I shopped Dec. 26 for the first time in years. Crowds were minimal — which is not what retailers wanted to see. More on that later. Here are some deals that I found:
If you want a Christmas tree, ornament, card or anything that screams Christmas for your home, you can find it at up to 75 percent off. I got an ornament for a quarter. A 4-foot tree was $16 at Kohl’s. This won’t last long.
Jewelry sales were fabulous almost everywhere. I got expensive earrings for $8.
I did not get a screaming deal on the snowshoes I bought, but I should have bought them last year.
I was disappointed in a couple retailers. One store offered a BOGO at half price on shoes and boots. I was in there before Christmas, and a pair of booties was $49. Yesterday, that same pair of booties was back to its regular price of $69 — an increase of $20, but they’re offering me another pair at half off. Frankly, I’m insulted. That’s not a deal. Now, they’ve lost my trust, and I’ll get boots and booties somewhere else.
Meanwhile, if I order boots online, I can get free shipping. Need a coupon? Just Google the store on your phone, computer or tablet, and voila — you can get codes — lots of codes that you can use online. You can also present your phone’s linked coupons and codes — via text or e-mail — to cashiers who will scan them in for you.
Coupons are in the newspaper today, but if you forget your hard copies, here’s a link to Macy’s coupons. And here’s a link to Peeble’s coupons. And a link to Kohl’s coupons is right here. And here’s the link to JCPenney.
Other than the sales on stuff that’s been around for awhile, I found some really cool styles for spring. Florals, stripes and chiffons are everywhere, and I like it.
Now what are the economists saying about our shopping habits? Yesterday, Forbes released a retail report that says e-commerce was a big salvation for all the major chains — the stuff that drove UPS and FedEx nuts. Read the report here.
I don’t think retail analysts are giving enough credit to a savvy public — we want bargains. And if we can get them by going into the store or shopping online, we are going to get them. I have gift cards, and I am shopping sales. To check out more deals, visit Dana Massing’s blog Cheap in Erie. She has some links to great savings.
Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is mom to three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one.