holiday sales http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/10283/all en-US The Best and Worst Things to Buy in February http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-and-worst-things-to-buy-in-february <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-best-and-worst-things-to-buy-in-february" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/4044598206_c903e3dce8_z.jpg" alt="valentine couple" title="valentine couple" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="159" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The short month of February is here, but don't worry &mdash; 2012 is a leap year, which means savvy consumers will have one extra day to cram in more deal-shopping! Check out our list of the best and worst things to buy in February, which we've compiled after analyzing the extensive dealnews archives full of <a href="http://dealnews.com/?eref=wisebread" title="dealnews">sales, coupons, and individual products</a> from years past. If you're curious about Presidents' Day sales, <a title="Valentine's Day gifts" href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-budget-friendly-ways-to-get-it-right-this-valentines-day-and-beyond">gifts for Valentine's Day</a>, or prices on electronics, outerwear, and more, then read on. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar" title="Shopping Calendar">Shopping Calendar: The Best Time to Buy Anything</a>)</p> <h3>Valentine's Day Deals Are Predictably Not Great</h3> <p>Since this is the time of year in which jewelry, flowers, and perfume are in their highest in demand, it's not surprising that shoppers probably won't get the best price possible on these items; perfumes, for example, generally see better discounts in late February after Valentine's Day and March. That's because there's less incentive for retailers to offer truly great deals on these items when they're selling so well due to circumstance. Try buying your sweetheart a less routine <a href="dealnews.com/valentines-gifts.html?eref=wisebread" title="Valentine's Day gift ideas">Valentine's Day gift</a> in a category that's more likely to see a fair discount.</p> <h3>Prepare for Presidents' Day Sales</h3> <p>The best part about a holiday weekend isn't necessarily the day off, but rather the inevitable sales. You can expect quite a few Presidents' Day sales during the 3-day weekend that will take as much as 80% off on a plethora of <a href="http://dealnews.com/c202/Clothing-Accessories/?eref=wisebread" title="clothing deals">apparel</a>, as well as <a href="http://dealnews.com/c197/Home-Garden/Tools-And-Hardware/?eref=wisebread" title="tool deals">tools</a>, <a href="http://dealnews.com/c638/Home-Garden/Bed-Bath/Bedding/?eref=wisebread" title="bedding deals">bedding</a>, and <a href="http://dealnews.com/c199/Home-Garden/Home-Furniture/?eref=wisebread" title="furniture deals">furniture</a>. Some retailers tend to offer deeper discounts on existing sales, while others will lean towards modest coupons (likely an extra 20% to 30% off) that are applicable sitewide. Look to clothing and department stores for a big Presidents' Day sale push.</p> <h3>Tablet Time</h3> <p>Rumors continue to swirl about the release date of the iPad 3, and many folks believe that it will be announced at the end of February. If that is indeed the case, then we'll likely see immediate markdowns on refurbished <a href="http://dealnews.com/c568/Computers/iPad-Tablet/iPad/?eref=wisebread" title="iPad deals">iPad 2</a> units sold by Apple, as well as substantial cuts on new devices from resellers.</p> <h3>Expect Electronics Clearance Sales</h3> <p>We mentioned in our <a href="http://dealnews.com/features/The-Best-and-Worst-Things-to-Buy-in-January/535781.html?eref=wisebread" title="January guide">January guide</a> that, as new electronics unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) begin to hit shelves, retailers make room for them by offering discounts on old stock. This effort continues in February, and includes markdowns on electronics like <a href="http://dealnews.com/c357/Home-Garden/Automotive/Automotive-GPSs/?eref=wisebread" title="GPS deals">GPS units</a> and <a href="http://dealnews.com/c143/Electronics/Audio-Components/?eref=wisebread" title="audio deals">audio equipment</a> &mdash; the latter of which we've already started to see excellent deals on.</p> <h3>Wait on Digital Cameras</h3> <p>Common logic dictates that we'd similarly see the best deals of the year on <a href="http://dealnews.com/c168/Electronics/Cameras/Digital-Cameras/?eref=wisebread" title="digital camera deals">digital cameras</a> during the month of February, as retailers clear camera inventory post-CES. However, our deal archives paint a different picture. Although we've seen some excellent bargains during the month of February, these discounts and promotions have paled in comparison to November and December in terms of Editors' Choice-caliber offers. In the past two years, both of these later months have each seen roughly four times as many top deals than February.