My cash out schedule can be a little piece meal, since I usually cash out based on amount earned, not date earned by. IE, I cash out when I hit $25, not on the first of every month. But there are three times during the year that I cash out everything I can, regardless of what the earnings are. Because I am going to spend that money.
Those three definite cash outs are the week after Christmas, the week after Easter, and the first week of July. Those are the weeks of seasonal holiday and toy clearance. I buy the bulk of my Easter, Christmas, birthday presents for the year as well as clothing, food, and crafting supplies during these three sales. I take the money I had budgeted for these things from their assigned budgets and place them in the Disney Fund. Then I use the recently cashed out gift cards and the crazy good sales to stretch my dollars. And I shop til I drop. I love it. It’s my favorite thing.
On Sunday, my husband and I were talking about my recent cash out from Dabbl, when he interrupted my daydreams about 50% off Easter candy: “But you aren’t going to be able to do Easter clearance this year, are you?”
“What?” I could barely hear him. Visions of Cadbury eggs were dancing in my head. And Cadbury eggs dance loud.
“Well, your Easter clearance trips are pretty intense, yeah? You won’t be able to go to Target every other day, or like, hang out in the clearance section for hours taking pictures.”
The Cadbury eggs stopped dancing. He was right, of course. I would not be able to leisurely stroll the Easter clearance sections at multiple Targets, comparing prices, scanning items, and taking pictures. That’s not what we’re about right now. We’re about in and out, one store, once a week, no chances taken.
I was so hype on what treasures I would find at this year’s Easter clearance. So hype, in fact, that I just posted a money saving tip that literally relies on finding hidden treasures during clearance. And now what would become of me? I peeped at the Target website, hoping there would be some good online deals. I mean, jelly beans aren’t exactly a year long treat, amirite? They’re got to get rid of them somehow.
But alas and alack, while there are deals on the website, none of them apply for shipping. There’s a lot of little red boxes that say “check store.” I cannot check store, Target! But it’s okay. When you’re living through unrivaled times, you gotta stay flexible. There will be other clearance sales. Goodbye, Easter Clearance. You shall be missed.
2021 Family Trip
After Last Deposit: $6333.46
Total Deposit: $50, Target Gift Card from Dabbl
Still Need: $6283.46
Speaking of unprecedented things. Were y’all reading the excellent Couponing to Somewhere series, by my dear friend Kristen D? Did you catch the one where she fully funded her trip, but then had to cancel because of all the stuff going on, and hung up her saving post hat? Well, I was all prepared to pour one out for her blog series when she informed that you can take the trip out of the picture, but you can’t take the savings out of the girl. She’s started a new fund series, y’all! Title TBD, but I think it will be something like “Kristen D’s Disney Fund.” Which is not to be confused with Kristen B’s Disney Fund 2020: Week Whatever Week it Is. Two Kristens, two Disney Fund blogs, two times the fun!
Do you go hard on holiday clearance like I do? Is missing Easter clearance a total bummer for you or are you just like *yawn*? What’s your favorite holiday clearance? Are you pumped for Kristen D’s new saving series? Lemme know down below!
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 five 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!