Just when you think Christmas is over it is time to do some very frugal shopping. Think about upcoming birthdays or, perhaps, something that will make your life easier, but the price put it out of your range. Quite a few things are on sale immediately after Christmas.
I stopped by my local Ace Hardware to check out the Christmas decorations and cleaning items that they have on sale. I've had my eye on a Shark steam mop and today I found one marked down to a nice low price; cheaper than I've seen them anywhere. The only reason I could see for the markdown is that the boxes where a bit damaged; it works great.
Next dear daughter and I checked out their Christmas decorations. Most of the stores around here have cleaned out all of their Christmas inventory and have Spring items on display. Ace was one of the few stores with a decent stock of Christmas decorations left. We found LED lights on sale, half price, which is very good for these types of lights. I picked up two boxes each of straight runs of lights and ice cycle lights.
Then we went to the Hallmark store next door to pick up next years Christmas cards. I always buy my cards a year in advance. They were 40% off and some stores may have an even bigger discount. It's just that I like my little locally owned Hallmark store and I want to support them. I am thinking that I should have gotten an advent calendar while I was there.
Tomorrow is my birthday, but I am still planning on going by a couple of grocery stores, just to see what's on sale. This can be a good time for discounted baking goods, canned pumpkin, cranberries and other "holiday" foods.
So, when dear husband asks me what I did today I can say, "I went Christmas shopping", (for 2011).