</p> <h3>An Excellent Time for Outerwear</h3> <p>We mentioned in our <a href="http://dealnews.com/features/The-Best-and-Worst-Things-to-Buy-in-January/535781.html?eref=wisebread" title="January guide">January buying guide</a> that winter apparel was beginning to see its greatest discounts of the season, and these sales will continue through February, though typically the selection is less robust. But that might not be the case if you're looking specifically for a winter coat, as the mild season has reportedly <a href="http://moneyland.time.com/2012/01/20/mild-winter-could-mean-best-ever-deals-on-winter-coats-and-cold-weather-gear/" title="unsold winter inventory">left retailers with massive amounts of unsold inventory</a>, therefore making this perhaps one of the best years to get a deal on a <a href="http://dealnews.com/c202/Clothing-Accessories/?search=outerwear" title="outerwear deals">late-in-the-season coat</a>. If you've been putting off replacing your tried-and-true wool or down coat, February and March will be excellent months to snag a deal.</p> <h3>An Increase in the Number of Ski Resort Deals</h3> <p>Since snow has been hard to come by this winter, the number of travelers booking trips to ski resort towns has been unusually low. Although numerous locations recently received a fresh dusting of powder, the ski season has been damaged due to mild weather. We've already seen an influx of <a href="http://dealnews.com/search.html?search=ski" title="ski deals">special skiing discounts</a> on vacations and hotels in ski towns like Keystone, CO, Salt Lake City and Park City, UT, and more, as they try to salvage a weak tourist season.</p> <h3>Wait Until March to Catch Up on Movies</h3> <p>Throughout the year we tend to see daily deal sites <a href="http://dealnews.com/c654/Travel-Entertainment/Movie-Tickets/?eref=wisebread" title="movie ticket deals">discount bulk movie tickets</a>, and cinema chains often offer promotions for ticket sales as well. But strangely enough, these types of <a href="http://dealnews.com/features/How-to-Go-to-the-Movies-Without-Breaking-the-Bank/541681.html?eref=wisebread" title="save on movies">movie deals</a> have largely been a miss in February for the past two years; in February 2011, we didn't see a single deal for discounted movie vouchers, and in 2010, we only saw an offer from AMC to watch a marathon of the Oscar-nominated Best Picture nominees. The scarcity in February is maybe a fluke (for two years in a row?), or perhaps theaters actually believe the upcoming Academy Awards is enough of an impetus for consumers to get into their seats. Either way, there's a chance that avid movie goers may have to pay full-price this month.</p> <h3>Go Big on HDTVs</h3> <p>Unfortunately, the head-turning deals we saw on <a href="http://dealnews.com/c504/Electronics/TVs/LCD-TVs/42-LCD-TVs/?eref=wisebread" title="42-inch LCD TV deals">42&quot; LCD HDTVs</a> in November and December came to a quicker-than-expected end in January as prices on name-brand and third-tier 42&quot; sets jumped back to their pre-September averages. Likewise, <a href="http://dealnews.com/c159/Electronics/TVs/?search=3D" title="3D TV deals">55&quot; 3D LCDs</a> slowly made the transition from $999 back to $1,337. But that doesn't mean TVs should be off your radar just yet.</p> <p>Big-screen TVs &mdash; those in the 55&quot; and 60&quot; category &mdash; are still coming in at aggressive price points. Deals on <a href="http://dealnews.com/c560/Electronics/TVs/LCD-TVs/55-LCD-TVs/?eref=wisebread" title="55-inch LCD TV deals">55&quot; name-brand LCDs</a>, for instance, hit $800 in December and $700 in January (the lowest price we've seen for a 55&quot; name-brand LCD TV since this summer, when we saw a Toshiba drop to an astonishing $559 for less than an hour). That means we could see better or equal deals on these sets trickle into February, especially as new CES models begin to enter the market. Name-brand 60&quot; sets hit an all-time low of $800 in November, and while we haven't seen that price point since, we <em>have</em> seen LED-backlit sets (also name-brand) in recent weeks that hover around the all-time low price of $970, giving us hope of seeing similar deals in February.</p> <h3>Laptops</h3> <p>Fully-equipped <a href="http://dealnews.com/c49/Computers/Laptops/?search=17" title="desktop replacement deals">desktop replacements</a> (those with 17&quot; screens, Core i7 CPUs, and 8GB of RAM) are still enjoying all-time lows. During the past three months, we've seen deals on these 17&quot; premium systems hit $800 &mdash; a price we've never seen before. <a href="http://dealnews.com/c49/Computers/Laptops/?search=15" title="15-inch laptops">Dual-core 15&quot; laptops</a>, however, have gone up in price, slowly reaching their pre-holiday average of roughly $330.</p> <p>Shoppers should also keep an eye on <a href="http://www.dealnews.com/search.html?search=ultrabook" title="ultrabook deals">ultrabooks</a>, one of the hottest trends at CES this year. As these super-thin laptops begin to hit the market in greater numbers, they could potentially lower the price on other 12&quot; and 13&quot; laptops.