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Low Stress & Money Saving Holiday Shopping Tips

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Low Stress & Money Saving Holiday Shopping Tips

Yup, it’s that time of year again. Time to start planning for holiday shopping. Before you know it, holiday decorations will be up at every store to remind you that your shopping deadlines are fast approaching. For many, this can become a very stressful time of year. Here are my tips for minimizing stress for your holiday shopping.

Start Early

I plan on doing this every year, yet time gets away from me, well not THIS year. I am starting early with my planning and shopping. It’s often when you are not officially looking that you find the perfect gift for someone. Go ahead and pick it up. You’ll be happy to have some people off your list come the busy season. Just make sure to keep an inventory of what you have purchased in advance and keep them in a good hiding place.

Make a List

It’s common sense right, buy how often do you forget someone? Start making your lists now and remember people that you might be giving tips to like babysitters, postal carrier, paper delivery person, etc. Write the estimated money you want to spend on each person to help you stick to your budget.

Shop Online

Keep an eye out all year long. You may be shopping for something for yourself and notice a link or ad that catches your eye for someone on your list. Take a look. You may find a great deal as an item is going out of stock or out of season. I also recommend shopping on Cyber Monday! It is a great day to get amazing deals and typically free shipping as well. 

Shop alone

If at all possible, take some time to shop alone. Having kids in tow can be a nightmare for holiday shopping. Bring them along if you are picking something special for daddy or grandma, but try to leave them home when shopping for others on your list. If your birthday is around the holidays, which mine is, I ask for a “retail therapy” day from my family so that I can shop on my own.

Do Your Research

Especially if you are buying high end goods, check online research and reputable retailers for feedback on the best buys. I use Consumer Reports a lot and you can also check reviews on popular online shopping sites. Comparison shop to get the best prices too. There are online sites like Pricegrabber.com that can help with this.

Don’t forget about Food Gifts

Homemade cookies, cupcakes, pies and other snacks make excellent inexpensive gifts. These are wonderful for neighbors who will appreciate the effort you made.

 

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