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Be sure to take advantage of pre- and post-holiday sales -- you can save a bundle on Christmas cards, decorations, and more!

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Recession Mama Michele Ashamalla: Am I the only one old enough to remember going shopping with Mom the day after Christmas and buying half-price Christmas cards? Even five or six years ago, I would go to Jo-Ann's Fabrics after a holiday and stock up for the next year when everything was on sale. I noticed that stores were starting to display holidays earlier and earlier. That meant that often, in addition to the holiday right around the corner, there would be a big display for the next holiday.

Then, one year, the unthinkable happened. Halloween costumes went on sale BEFORE Halloween. The same with Christmas decorations! I was going to have to adjust my whole holiday shopping schedule. Now after the holiday, the percentage off might be greater, but often, there was little to nothing left. I noticed the same thing happening with clothes. In July, my 4-year-old was in desperate need of a couple of pairs of shorts. They were all on clearance on If I see that my kids are going to need winter stuff for the next year, I buy it in February, when it goes on sale. Make sure to look online, though, because stores are usually clearing space for the next season's stuff.

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Laura November 19, 2009, 5:44 AM

I have found that if I search around online, I have found quite a few deals now that we are in ‘recession’ mode. Good ol’ craiglist and ebay have become even better since it seems everyone is desperate for some cash. I have found quite a few baby websites that sell discounted name brand items. My fave so far is: They are offering 10% off for the month of November- code to use is: savesomemore

Oh and now I search for coupons online constantly for any items I use regularly.

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