</p> <p>Ready to put this information to use? Set up an <a href="https://dealnews.com/mydealnews/alerts.html?eref=wisebread" title="dealnews email alert">email alert</a> to know immediately when Dealnews lists the items of your choice.</p> <p><em>This is a guest post by <a href="http://dealnews.com/" title="dealnews">Dealnews</a>.</em></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Love and deals are in the air this month. From ski vacations to electronics and more, discover the best (and worst!) things to buy this month. </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dealnews">Dealnews</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-and-worst-things-to-buy-in-february">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-easy-steps-to-buying-lingerie-for-your-wife-girlfriend-or-significant-other">4 Easy Steps to Buying Lingerie for Your Wife, Girlfriend, or Significant Other</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/beat-the-clock-with-frugal-and-simple-valentines-day-ideas">Beat the Clock with Frugal and Simple Valentine&#039;s Day Ideas</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-save-big-on-appliances">8 Ways to Save Big on Appliances</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-budget-friendly-ways-to-get-it-right-this-valentines-day-and-beyond">10 Budget-Friendly Ways to Get it Right This Valentine&#039;s Day and Beyond</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-and-worst-things-to-buy-in-december">The Best and Worst Things to Buy in December</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping finding deals holiday sales Valentine's Day valentine's day gifts Fri, 03 Feb 2012 11:24:29 +0000 Dealnews 885373 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Ways to Save Big on Appliances http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-save-big-on-appliances <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-ways-to-save-big-on-appliances" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/4478667298_c96f1aa5af_z.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I've had the dubious distinction of saving some big bucks on multiple types of appliances this year. I say dubious because I'd rather not have had to buy anything new at all, but when opportunities presented themselves, I did some &quot;defensive&quot; purchasing to capture the best deals on my terms, rather than going to a retailer in an emergency situation. Specifically, our dishwasher was on its last legs and our refrigerator was reaching the end of its useful life. There are some key discoveries and strategies I'd like to share on how I saved well over a thousand dollars on just these two appliances and how you can too. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-money-on-appliances-at-any-time-of-year">Save Money on Appliances at any Time of Year</a>)</p> <h3>1. Scratch-and-Dent Discounts</h3> <p>I joke about the &quot;$1,000 light bulb trip,&quot; because I went to Lowe's to pick up some odds and ends and left with a refrigerator. But what a great deal! It was a Saturday morning, and they had about a dozen new appliances out front with various forms of dings and dents. The model I was interested was a loaded $2,800 Samsung stainless fridge with a dent on the side. I couldn't believe it! $1,800 off for a dent on the side. The bonus is that we have a side panel in our kitchen that would cover the dent entirely, so it'd be completely invisible to us.</p> <p>The units were going quickly, so I had to buy it on the spot. Once inside, I asked a sales guy how often they did this sort of thing. He said it's kind of random, but a good suggestion was to just call around to various stores each Saturday morning, especially around holidays, and ask if they were putting out scratch-and-dent units on display. They seem to unload them in bulk. So if you're in the market for a new appliance and don't mind a some minor visual &quot;character,&quot; you can easily save 30%-60% off the list price by calling ahead and being ready to act.</p> <h3>2. Holiday Weekend Sales</h3> <p>Aside from using holidays to put out the scratch-and-dent models, virtually all retailers offer some sort of sales incentives around various holidays. They know their competitors are doing it, and people often waste a day shopping since we don't really celebrate President's Day or Memorial Day like we used to. If you're in need of a new appliance but can stick it out until the next holiday, it may well be worth it. Black Friday isn't the only day of the year with great deals. You can score some decent discounts without the madness on a less traveled holiday.</p> <h3>3. Comparison Sites</h3> <p>While it seems like common sense for anyone who's web-savvy, I'm often surprised to hear about purchases that people made without actually using online comparison sites. There are dozens out there, so I won't list them all, but a few simple searches on the likes of <a href="http://www.google.com/products">Google's Products Page</a>, <a href="http://www.pricegrabber.com/">PriceGrabber</a>, or even <a href="http://www.amazon.com">Amazon.com</a>&nbsp;will often reveal redundant or very close pricing. Impulse buying often squashes such opportunities, but these days, with smartphone apps like <a href="http://shopsavvy.mobi/">ShopSavvy</a> and the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&amp;docId=1000291661">Amazon app</a> or some simple advanced planning, there's no excuse for paying more than the cheapest price a major retailer is offering.