Let me let you in on a little secret, there are actually several times per year when you can purchase snacks, treats and other “busy bag” items for your kids’ road trip travel bags at a mere fraction of the cost. It’s true. Just yesterday I was able to pick up these coloring book and crayon sets or only $0.40, which are perfect for “on the road” self entertainment. They are compact, have everything they need in one place and can shut close to prevent messes and make for better travel. The only thing that makes them $0.40 instead of $4.99? They had hearts on them and cute valentines sayings.
Here is another great find. Check out this 24 pack of mini coloring books I purchased at Walmart for only $1 (originally $4.88)! Inside there are 24 individually wrapped mini coloring books with two crayons and a sticker. These are perfect for keeping in my purse to use for long waits, pre-dinner amusement or whenever a distraction is needed. What made these so cheap? Two weeks ago they were sold as valentine goodies.
What’s the Secret?
It’s simple. Shop the after holiday sales and re-purpose.
After the holiday’s, many of the stores we shop at will place the unsold holiday merchandise on sale for 50%, 75% and 90% off the original price. This is a great time to look for things that can be re-purposed into easy road trip helpers.
What to Look For:
There are so many different “holiday” things that can be used or travel. Great things to look for are snacks (individually wrapped and bulk), craft supplies, small individually wrapped activity packs. For instance, these individual wrapped packs of pretzels were originally sold for valentines, however they also work great for quick snacks on the go. Plus, how lucky were we to find Disney themed snacks for our Disney road trip coming up?
The wonderful point of this whole idea is that here in the US we are hardly ever without a holiday. When one ends, another one is there to take it’s place. Most of these things can also be purchased now (or after the next holiday) and set aside until your next trip begins. If you make a habit out of shoping the after holiday sales, then when you are ready to take a trip, you’ll already be prepared with snacks and busy work to keep your kids occupied on the long car ride. I like to create a cupboard in my storage room where I keep all of these road trip finds. That way, when we are about to head out on a trip the kids can go through and pick out a few things to put into their “busy bags”.
So keep your eyes open. You never know what you will be able to find after the holidays that can help you make travel more affordable for your family. It’s all about when and how you look at things.