As a money-saving blogger I enjoy most holidays after they’re over. That’s because I know that’s when I can hit the stores and get the best after holidays sales. Today, February 15 is one of those awesome after holiday days–the best time to find after Valentine Day sales on items marked down.
Some of the best stores for after Valentine’s Day (or any after holiday) sales include:
- Target (even Target.com online)
- Paper Mart
- Pier 1 (this link takes you to its 20% off on Valentine’s Day)
If you’re going to go shopping for these sales, here are some of the items I would recommend you stock up on:
- Red decor and decorations. Anything red–crepe paper, balloons, paper plates, napkins, etc.–is great to stock up on and keep on hand for future birthday parties or other celebrations you might have at your home. You could even get the red and white for red, white, and blue decorations you might need for Memorial Day or 4th of July parties later this year. Who says that February is the only time of the year when you can decorate your home with red decor? I’ve seen plenty of interior design pictures featuring heart-shaped pillows or blankets and throws with hearts on them. These are especially great to use in girls’ bedrooms, or in a kids’ playroom. Even home stores that were pushing red linens might have them on sale now. You may like red anyway. So why not use this opportunity to replace worn out sheets, blankets or tablecloths with new red ones that you can purchase on the cheap.
- Heart-shaped items. If you’d always wanted to invest in a heart-shaped cake pan or muffin tins, be on the look out for those items to be marked down in the coming days. Rather than wait till next February to finally buy them, do it now when they’re dirt cheap. Also, are you planning a wedding in the near future? Post Valentines Day sales are ideal for purchasing items that you could use as favors, centerpiece, decorations or anything else that you might want to use at a wedding or bridal shower. I mean, besides Valentine’s Day, a wedding is a love-filled day where no one would find it weird that in the middle of June you have heart-shaped candy dishes out, filled with pink and red candies (also purchased on sale after Valentines Day).
- Clothing with hearts on them. I’ve always loved fun socks so would have no problem snapping up heart socks to wear all year long, especially if they were cheap and on sale. Boxers with hearts on them could be fun for a future Halloween costume. Heck, if you work at Target and need red shirts, post-Valentine’s Day sales would be the perfect time to get your work attire marked down.
- Red wrapping paper. While Valentines Day isn’t quite up there in traditional gift-giving and gift wrapping as Christmas and Chanukah, it is possible that stores will have marketed red wrapping paper as a must-have for gift giving. If you happen to stumble upon solid red wrapping paper that’s marked down on clearance, snap it up–it will do nicely for Christmas or, frankly, any other gift-giving occasion for which you need wrapping paper.
- Red, white, and pink candy. You can use these candies in your office candy dish, or in future batches of cookies or brownies that you might make. If you’re have a bridal or baby shower in the near future, the pink and white confections will be great for favors. And cheap for you since you bought them on sale. Do you do a lot of baking? Do you like to entertain? Chances are that if you answered yes to each, you would be smart to stock up on candies that can help you with both, especially when they are on sale after Valentines Day. For example, chocolate candies in red coatings–who says they have to be for February only? Stock up on them and stash them in your freezer so, come Christmas, another holiday featuring red, you’ll have all the red goodies you need for holiday baking, and you will have purchased them at a discount. Similarly, you can put those candies out in party dishes in December.
So, what will you be stocking up on at the stores today?