Christmas Day After Deals

Shopping the day after a holiday can yield some incredible savings. What stores in your area put all of their holiday items on sale the next day? Most sales will last through New Years Eve as stores make room for spring inventory.  I went out shopping this morning as soon as the stores were open to see what I could score for as little as possible.

Here are some things to look for:

*Items you know you will use on the next holiday. Purchase and set aside rather than pay full price in 11 months. Themed paper plates and decorations, wrapping paper, boxes and bows, household decor, lights, gift bags and cards. I like to add to my Christmas lights a little bit each year.  

*Materials you can use year round. Do the colors match any part of your home? Always look for wrapping paper the day after Christmas that isn’t Christmas specific that can be used for upcoming birthdays, anniversaries, etc. I like to look for stickers and embellishments I can use in my scrapbooking and crafting projects.  It’s a great time to get coffee mugs and table linens.

*Clothing and Electronics.  Many stores have sales through New Years Eve and extra discounts on clearance items.  JCPenny, Kohls, Walmart, Macys, Best Buy and more!  Remember if you are going to shop online to use Ebates to get money back.  If you don’t have an Ebates account, it is free to sign up and you get a $10 gift card or cash bonus with your first purchase.  

Here is a sampling of the goodies I purchased while out and about this morning.

Target 50% off:

I was still pretty well stocked on Christmas paper, so I picked up this cute unicorn paper my niece will love, timeless polka dots, and who wouldn’t want a gift wrapped in pizza paper!  I price my paper against dollar tree, 9 yards for $1.  This is better quality and at 30 yards for $2.50 (after the 50% discount), it is a better price too.  The gift tags came in four styles to a box, two were Christmas themed and two could absolutely be used for any gift, like the triangles pictured above.

While at Target, I ran into a friend’s folks who were out getting deals on lights to start replacing ones they had had for 20+ years that were just starting to die.  I got these cute stakes made to look like branches for $12.50, net lights for $4, and this super luxe, fluffy tree skirt for $22.50.  I’ve been searching for the perfect skirt for a couple years, but haven’t exactly been dedicated to the task, so my tree skirt has been a bedsheet for the last few years.  I just can’t bring myself to pay full price!  I can’t outdo the Griswolds yet, but I get closer each year.

Roz & Ali:

Everything pictured here was on clearance and an additional 75% off the lowest price.  In total the four pairs of pants, one skirt, one jacket, one tank, and two long sleeve plaid shirts cost $82.  I basically don’t have to do laundry for a week now.

Home Depot 50% off:

Last year I got a doe in this same exact style that bobs her head to the ground as if she is nibbling on grass.  I was excited to score this buck to keep lookout while the lady snacks. 

Tell me where you are finding deals this season.

Snowflake Truffles

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My office is holding a holiday bake off and I am determined to enter.  Winners are announced each day and Friday will be a bake off of all daily winners.  I talked myself out of it Sunday evening.  Too tired, too late, blah blah blah.  Did I mention I am not a baker?  Monday’s winner made a Sopapilla Cheesecake and the runner up was a perfectly lovely fudge.  Tuesday will be mine with these Snowflake Truffles I found on Pinterest.
I selected this recipe based on its approachability from a staggering amount of options if you search Christmas desserts in pinterest.  I had most of the ingredients, it doesn’t actually require my oven be used, and spends most of the prep time in the fridge.  I doubled the recipe and substituted lemon extract and a vanilla bean in place of the almond extract.  All I needed to purchase was heavy cream, white chocolate, and unsalted butter.  There is a food network video I used as a guide.  I made a quick stop at the store on the way home from work and started in it to win it.
SNOWFLAKE TRUFFLES
  • 2/3 cup + 2 tbsp heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp lemon extract
  • 1 vanilla bean, scrapped of seeds *save the leftover pod for this
  • 24 oz white chocolate chips, divided
  • 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 2 1/2 cups shredded coconut flakes
  1. In a bowl, add cream, butter, extract, vanilla, and 16 oz of the white chocolate.  Heat in the microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring in between each interval to avoid scorching.  Continue heating and stirring until mixture is smooth and melted.  Fold in powdered sugar and 1/2 coconut flakes.  Cover bowl with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for at least 90 minutes to set.
  2. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper.  I used two pie plates to fit in my fridge with greater ease.  Melt the remaining chocolate in the microwave.  Take out the cooled and semi-hardened truffle mixture.  I left mine in overnight.  If left in the fridge that long, let it sit at room temperature for 20 minutes to soften slightly.  The mixture should be soft enough to shape in to balls and firm enough to hold it’s shape.
  3. Using a 1 tbsp cookie scoop, start forming your snowballs, this should make about 30 truffles.  Using a pastry brush, “paint” on the melted chocolate and place on the parchment paper.  Not being a baker, I do not own a pastry brush.  I used the back of a spoon and smeared.  I think it worked just fine.  Sprinkle with coconut.  Continue smearing and sprinkling until each truffle is coated.  Refrigerate for one hour.

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SMEAR AND SPRINKLE. REPEAT.

 

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LET THE VOTING BEGIN

Find the original recipe and video here.

UPDATE:   I did not win the Tuesday competition.  I did come in second.  Turns out more folks than just my mother aren’t that crazy about coconut and everyone loves a snickerdoodle, even if the coworkers wife made it for him.

UPDATE TO THE UPDATE:  Intense ice storms nearly shut the office down for two days.  I did not make a second play for the championship.  Had weather not interceded, my back up recipes under consideration were:

Lump of Coal Rice Krispie Treats

“3 Sizes Too Small” Grinch Cookies

And for the grand finale bakeoff:

Hot Chocolate Cookie Cups

Maybe next year…