</p> <h3>4. Cash for Appliances</h3> <p>There's been very little press on Cash for Appliances of late. During the economic crisis, the administration passed legislation allowing states to offer discounts for various energy-efficient appliances. The programs will run until states deplete the cash allotted to them from the federal stimulus program. People tend to think that only the <a href="http://www.darwinsmoney.com/energy-tax-credit-2011/">2011 energy tax credit</a> survived into the new year, but that was actually different legislation than these state programs for energy-star rated home appliances. Some states have closed their programs due to the depletion of their allotted funding, but many are still in play as of the time of this writing. Check out the <a href="http://www.energysavers.gov/financial/70022.html">Energy Savers</a>&nbsp;website to see if your state is offering rebates on common appliances. Many people probably bought appliances in the past year without even knowing they were eligible for a rebate!</p> <h3>5. Utility Rebates</h3> <p>Aside from Cash for Appliances, which at least got some press during the stimulus debate, would you have thought that your local utility gives out rebates to consumers for using less power? It's like a grocery store giving out rebates to buy less produce! As odd as it seems, given how utilities are regulated and governed, this is somewhat common. I found this out when a Lowe's sales rep mentioned it at checkout. We have PECO in our area, and they gave me a $75 rebate check I wasn't even planning on. All I had to do was fill out a simple form. Just visit the website of your utility company to see if they have a similar offering, and you may be surprised.</p> <h3>6. Exploit Model Updates</h3> <p>I'm a big fan of Consumer Reports and subscribe to their print magazine. Any time I'm in the market for a gadget or new appliance, I go back and check out the rating and buy a top rated model or a &quot;Best Buy.&quot; What I often find, though, is that new models are launched so frequently that by the time I buy an appliance, the models they ranked are either obsolete already or on their way out. If it's timed right, however, these top-rated models are sold at huge discounts to make way for the replacement model in the same family. Often times this just means a slightly altered exterior or minor upgrade that you wouldn't even miss. Given the choice between paying $350 for a top-rated dishwasher model from six months ago versus $550 for a newly launched model with the same performance, I'll take the $350 any day! So, keep your eye on overlap in the stores. Often it's just a change in the last letter of the model number, or the salesperson will just tell you they're phasing out a particular model. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-dishwashers">The 5 Best Dishwashers</a>)</p> <h3>7. Skip the Extended Warranty</h3> <p>Warranties are usually a bad investment &mdash; especially when you spread many such offerings from multiple purchases over time. There are a select few circumstances where a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/are-extended-warranties-ever-a-good-deal">warranty is a good deal</a>, but in general, they're big money-makers for retailers and salespeople and a net loser for the consumer. After all, if the consumer benefited from warranty pricing, would they even be offered? I know, it's painful to picture that new appliance going at one week past the standard one-year warranty included with your purchase, but over time, if you compare what you would have paid for EVERY extended warranty opportunity versus what you've saved for NEVER buying the extended warranty, there's no doubt you'd be better off in the long run having never purchased an extended warranty.&nbsp;</p> <h3>8. Haggle!</h3> <p>Contrary to what you may be hearing about a &quot;recovery,&quot; we're not buzzing along like we have been during prior recoveries. Unemployment is still at 9%, while millions of Americans have simply dropped out of the workforce. So retailers are looking to make sales knowing there's a lot less cash and credit out there than in the good ol' days. There's nothing wrong with some good old-fashioned <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-7-laws-of-negotiation">haggling</a>. Some common lines I use include &quot;OK, I see your list price is $250. What can you sell it for?&quot; and &quot;Can you take $200 for it?&quot; Whatever line you need to use, even if it's just a bit outside your comfort zone, it's worth it. What's the worst thing that happens? They say no. Sometimes floor associates aren't qualified to agree to a discount on the spot, but they'll often go find a manager who is. There's a commission on the line after all.</p> <p><em>What are some of your appliance-purchase tips?