I had to pick up a package of bandaids at the dollar store. The dollar store has a pretty decent bandaid for just, you guessed it, $1. While there, I noticed a small stack of Valentine’s cards for 90% off. Now, I know this won’t apply to everyone. For those with small kids, grandkids, neices, nephews, etc. that will have a Valentine’s party at school every year for awhile, this may be something for you to think about.
If I know that I will have to buy something yearly, I choose to get it after the holiday, the year prior, when it is dirt cheap.
There are a few things to consider before doing this. It can have a few downsides.
Droplet #1. Will your child still be interested is this particular cartoon or character a year from now? I picked a Disney theme and Shopkins because my kids have consistently been into them for a few years now. Also, I picked up the pack of dog Valentine’s because most everybody will always love dogs, right?
Droplet#2. I stay away from any package that has candy, or other perishable, that may decline in value after being stored for awhile. I have had good luck with stickers, one of these packs includes stickers, so they should still be ok a year from now. I love the packs of Valentine cards that include a pencil as a gift. I waited until they were dirt cheap so the choice was slim…another downside sometimes.
Droplet#3 When I pick up deeply discounted items, storing them appropriately is a must. I have a special place in a closet that I use for this very thing. It must be:
A. Hidden from nosy kids(and husband sometimes) for a long period of time.
B. Out of my way and not causing too much clutter.
C. In a designated place, so I won’t forget I got it in the first place.
There isn’t much worse than knowing I purchased something to save myself money and time, only to figure out that I hid it from myself😩. This is reminiscent of when I have forgot to label a freezer item but that is a topic for another day.
It is important to mention that buying too many extra holiday items on clearance can become cluttery(is that even a word?) and overwhelming. I purchase only the amount I need for the following year…not years. Lots of excess storage for long periods of time can become emotionally binding and who wants to feel bound? My husband lovingly laughs at me because when a room in my home becomes too littered with stuff I refer to it as “heavy”. I say this word because that is the way it actually makes me feel…weighed down!
Sometimes not having extra storage space is the reason many choose not to plan ahead in this way. It could easily become overwhelming clutter in that case. Also, this is not a large amount of money that is being saved. For me, this example is what being frugal is all about is ….the little things. The little changes we make add up over time. For me, this minimizes stress because I have one less thing to think about for the next year. It almost feels like…dare I say it?…a little money in the bank.