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7.3 DO YOU KNOW WHERE ALL THE CLEARANCE SHELVES ARE?; CUT AND REDUCE CHRISTMAS SHOPPING EXPENSES.
By Kathy Gillikin
Almost every store has a clearance aisle, in fact it might have a number of close-out bins.
My favorite store has a special aisle for mark downs. It is usually a mixture, everything from aspirin to film to diapers. A package may be torn and the store will take a dollar off. I check this aisle out every time I'm in the store because it changes so often.
In addition this store has clearance areas scattered throughout. For example, the clothes aisle has its own rack and the toy department has a special clearance pile.
In January and February I started my Christmas shopping believe it or not. I have been watching the clearance aisle in the clothing department. When some nice looking shirts were cut from $16.95 to $13.00, I bought one. Next they were discounted to $9.00 so I bought 3 more. The following day they were slashed to $3.00; I bought 14 in different sizes for Christmas presents. I also got some really nice scarves for .50 cents. They had cost as much as $8.96 each. Thermal under shirts and under pants dropped from $4.96 to .50 each, so I grabbed a few. Last I purchased a couple of pairs of leather gloves for $2.00; they had cost $8.00.
A young couple come through my line with two carts of toys that would have totaled almost $500.00 originally; they bought them on clearance for $82.16. They had small children so they were stocking up on birthday and Christmas gifts for the next year. They bought Barbie dolls for $3.00 that had been $8.96 and doll houses for $7.00 that had been $30.00.
I like to tell people who come through my checkout line about the bargain aisles. Next time you shop ask the store clerks where the bargains are. They'd be happy to tell you.