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/darwins-money">Darwins Money</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-save-big-on-appliances">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-warranties-that-arent-worth-it">4 Warranties That Aren&#039;t Worth It</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/when-something-breaks-should-you-repair-or-replace">When Something Breaks, Should You Repair or Replace?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-refrigerators">The 5 Best Refrigerators</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-small-appliances-for-students">The 5 Best Small Appliances for Students</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-money-on-appliances-at-any-time-of-year">Save Money on Appliances at any Time of Year</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping appliances cash for appliances holiday sales household goods Thu, 03 Mar 2011 13:00:11 +0000 Darwins Money 498333 at http://www.wisebread.com Halloween Is Over. Now, Go and Buy Your Costume. http://www.wisebread.com/halloween-is-over-now-go-and-buy-your-costume <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/halloween-is-over-now-go-and-buy-your-costume" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/2896385198_ffc61087c0.jpg" alt="Costume Sale" title="Costume Sale" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>With the exception of Christmas, Halloween <a href="http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/2096987/government_releases_halloween_stats_pg2_pg2.html?cat=74">is the most lucrative holiday for retailers</a>. This year, Halloween sales will have <a href="http://www.time.com/time/business/article/0,8599,1931176,00.html">topped an incredible $6 billion</a>!</p> <p>It's also a holiday that comes with a delicious treat for most stores...ALL SALES ARE FINAL. Ah yes, the usual rules for consumers don't apply here, because retailers have given themselves an adequate amount of protection from the &quot;buy it, use it, return it&quot; crowd. Halloween is about one night, and until that night is over, you're paying through the nose for everything.</p> <p>But then, November 1st rolls around, and those same retailers now have a whole bunch of almost useless leftover stock. Most costume stores advertise 50%-75% off sales for November 1st a week before Halloween night.</p> <p>As a frugal shopper, it's painful to know that a $50 costume I buy on October 30th will be available for as little as $12 a few days later. And that's why you should be running out now to buy your supplies for next year's Halloween bash. You can still be the star of the show next year, but you can spend a lot less money on costumes and spooky supplies.</p> <p>Think ahead, look at the costumes available and plan accordingly. For instance, a very popular movie or singer right now may not be so popular a year down the road. There were a ton of Michael Jackson outfits this year, and if he'll always be your idol go ahead and buy them...but he certainly won't be as topical in 2010. However, some outfits are evergreen and should be considered a bargain whenever they go on sale. Batman, Superman, Spiderman and the usual super heroes will never really go out of style. Also look for the comic couple duos, like Fred and Wilma, Jack and Jill, Mario and Luigi, and Morticia and Gomez, plus the more inventive ones like Plug and Socket, Bull and Bear or Sweet and Sour.</p> <p>The same rules apply for the kids, too. When it comes to costumes, they probably won't be too happy being stuck with an old costume if there's a new flavor-of-the-month next year. Just be careful if you snap up a bargain Transformer or G.I.Joe, because next year's blockbuster will come with a slew of costumes at wallet-busting prices. Again, the safe bets are the timeless super heroes, villains, cartoons, ghouls and non-specific costumes. There&rsquo;s always room for a zombie, ninja, werewolf or vampire. Oh, and remember to buy a size or two bigger...kids have this annoying habit of growing like weeds between holidays. Dress-up clothes are also a bargain right now. You can snap up princess outfits, pirate gear and other cool costumes for almost nothing. No need to wait for Halloween next year, the kids can have a blast anytime.</p> <p>As for the decorations, they&rsquo;re always a bargain. With very few exceptions (I did see a sequin-gloved hand coming out of a grave...poor taste I think) they&rsquo;re always reusable. Strobe lights, fog machines, spider webbing, skeletons, wall decor, party plates and cups &mdash; they&rsquo;re all on sale right now. And as the week continues, expect to see the prices drop to 90% off. Stock up now, fill a box or two with next year&rsquo;s Halloween costumes as decorations and costumes, and tuck them away in the basement, garage or attic. When October 31st rolls around next year, you&rsquo;ll have all of your Halloween shopping done early...and at a fraction of the cost. Now, go hit up those sales before the bargains are all gone.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/halloween-is-over-now-go-and-buy-your-costume">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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