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After Christmas Sales: Are You Going Out to Find a Deal?


I hope you all had an excellent Christmas. My wife and I sure did. We hosted the party for her side of the family this year and it was a blast! My wife made the ham, stuffing, corn, potatoes, a vegetable stir fry, desserts, punch, the whole works! On top of that, her sister also helped out with some main dishes and treats of her own. We definitely had a full meal with great company.

The Day After Christmas: The Bad

This morning I dragged myself out of bed and strolled downstairs to begin this very article, and I discovered that there is a LOT of cleaning up to do. The carnage of opened presents, the dirty dishes, and the gifts that were given to Dar and I: cleaning up this mess will occupy much of our morning I’m sure.

What’s your house looking like today? Perhaps you had a party elsewhere, so your house is still spotless, but for others of you, I think you feel my pain. That Christmas tornado landed in your neighborhood as well, and this morning, you are assessing the damages. No worries, it will be over soon.

The Day After Christmas: The Good

Sometimes better than Black Friday, the day after Christmas often yields some of the biggest sales of the year.

The pricing on Christmas items get slashed for sure: Christmas trees, wreaths, ornaments, lighting, wrapping paper, bows, ribbon, and the list goes on. If you know that you’ll need these things next year, then today is the day to head out and make a purchase while they’re marked at 75% off or more. Don’t miss out!

Also, many retail stores are beginning to think about making space for their spring products, and since we’ve had an unusually warm winter, many of the coats, hats, gloves, and scarves, are still hanging on the rack!

This might be my main mission today. I am in desperate need of a winter coat. Since my wife and I moved from Florida in late February, I was able to get by without one earlier this year, but now my dress coat and spring jacket just aren’t going to cut it. And, since many of the stores are trying desperately to get rid of their coats, I think it might be prime time to snatch one up today for a deeply discounted price!

Are you thinking the same way as me today? Are you looking for a deal?




My name is Derek, and I have my Bachelors Degree in Finance from Grand Valley State University. After graduation, I was not able to find a job that fully utilized my degree, but I still had a passion for Finance! So, I decided to focus my passion in the stock market. I studied Cash Flows, Balance Sheets, and Income Statements, put some money into the market and saw a good return on my investment. As satisfying as this was, I still felt that something was missing. I have a passion for Finance, but I also have a passion for people. If you have a willingness to learn, I will continue to teach.


  1. I’ve heard of a couple of friends that plan to do some after Christmas shopping… Hope you find that winter coat 🙂

    • Found it! A nice warm Columbia coat for $75, marked down from $150. Fits me perfectly! 🙂

  2. Yea myself and me wife held off this year to get great deals in the sales. U bet I’m looking for a deal..

    As they say

    ” A Fool and his money are easily parted”

    • Nice! I just said to my wife, “Why can’t we wait to have the Christmas parties until after Christmas? Everything would be so much cheaper.”

  3. Sounds like a wonderful Christmas you had, we had a large dinner here and took a plate to our 77 year old neighbor who spends her holidays alone.

    Hope you find that winter coat, I don’t have anything I really need so my shopping will wait for summer garage sales! 🙂

    • That’s so nice of you to include your neighbor during the holidays.

      I did find that coat that I was looking for! 50% off! 🙂

  4. Philosophy is having a great sale. Their items are pretty expensive but they are now on sale and you will save at least $4, though I see some items for about $8 off. I am shopping online because we actually woke to snow today ( a day late and a dollar short, but I’ll take it).

    • Thanks for the tip Crystal! We woke to snow this morning as well. A little soggy, but it was white! 🙂

  5. A few years back I purchased massive amounts of Christmas outdoor lights after the holidays, at knock-down prices. I’m still working my way through them, as a few more fail year after year. But generally no, I’m staying out of retail stores.

    • Haha! Sounds like a good idea! We’ll have to start stocking up on stuff because we’re new homeowners and don’t own anything yet! 😉

  6. No deals for me, but I did go out and survive one return line. It wasn’t all that bad. Things were more crowded on December 23rd.

    • Ha! I’m glad you survived the return line!

  7. Yes! I finished the last of my Christmas wrapping paper, so I was out first thing. I picked up 14 rolls of wrap (Hallmark quality), ribbon, tags and bows for $40.00. More than 50% off, and I’m now set for the next 2 years! :)!

    • That’s awesome! Good deals, good deals.

  8. Sure sounds like your Christmas Dinner was a success. I’m sorry that we missed out on the fun. Now—I sure hope you get that winter coat and dress jacket your looking for. Don’t forget that scarf, gloves and ice scrap—you just might need them too.

    • It sure was! Dar made a great feast and we all had fun in the living room opening gifts as well! We missed you. Maybe next year.

  9. we went out to hunt down sales! We got some gift cards to Kohls from my mom since she knew he needed some new dress pants for work. With a $50 gift card and clearance sales, we got a $60 pair of dress pants, a button up shirt, tshirt, a sweater, and a new pair of cargo pants for my dad for only $5.14! We all left smiling 🙂 I did see some nice winter coats at Kohls & JCPenny for great prices if you haven’t checked them out!

    • Cargo pants for $5.14?!?!? Nice deal!

  10. Although you have to clean a lot of mess after the party but the happiness or enjoyment that you feel after the party with your family is more than a mess that you all need to clean 😀

    • Oh I suppose you’re right. It was a very fun party and I’m glad that everyone had such a good time. 🙂

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