Are you feeling a little blue because you just didn’t fully quench your secret mental Easter candy quota? Well, no worries, because I’m here to tell you how to catch up on that need - and at half price.
You see, the day after a holiday, most stores tend to drastically slash the merchandise associated with the holiday. In this case, you can find candy, toys, stuffed animals, and cute little Easter decor items for 50-75% off. It’s a great time to shop!
Some things to keep in mind:
- Candy does have an expiration date, so if you’re purchasing a lot, you might want to make sure it will last as long as you expect it to. The candy I picked up is good for at least 10-12 months.
- Try to get things that aren’t overly seasonal. So, in this case, pastel-colored foil wraps are fine, but Easter bunny shapes will let the cat out of the bag, so to speak. Unless you’re planning to make a sorry-its-late Easter basket.
- (Bonus hint: At Christmas, try to get things that are red - it’ll work for Valentine’s day and even 4th of July.)
- You’ll probably want a good place to hide it so your kids and significant other don’t plunder the treasure. Make sure you don’t buy more than your hiding place can hold.
- It might be worthwhile to pick up your Easter supplies (baskets, dye, toys, etc.) for next year, too, if you’re sure you’ll, a)Remember that you got them, and b) Be able to locate it a year from now.
- Take your coming-up-soon birthday list with you, too. You might be able to find some good gifts for younger kiddos. If the tag is the only thing that gives it away as an Easter item, cut it off.
- If you have recipes that require candy (I have a great chocolate cookie recipe which requires you to wrap the dough around Rolo candies.) then look for that candy now.
- If you bring your kids shopping with you, they may be even more enthusiastic than you are! (And it's harder to hide when you get home.)
I checked out a couple of the local Prescott stores, and here’s what I found:
Walmart has the biggest after-Easter stash of them all, and it’s all 50% off. I’ve found in the past that it seems to sell out faster at the big store across from the mall, so you may want to try the Gail Gardner store first. Aisles of goodies and shopping carts full of candy in front of the checkstands await your wallet. If you go nowhere else, you’ll want to stop here as soon as you can to get the best loot. They have pre-made Easter baskets marked down to $5. The other thing to remember is that Walmart prices are generally better than other stores to begin with, so their 50% off is generally lower overall.
Safeway on Willow Creek had candy marked down by 50%, but some toys and decor items are marked down by 75%. I didn’t see a huge selection, but the prices are good.
Frys on Fair Street has a great selection of stuffed animals (huge ones for only $6.50, smaller ones for $3.50). They have some candy, too, as well as some bakery items (like cupcakes $1.50/6) at the front of the store for sale, too.
I didn’t check Target this time around, but they usually have decent markdowns, too.
One place you may not find the screamin' deals for after-Easter sales? Online. At least I personally didn't find anything I was excited about or madly slashed-down prices. Go figure.
So, there you go. I even left some candy at Walmart for you. You’re welcome.
PS: Please don’t tell my husband. There are some things he just doesn’t need to know and questions I may not want to answer! ;)