As much as I hate to admit it, I think it might be time to address a serious problem. As it is already November, it is time that I come to terms with the fact that one of my favorite parts of the holiday season are the post-clearance sales.

You can bet I was shopping when the Halloween section went to 70% off or more. But, why do I do it?

Obviously to save money on Holiday things that I need… or more often just want. I find that Holiday clearance sections are great sources for discount decorations, baking supplies, and of course candy.

But did you know you can also find some great options for your dog too?

Here is what I look out for a big box stores like Target and Walmart:

Holiday Themed Dog Clothes

Was your dog not a fan of his or her Halloween costume this year? Why not pick one up super cheap for next year? Plus let’s face it, dogs don’t really care what they are wearing. It if keeps them warm when they are cold, great! Otherwise they like to run naked and free. Do keep an eye out for costumes and clothes that are multi-purpose use. I picked up a Jester collar for Luna and Cousin Keto that I plan to have them wear around New Years. Fancy dresses and winter sweaters are also fairly frequent around Christmas time.

For costumes, also keep an eye out at craft stores and more. This year I saw a whole section dedicated to dog Halloween costumes at my local Michael’s.

Inexpensive Dog Collars

No dog only has one collar in their lifetime and I personally think it is a great idea to have a few backups on hand. Plus, many holiday themed collars can be worn for more than just the holiday without looking too out of season and if they are a season or two behind, I won’t judge. After all I shamelessly wear my Christmas pajamas all year round. This year I picked up a few orange collars – one reflective and one glittery – for only about 50 cents each. They each had a pumpkin charm, but that can easily be removed for non Halloween wear!

Halloween Clearance Finds - Costumes and Collars!

Halloween Clearance Finds – Costumes and Collars!

Cheap Dog Toys

There is nothing worse than spending $10 on a toy your dog rips apart in two minutes. If you have a professional toy destuffer like I do, then clearance holiday toys are like shiny precious Christmas gifts. My recommendation is buy as many toys as you can because after a few minutes you won’t be able to tell that the toy was a bat… or wait, was that Santa Claus?

Stuffed Animals

Discounted stuffed animals can also be great for dogs to play with tear apart and might even be easier to find than regular dog toys around Valentine’s Day and Christmas. If you do find a great deal on stuffed animals, there are a few things to check for. You want to make sure the toy has no hard plastic eyes or other plastic pieces. You also don’t want any beanie babies or bean filled toys. Both of these are be safety hazards. Keep an eye out of small pieces like the ears and noses that can be chewed off and eaten and remove all tags before playtime.

Baby Clothes

Onesies and other baby clothing items make great last minute costumes and winter wear for dogs. The best part? You can check the clearance racks year round for these deals!

Last Year's Christmas Clearance Finds - Toys, Toys, and more Toys!

Last Year’s Christmas Clearance Finds – Toys, Toys, and more Toys!

Don’t forget to check out the clearance section at your local pet stores too. In addition to clothes and toys, you will be more likely to find holiday treats too. As long as the treats aren’t expired and meet your dog’s dietary restrictions, they should be good to go. Don’t worry about the seasonal flavors if you can get them at a good price. I’m pretty sure Luna will eat everything any time of the year.

What is your best clearance find?

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Jessica Shipman
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