flat Knit Dress Sock 3-Pack

Speaking of Cashbaq, they also have a deal with Kohl’s for free shipping and 3% cash back – credited to your Cashbaq account.

So there are lots of opportunities to buy socks, underwear, pants, and shirts for your husband without even leaving home!  The shipping is free, and if you live in an area with Sears and Kohl’s, returns are just as simple.

Bless him by providing your husband with the necessities without him having to step one foot in a dressing room!

She is not afraid of snow for her household, For all her household is clothed with scarlet.  Prov. 31:21