Easter is almost here and that means it’s time to start thinking about the post-holiday clearance sales. Easter is one of my favorite holidays when it comes to clearance shopping. Why? Because there’s not a lot of “branded” items out there that can’t do double-duty as a springtime goodie. If you love a good deal, read on for 5 Easter clearance bargains you can’t pass up.
1.) Chocolate. This is probably a no-brainer, but clearance holiday candy of any variety is a good thing. Head to your local supermarket, Walmart or Target to get some clearance candy for a fraction of the price. M&Ms, Reeses and other favorites are made pastel for the holiday. I don’t know about you, but I don’t really care what color my chocolate is before I eat it. If you’re hitting up the holiday sales, go for name brand candy and stay away from the oddball Easter bunnies. For some reason, off-brand chocolate doesn’t taste as good to me.
2.) Outdoor toys. At Easter, stores put water guns, sidewalk chalk, bubbles and other outdoor goodies on sale. Stock up after Easter and make sure to get plenty to keep the summer fun going strong. With any luck, you’ll never have to buy another stick of sidewalk chalk at full price.
3.) Plastic dishes. I don’t know why, but for some reason almost every store has a spring themed plastic dish selection around Easter time. If you can find a pattern without a bunny or a chick on it, you’ll have yourself some break-proof and affordable dishes for summer barbecues and outdoor entertaining. Keep an eye out for unusual pieces, like egg trays, silverware holders and more.
4.) Toys. Stores get extra supplies of small toys during Easter because they’re a common addition to Easter baskets. After the holiday, they frequently clearance out the toys for pennies on the dollar. Stock up now and keep them in a closet until Christmas, when you can use them as stocking stuffers.
5.) Food. My local grocery stores almost always put their Easter foods on special after the holidays. If you wait until the day after Easter, you can score a leftover ham at a rock bottom price. Pick up any bargain foods you can find that can be frozen and save them for later. I try and pick up an extra ham at Easter to freeze until Christmas. Depending on where you live, you may not want to wait. Grab an extra ham or other Easter bargain to keep on hand for later.