Christmas Shopping in April

He thought I was crazy when I told him I had finished Christmas shopping for all the kids in the extended family. After all, who goes Christmas shopping in April? This wasn’t even something that I had intended to do, but couldn’t pass up on when I saw the crazy deals.

With Easter around the corner, there are plenty of sale items in every type of store. You can find some great clearance and sale items in virtually everyplace that you go. However, this past weekend was the weekend to find the best deals. If you keep your eyes open and think of those who you will be buying Christmas presents for, you might just get a jump start on your shopping and not have to venture out on Black Friday to get killer deals!

For those unfamiliar with Five Below, some items have great savings while others aren’t the best deals. However, we purchased a set of 32 “mighty beans” for $5.00 instead of dishing out the same cost for one small package of 4 or 5. I also snatched up I Spy Memory for $5 and was so relieved I had not purchased it for the $14.99 price tag I had seen at other retail stores. There were also $4 Glow-in-the–Dark Etch-a-Sketches and $5 Play-doh Board games versus the $15 and up price tags that are found in other stores. But do bear in mind not everything is a great deal. I also found out when I tried to return something I did find cheaper elsewhere that the store doesn’t give refunds, but exchange credit only.

The first stop was Target where I was able to pile up on Precious Moments books and coloring books. It’s a great religious present for a child and truly comes from the heart. Not to mention they were on the $1 aisle so a great value for the money. Next was Babies R Us where I found a pizza Moon Dough on clearance. What was normally $14.99 was on clearance for $5.99. The best part was there was also a Moon Dough sale for buy one, get second for 50% off. Needless to say I bought them out as there are many 2-4 year olds in my family.

The best deal, however, was at Kohl’s. Already lower than the competition, I also got to save an additional 20% off my entire purchase. I also picked up $10 Kohl’s cash for spending over $50. In this I found Little People travel kits clearanced at $5.99 (originally $19.99), SceneIt Simpsons as well as Twilight were also in the $6 price range making it easy to cross off the friends who are die-hard fans, and some of the clothes had phenomenal deals. What I really like about Kohl’s sale is that it was 20% off Melissa & Doug so I was able to save $4 off the cost in other retail stores before adding my additional 20% off.

Lastly was purchasing two Disney blurays for $35 at bestbuy.com. These were movies we had thought we were getting a great deal on by getting $10 off when purchasing Cars as well as the Incredibles and using the manufacturer’s coupon. However, when I saw even after all the coupons, I could save $10 from getting it at Best Buy (and get RewardZone points), this was definitely worth the savings. Not to mention both of these titles come with the free movie ticket offer for Cars 2.

Just remember to keep your eyes peeled. Comb through those clearance sections and you might be pleasantly surprised. Picking up phenomenal deals can be something you just happen to do while you peruse through a store for everyday purchases. It also beats having to shop for the entire family on Black Friday!