OK, so I’m going to brag a little here.
I put up new outside Christmas lights this year and I only paid half price for all four strands of them. How? I bought them all right after last Christmas.
Some of the lights I put up in 2012 were six or seven years old. Sometimes they blinked when they were supposed to and sometimes they didn’t even go on when I pushed the switch. So I knew that new ones were in my future.
A few days after Christmas, I picked up two boxes of red lights that were half off as was the green garland I hung with them this year. I don’t remember the prices I paid, only that they were 50 percent off.
I do remember that the fancy white icicle lights had been $27.99 per box. I got two boxes for that price.
So if you think this will be the last holiday for your lights, don’t wait until next winter to look for new ones. Start with this year’s post-Christmas sales.
Just two final tips — If you buy lights on sale this year, take them home and make sure they work. You’ll likely have trouble returning broken lights if you wait until next December. And don’t forget where you put the lights between now and then.