And I'm not talking, like, the latest in wearable technology (Is that a thing? Aren't there Jetson's watches happening now?), but more like .... i dunno, socks. As much as possible, I save my shopping for ... socks ... and other sundries for the weekend after Thanskgiving and the weekend after Christmas. You think I'm joking, but I picked up like no fewer than 900 pairs of socks for a grand total of approximately 50 cents at Target after Thanksgiving this year. Okay, not quite, but close. When everyone else is slamming their carts into one another trying to get to the flat screen TVs, I think fondly of my circa 1999 tube set, toss another pair of socks (or, let's be honest, slipper socks) into the cart, and cackle wickedly to myself.
Ditto in the days after Christmas. If I see a, say, sweater, coat, or scarf that I love--even if it's on sale pre-Christmas--I hunker down and resist the urge to click "Buy" until the 26th. And nine times out of ten, it pays off. Post Christmas sales are waaaaay better than pre-Christmas sales, and totally make sense to tap into if you're shopping for yourself. (They also make sense to tap into if you aren't seeing particular friends and family with whom you exchange gifts until after the 25th. What? I SAID I WAS CHEAP! Plus, it's not like they'll know. Unless they're reading this right now. Sorrrrry again, loved ones.) Check out this article from Deal News that lists six types of items that you should wait until after Christmas to buy: clothes, electronics, furniture, fitness equipment, laptops, and the big-no-duh of Chritsmas decor.
So here's to four more days of letting your hard-earned cash fester in your wallet. (Or, you know, earn a few dimes in an interest-bearing savings account.) Hold out, dear friends, for sock sale time is nigh.