Early Shopper Alert.

Well HEY, y’all!

It’s Monday, the sun is shining (incessantly), the birds are chirping, and it’s time to talk about one of my favorite things.

I say ‘one of’ because it’s a close runner up with fuzzy blankets and hot cocoa at Christmastime, which one can only dream of at this point in the summer.

SHOPPING.

I’m well acquainted with the thrill of the bargain hunt, y’all, and right about now is when I start thinking about Christmas gifts.

Mostly I blame this on Target and their semi-annual toy sale happening now (and also in January). They’re marking down toys to make room for new Christmas gizmos and gadgets, and it’s the perfect time to grab deals for your kiddos or for donation during the holidays. The Krazy Coupon Lady has a great post from last year with insider knowledge of the way markdowns work during the Target toy markdown, but the general idea is the same, year to year.

If you’re not big on Target, there are tons of resources out there for summer bargain shopping. I found this article really insightful. Basically, you want to look for off-season bargains to save more of your hard-earned cash, like so:

Lowe’s Summer Clearance (Aug-Sept) is a great opportunity to pick up patio furniture and grills at 50-80% off.

American Eagle’s jeans and shorts typically go on sale in August (50% or more off).

Gap typically runs an online sale in August with items 50% or more off.

The Children’s Place offers steep discounts in August for back-to-school, with pants and shirts under $10.

The strategy is a little different for some items, say, Christmas décor at Hobby Lobby. They tend to put out their items insanely early (Christmas in July, literally) but immediately mark them down to 40% off. You can sit it out and wait for a better deal, but they don’t order additional stock, so if you see something you LOVE, it’s not a bad idea to pick it up when the pickin’s are fresh.

There are a ton of hacks and resources for bargain shopping so I won’t bore y’all and rehash what’s already out there, even if I think that smashingly good deals are worth shouting from the rooftops.

Y’all can thank me later.

Considering the way our economy looks, though, y’all might be on that rooftop right next to me. After all, we could all use a little sale. 😉

Happy shopping, friends! Hope you have a wonderful week!

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