I bee-bopped over to my local Hallmark store to see what there was to see re: Valentine’s Day cards, and lo, the savings fairies smiled upon me. Christmas clearance had just been marked down to 90% off. Like, it had literally just happened, the associate told me. There was no one else in the store. Just me and a bunch of 90% off Christmas clearance.
I’ll confess, I get a little tunnel visiony about sales in January. We have Christmas clearance and then Toy clearance, and after those two, I give myself a nice break and rest up until Valentine’s Day clearance. (Which is happening next week, so stay on your toes, smart shoppers!) But Hallmark doesn’t operate on the same clearance cycles as the big box stores, mostly because a large portion of their in-store merchandises is seasonally or holiday themed. They’ve got to run their clearance a little differently.
My first score was the Christmas cards. You may remember that I am a huge advocate of making your cards or adapting materials you already have to save you money on Christmas cards. Thanks to this sale, my job got even easier. All I need to do is paste a picture of my family on the inside, frame it with glitter or washi tape, and slap a stamp on it. Each card ends up being eight cents! Love that price point. I’ll wait to print my photos until Shutterfly runs a print promo, hopefully getting them for free. Yay for super economical Christmas cards!
Let me next direct your attention to this musical little fellow.
There were a bunch of these on the shelf, and I love when there are bunches of things on shelves for sale. I grab as many as I can muster and use them for teacher gifts, Mr.B.’s co-workers Christmas presents, favors for parties, you name it. But I noticed this lil guy didn’t have a price on the bottom. I ask the associate and she says “Oh, that’s because those are free. They were a promotional gift for the holidays. If you bought two ornaments you got that one free. It’s a special series.”
“Ok, great,” I replied. “How much would they be then?”
“How about free?” Excuse me, what? Free???
“Well, I kind of want a lot of them, so I feel like I should give you something?”
“Sure thing. You can give me a smile.”
Ya’ll, I’m not convinced this Hallmark sales associate was not an actual savings fairy.
My last great score was theadorable Rey Itty Bitty. She was on sale for 50% off, which brought her down to $3.48. But guess who had $2 in Hallmark Rewards? This gal! So, Rey went down to $1.48, which will make my little Star Wars fan very happy when she finds it in her Easter basket.
My advice? If you need to do a little Valentine’s shopping, Hallmark is worth checking out.
- Rey Itty Bitty: $1.48. Originally $6.95.
- Lodge Boxed Cards (2): $3.Originally $30 for both.
- Carousel Ornament: $1. Originally $10.
- Three King Star Ornament: $1.80. Originally $18.
- Cinderella Slipper Ornament: $1. Originally $10.
- Pinkie Pie Ornament: .70. Originally $6.99.
- Let it Snow Ornament: $1. Originally $10.
- Musical Soldier Ornament (13): $0. Bwahahahaha.
Total Spent: $10.82
Original Retail: $91.94
Total Saved: $81.12
Have you taken advantage of Hallmark’s clearance sales before? How do you like to stock up on gift multiples? Got your Valentine’s Day shopping all done? Tell me all about it in the comments!
Kristen B. is wife to the best Prince around, mama to the spunkiest little princesses, and lover of all things Disney. She started her savings journey three years ago and is now dedicated to making her family’s wishes come true one coupon at a time. She is so excited to take her love of saving to the next level and share her journey with you! Click here to catch up on Kristen’s Savings and join in on your own savings adventure!