How to Pack a Shoebox on a Budget Part 1: Holiday Clearance

Fake Barbie dolls for just 20 cents in Michael’s Christmas clearance HERE.

I LOVE Operation Christmas Child and last year managed to pack 45 good quality boxes for just $45 because I didn’t just start in November right before packing week. If that’s you and you don’t have totes full of goodies you’ve saved throughout the year, don’t panic! This is a whole series of posts on Budget Tips for OCC. Over the next couple of weeks I’ll be sharing my tips on how to pack a shoebox on a budget.

Today is about ‘Holiday Clearance.’

Part of my boxes this year contain things that were in last year’s Christmas sale at 90% off, this year’s Valentine’s tshirts at 75% off, some 4th of July socks on clearance and other bits like that. I don’t stop once the boxes leave my house in November instead I start gearing up for next year. Not only does this mean we can get bargains but it means we don’t have to spend a chunk out of pocket all at once.

Last year I found some great items at the Dollar General when they had their summer clearance at 90% off. NINETY!

Cute tea sets originally $2, now 20 cents
Spades originally $1 now 10 cents
Flip flops originally $3 now 30 cents

Around 15 pairs of flip flops, some crayons and 20 toys later and I was out a mere $11!
Then on to Walgreens just coz I was on a roll! I found some skirts clearanced for $.50. $.50!!!
This excited me the most as I really didn’t have toothbrushes. 6 pack of kid’s brushes for $.50 each!
20 packs x $.50 = $10 (120 toothbrushes!)
Grand total including some Walgreens freebies = Around $30 including tax!!

Currently I know the Dollar General has their summer clearance at 75% off and Kmart has clothes for $.99. Check this post out for this week’s budget tips and come back next Monday for more.

Check out the rest of the series:
Tip 2: Free Items
Tip 3: Holiday Candy
Tip 4: Regifting
Tip 5: Thrift Stores

Tip 6: Shipping Costs
Tip 7: Hunt Around The House
Tip 8: School Supplies
Tip 9: Hotel Items
Tip 10: The Dollar Store

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