NEW YORK (MainStreet) — If you haven’t purchased your Christmas decorations yet, there are a few tricks you can use to ensure you don’t spend so much money on ornaments that you have nothing left to buy presents to put under the tree.
MainStreet asked Michelle Madhok, a shopping expert and founder of SheFinds.com, for her tips on how to find the decorations you need this holiday season for less.
Shop At Off-Price Retailers
The best places to find big discounts on decorations are off-price stores like T.J. Maxx and Marshalls, which sell overstock items from other department stores for roughly 70% off.
“These stores get 10,000 new items every week from department stores who worry their decorations aren’t moving and decide to send them to these stores instead,” Madhok says. “They are the same items, but for much less.”
She also recommends shopping at Overstock.com, which is essentially the Internet version of these stores, as well as other e-commerce sites like Rue La La and One Kings Lane, which often have holiday promotions. Browsing products offered by independent sellers on sites like Etsy can also be a great option since they may be more willing to negotiate a better price with you just to make a sale before the holidays are over. The only downside to shopping on these websites is that the longer you wait, the less likely the decorations will be delivered in time to your home.
Follow Your Favorite Retailers
Many retailers and e-commerce sites will likely offer some promotions between now and Christmas, but these bargains may only be available for a short time and in a limited supply. That’s why Madhok recommends signing up now for newsletters from your favorite stores and following them on Facebook and Twitter for instant updates about sales. Alternatively, you can sign up for shopping alerts on sites like PricegGrabber to get notified when the price of a particular decoration drops. This way, if a good promotion takes place, you’ll be among the first to know.