Think beyond the holidays this sales season. The next few weeks will be a great time to buy:
Winter apparel – Consider buying coats, hats or gloves for next winter.
Decorations – Get ready for 2014 early. The craft stores (Michaels, A.C. Moore and Hobby Lobby) will start offering deep discounts next week. Stock up on wrapping paper, ribbon, new holiday linens and decorations. Don’t forget to store properly.
Birthday presents – The week of Christmas and the week after will offer plenty of discounts on kid-friendly items. Stock up on gifts and be prepared for that last-minute birthday party invitation.
Wedding and graduations – Be on the look out for cheap small appliances such as toasters, toaster ovens and slow cookers.
In other holiday news
• Target has decided to honor prices from online competitors such as Amazon.com and the websites of Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Toys R Us, Babies R Us. When customers find a lower price online, they can print it out and take to their local Target store.
• If you’re looking for cheap but festive wrapping paper, use the comics from the Sunday paper or a holiday-themed magazine.
• Baking supplies are at their cheapest these days, with coupons available almost every Sunday. Take advantage and stock up. Remember, when properly packaged, flour can last six to eight months; brown and powdered sugars can last indefinitely (but best within 2 years); and granulated white sugar, indefinitely.
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