Friends, like many of you I headed out ot the mall yesterday to check out the sales. I have to say I was not impressed. I found for the most part in the major department store chains that the sales were not as good as or just the same as they were before Christmas. I bought my son some fleece pull overs for Christmas from Macy's and they were the same price yesterday as they were 1 week ago. An item I purchased at Sears last week was marked down 25% off yesterday. I got it for 30% off a week ago. At JC Penney the discount on purses was 40% off yesterday. The same purses have been on sale for 50% off all through the holiday shopping season. Now there are bargains to be had out there but I am going to hold off buying until after the 1st of the year. That is when the deeper discounts will take effect. My husband has gotten wise on waiting until after the first the last several years. My birthday is January 5th and he has learned to wait until the fourth or fifth to go out shopping for my gift. That way he comes home with not only a great gift but a great bargain story to share as well. I can't wait to see what it is this year! For now happy shopping!

Laurie, TheBag Lady