Campus Cope: In the post-valentine world, the liquidation section is our best friend

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The only time I liked Valentine’s Day was in elementary school. I remember rushing to the stores to buy some Valentine’s Day candies and those little cards with Valentine’s Day puns. Valentine’s Day hasn’t been the same since, but I’ve since found another way to celebrate Valentine’s Day, even without a significant other.

The day after Valentine’s Day is a great day to go to different stores and visit their clearance section. If not the next day, any time after February 14 is ideal. The clearance section is our best friend during the holidays. It offers a warm, comforting and even better atmosphere at a reduced price. This is the place to be, as chocolates, stuffed animals, candies, and even baked goods are all on sale during this time of year. I remember going to Walgreens on a random day at the end of March and there was always Valentine’s Day candy at ridiculously discounted prices.

Now you might be thinking, “I don’t want all of that chocolates, candies, or baked goods right now,” but most chocolates (like Hershey’s Kisses, which you’re bound to find on clearance) expire in about 11 months. This gives you more than enough time to eat the chocolate on your own or to gift to friends on birthdays or special occasions. When it comes to baked goods, if you are a baker or have friends who bake, purchasing these items and gifting them is a proactive measure when TikTok trends develop. The chocolate covered strawberry trend right now will likely start again next year, and having provisions would be nice!

Some stores that would be good places to look out for are Target, Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, and Rite Aid. Local stores may have their designated clearance section as well, but the stores I mentioned earlier are stores that I know for a fact will carry Valentine’s Day items based on their personal experience. My brother has a birthday a few days after the holidays, and I’ve always managed to find his favorite chocolates on sale. This year I’m going to be looking for items to spoil myself with my favorite chocolate and maybe even buy some baking supplies.

Besides chocolate and candy, other things to watch out for are flowers. If you love flowers, like roses, they will likely get a discount depending on the stores you visit. You don’t have to wait for a loved one to buy flowers for you when you can buy them for yourself. They look good, smell great, and are on sale at a discount. You can buy them and keep them for yourself or give them to family members.

While society has apparently made us believe that this day can only be celebrated with a loved one, it’s also okay to go out and have some fun. Especially now during a global pandemic, if buying discounted chocolate products makes you happy (like me), then go out there and find these deals! The clearance section is our best friend, and who knows, you might find me there too.

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