Use after-holiday sales to stock up

December 29, 2008

If wrapping paper is on sale, buy your holiday paper and put it away for next year. But also, look for solid colors or designs that aren't too "Christmas-y" that can be used throught the year.

The same goes for solid-colored paper products.

And remember, red items (even candies) can be used for Valentine's Day. Green items will work for St. Patrick's Day.

And stocking-stuffer items will also work in goody bags if your kids have birthday parties coming up. These tips come from Erin Huffstetler of

She also suggests buying holiday gift packages -- of things like perfumes, cookies, hot-chocolates, etc. -- and re-packaging them to give at other times of the year.

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