Digital News Report – Clearance sales are buzzing the day after Christmas this year. This is a good time to be out and shopping, that is if you can withstand the crowds and the lines. Retailers are calling this shopping day, “Mega Monday.” The shopping stores are busy with people looking for the deals. The prices this holiday season were heavily discounted, and now with clearance sales, it gives shoppers another chance to find some more bargains.
Target opened their doors at 7 am on Monday to a busy shopping day and a day of returns. Target is advertising thousands of clearance items throughout their store. They are not alone on the clearance sales. There is clearances on toys, holiday items, and clothing.
Walmart is discounting an assortment of Christmas Candy, Toys, and holiday decorations for 50 percent off regular price. Walmart is also clearancing a variety of tops and bottoms with prices ranging $3 – $9.
Kmart is also offering 50 percent off on certain toys, holiday decorations, and storage items. Kmart is also clearancing cashmere, winter coats and jackets, thermals and more cold weather clothing up to 60 percent off. Other clothing clearances at Kmart are an extra 40 percent off on their online clearance section.
Macy’s is also having many clearance and closeouts advertised during their sale going on through December 29, with the biggest savings opportunity is on Monday and Tuesday during their morning shopping hours with an extra savings coupon.
Sears is advertising their clearance items on their sears.com homepage. There is savings of up to 75 percent off on bed, bath, and houseware items. While the in store shopping doorbusters at Sears retail stores were 7 am – 1 pm Local Time, the online doorbusters are going on 5 am – 3 pm Central Time.
Clearance items are often a good opportunity to save money. Shopping online for clearance items can be a little tricky, because they might not have your size available for the item that you like. It will take a while to find the best deals. The benefit of shopping the online clearance section is that you can see a wider variety of clothing on clearance. At the stores, you might not have as wide of a variety, or they are difficult to sort through the clearance rack.
When looking at clearance clothing online, read the reviews. They can often give clues on the sizing of the garment. It might fit small or large. You may try a size larger than normal, for instance, if the top is running small. Customer reviews can also give you insight as to the quality of the fabric or even how much it shrank during washing. If the item tends to shrink, pick a size up. Clues that a fabric is doomed to shrink is if it is made of 100 percent cotton. A 50/50 blend of cotton and polyester however, tends to hold its size better after washing. If you can shop at the store, you can try on the item, which will help to determine if the clothing will fit.
Toys in the clearance section can be a little tricky too. Sure, the toy may be marked down to a low price, but is the toy something that your kid will play with? However, there are some great buys to find on the toy clearances. Some otherwise expensive board game may make its way on clearance. You can find some hefty discounts. If you do not want to give more gifts to the little ones, you could buy the toys and save them for birthday presents, or even Valentine’s Day, or Easter. Just remember that you bought the items so you do remember to give them out on the special day.
Buying Christmas wrapping papers, holiday decorations, and Christmas cards now, will help you save money next holiday. If you still have a sweet tooth, buying closeout holiday themed candy and treats can be a money saver.
In February, there will be another round of winter clothes clearance sales. So if you don’t find everything at the prices you want, you can always wait for these sales, where savings can add up to be more.
By: Victoria Brown