Keep your eyes open for Valentine’s Day 2012!

So you’re over Valentine’s Day, right? You don’t want to see any red and pink till next year. Don’t pack it all up just yet! Right now is the best time to get Valentine’s decor and gifts for next year. Store clearance Valentine’s Day items February 15th of every year. It usually starts off at 50% off, but in a few days, it’ll go down further.

Now’s the time to get boxes of Valentine’s day cards for the kid’s classmates. Little Valentine’s Day goodies, like pencils, erasers and other non perishables will be super cheap. If you have more than one kid in school, saving money on this stuff counts.  Estimate how many teachers your child will have the next year and get them their Valentine’s gifts.

I found Valentine’s day table clothes on sale at Walmart for $1.50!  They’re  thick vinyl, so they’re perfect for the kids to decorate cup cakes on or make crafts. I even picked one up for our babysitter who really wants to decorate for every holiday in her new house.

Right now is a great time to pick up Valentine’s Day cup cake papers, sprinkles and goody bags. I also found ribbon for a $1.

Avoid this type of shopping turning into “clutter”. I recommend getting a plastic bin to keep all of your Valentine’s Day decorations in. Before you put it away, add your clearance items to it. That way its all in one place so when you go to it next year, you’ll have everything in one spot. You won’t forget what you have and purchase more of the same items.

So often people just take down holiday decorations and throw it into a closet with the intentions of putting it away. Then time passes and it’s still there. Before you know it, you have a monster in your closet. Have the box for decor handy, so when you’re about to pack it all up, its not hard to get to. Make sure to pack breakables in bubble wrap or tissue. Label the box with a permanent marker or label maker. I like to purchase boxes that are the color of the holiday. Boxes like these have inserts for a card label.

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