The following reader tip was submitted from Krystal of Rebel With A Good Cause:
Sometimes the clearance aisle is a forgotten treasure trove — I always keep a small amount of the budget to use in this aisle!
It does take a bit more planning to shop clearance items, for instance, I think about stocking stuffers all year long and keep a box in the closet just for these items (which I then get out during the holidays). I buy things like Legos, puzzles, fun jewelry, jump ropes, and slime that can be put be put into a stocking or as part of a larger gift. The stockings end up being unique during the holidays and are always a big hit.
After Easter, our clearance aisle had baby animal board books for $0.10 each! I have 3 coworkers who are currently expecting and these board books will make great baby gifts. I will add a new blanket and probably check for a nice second-hand sleeper. The whole gift will cost less than $10 and I will be able to bless them more than if I went straight to the baby section.
Our clearance section often has really fun candy bouquets after holidays too — these make great party gifts (this year I got them for $0.09 each!!!) You can pair a candy bouquet with other clearance items like bath bombs or slime kits and have a perfect gift for a middle schooler.
You can’t always predict what will be on the clearance aisle but with a little creativity, you can put together some fantastic (and frugal) gifts!
Krystal Strickland is a wife, mother, and nurse who enjoys blogging at Rebel With A Good Cause.