Sometimes I think stocking stuffers have gotten a bit out of hand. I know people who spend more on their kids stocking stuffers than I spend on my kids’ gifts!
It seems a bit excessive to be giving kids gift cards, DVDs, and books in their stockings. To me, those kinds of things are gifts, not stocking stuffers.
I like to keep the stocking stuffers simple and inexpensive. Candy and a few small items work just fine for my three boys. I’d rather save my money for other gifts or experiences during the holidays.
Here’s the main secret to saving on stocking stuffers: Shop all year round.
In January and February, I bought some nice mittens, hats, gloves and scarves on season clearance for 75 percent off.
I bought Hot Wheels cars at last year’s Easter clearance sales for a fraction of their regular price.
I bought extra school supplies during the back to school sales. My boys will get new crayons and markers in their stockings.
I stocked up on candy during the Halloween candy clearance. I was able to use some coupons to get a lot of candy for about 45 percent off the regular price.
I watch the dollar stores and the Dollar Spot at Target. The Dollar Spot clearances their items regularly, so I’m able to grab a few things they’ll like for just a few pennies.
A few other tricks that work:
Buying (or making) smaller stockings. Seriously, how big does a Christmas stocking have to be?
Put an orange or an apple in the toe of the stocking. It helps fill it up and offers a healthy snack amid all the candy.
Use coupons to get trial size items for free or nearly free. You can use your coupons to get some nice lotion or shampoo for your teenage daughter or deodorant or aftershave for your active teenage son.
Keep an eye out for freebies. A free sample of a nice coffee blend can make a welcome addition to a spouse’s stocking.
What are some ways you save on stocking stuffers?