Thriftilicious Thursday—Only 302 Shopping Days Left Until Christmas!

Sorry if you just choked on your coffee while reading my headline. I didn’t mean to scare you. Yes, I do realize that spring hasn’t even arrived yet in my neck of the woods. However, if you want to be thriftilicious, you need to start planning for Christmas (or birthdays, etc.) early to score the big bargains!

Here are some bargain finds that would make great gifts. Create your list of people you’ll need to buy gifts for this year, and start scouting those sales!

Land of Nod
, a store I adore but can’t always afford, has some awesome finds in its Nods & Ends Outlet. This junior-sized Ping Pong table would be a huge hit in my house. At only $49 (regularly $129), I’m considering stashing this away for the boys for Christmas.
Know kids who love Guitar Hero? They could be a real Guitar Hero with this electric guitar set. Comes with amplifier, tuning pitch pipe, carrying case, and more! Regularly $169, only $99.
This wooden xylophone would make a classic gift for a toddler, and one that wouldn’t soon make its way to the garage sale pile. At only $9.95 (regularly $29), I’m thinking about who’s going to get this from us.
And what tween wouldn’t love an iPod speaker dock that looks like a big Lego? Only $29, regularly $59.

The Company Store and Company Kids are also sites I find myself drooling over, but again, the price usually keeps me from purchasing. However, I just found out that both sites offer a One-Day Sale on one item at a significant discount. Whoo-hoo! Today, and TODAY ONLY, get this awesome Driftwood Armchair in vintage gray for only $41.99 (regularly $169) , AND get one or all of these locker storage items at a 75% discount! I love, love, love these for a kids’ room or mudroom! Bookmark this site and check back daily!

LL Bean has a weekly one-day markdown, and wouldn’t you know—it’s on Thriftilicious Thursdays! Today, get this gorgeous wool Toggle Coat for only $89 (regularly $199–$209). Save it for next winter, and you’ll actually look forward to the first dip below zero of the season!

And has two huge markdowns going on that start expiring after today. Got a tween or teen who likes the skater-type shoes? Or maybe your hubby is into that look. Today only, you can get any pair of Dekline shoes for only $14.95! Some of them cost as much as $78, regular price! And not to be outdone, etnies is offering all of their shoes in youth, mens’ and womens’ sizes for only $19.95! Get the next size up for next year, and be set when school starts again in the fall! But hurry—sizes will go quickly at these prices!

Planning ahead for gift purchases can not only save you money, but it can save you from that last-minute shopping frenzy that so often burns us out. So snag those deals, and maybe hum a chorus of “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town” while you’re at it, just for fun.

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