In seeking to follow my own advice about preparation this week, I’ve begun stepping up my Christmas shopping. Since I normally purchase the Sunday paper for the grocery coupons, I also get the craft stores’ weekly sales flyers (Michaels and A.C. Moore in our area) with their coupons for 40% or 50% off of a non-sale item.
Since my daughters enjoy all types of crafts, I’ve been stopping in once a week to purchase items I will use for Christmas gifts at a great deal. After paying at the register, I often receive another coupon along with my receipt.
Taking advantage of these coupons is also a great way to save money when purchasing gifts for classmates’ birthdays. Giving craft kits to children who seemingly have everything works well, too, as these are gifts which can still be used even if they already own one!
I realize that it’s not convenient for everyone to visit these stores regularly. It just so happens that there is a Michaels and an A.C. Moore within a couple of miles of my daughters’ school, which makes it convenient for me to make a quick stop before picking them up.
So how are you doing on your Christmas shopping? Do you typically save by buying ahead or by waiting to grab last-minute deals?
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