For the third time this winter I succumbed to an after Christmas sale. The infliction was a small one. I spent $1.29 plus tax on three large rolls of holiday wrapping paper that were selling at 90% off retail price. I gave in to a similar sale in late December. I bought a tree skirt, Christmas stockings, gift tags, gift bags and a bunch of fake poinsettias. I also bought a couple of small gifts from JC Penney, which I’ll use as stocking stuffers for Christmas next year.
All told I spent roughly $30 in all three after Christmas sales. Given our current income and expenses $30 is truly a drop in the bucket. All of the items were good bargains, (each item was at least 75% off), but honestly I wonder why I am so enticed by these sales.
Clearly I am not alone. In JC Penney there were hoards of people rummaging through the discounted racks of holiday merchandise. In CVS I couldn’t even fit in the crowded Christmas isle. A bunch of women and children were blocking the isle with stackfuls of Christmas ornaments and discounted candy.
I myself bought wrapping paper today despite the fact that I already have a stash in storage. So as I was buying yet another item I truly don’t need I wondered how many other folks found themselves in similar situations this winter. Did you find yourself succumbing to after Christmas sales? If so, do you regret your purchases or do you still think they were good bargains?