Thursday, September 3, 2009
Keep your eyes open for summer clearance items. They're going fast. Just a few rules to make sure this is a frugal exercise and not an unnecessary splurge:
1. Be realistic-- Will you really use the item in the near future? Is it really something that will enhance your ministry to your family and community?
2. Still comparison shop--Stores are clearancing out right now so be aware that there's still competitive pricing. Unless it's the last of something, wait for at least 50% off.
3. Think outside the box--Things that you wouldn't expect to be on clearance will be there. Think holidays and birthdays.
4. Don't pass up a good deal--If it is the last item, pick it up. Don't plan on coming back later to get it.
Here are a few things that we have on our list to be watching for:
Swimsuits (we put these in the kids Easter baskets each year)
Seasonal crafting items
Yard tools and maintenance
Pool Toys and Towels
Some sporting equipment
Some camping equipment
Sandals and water shoes
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