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 advanceย 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.ย 

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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Jenn Mitchell is a proud mom, wife and adventure seeker. Sheโ€™s traveled either solo or with family to 20 countries and 36 U.S. states so far. A former personal trainer, Jenn looks for ways to keep her family fit and active both at home and on the road. Her goal is to inspire other moms and families to live happy and healthy lives.

This Post Has 244 Comments

  1. Teresa McCluskey

    I always have to shop alone! You would think having my children with me is worst but no its my husband! My daughters have him wrapped around their tiny fingers and he is always begging to get them every toy in the store!

    1. Jenn

      My father used to be like that with me. I am more the softy in my family.

  2. Barb W.

    I’m looking forward to the preview event! As my children are older, it’s harder for me to gauge what will be good for nieces, nephews and my grand daughter so I find instore events very helpful!

  3. Dee

    I loved these tips, and yes, shopping alone is essential! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Esther Irish

    Can low stress and holiday really be in the same sentence? lol I’m all for making those days easier!

  5. Stephanie Pass

    These are awesome tips to stay on top of holiday shopping. I swear it creeps up on me every year, lol.

  6. Annette Belnap

    These are such great tips. Thanks for sharing your ideas with us. I’m excited for Christmas this year!

  7. LOVE these tips! Anything low-stress is definitely right up my alley! I like shopping early because it’s easier to enjoy the season with everything else done.

  8. Bertha Brown

    You said it best about shopping alone! It’s almost impossible to get shopping done with the girls running around and asking for everything. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Melinda Dunne

    I love these helpful tips. I totally agree with shopping alone, shopping crowds and children don’t mix.

  10. reesa lewandowski

    YES to shopping alone! Too stressful when all you hear is “i want that” or “i need that”!

  11. Emily

    I love escaping the craziness of the holidays and shopping alone for a bit! Great tips.

  12. Farrah

    Starting early is the best tool for me! My two step-brothers and I have FOUR kids each, so there’s a lot of people to buy for!

  13. Amanda H

    We always try to shop alone but sometimes it’s hard!

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    Thanks for the great tips!

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    Around Thanksgiving, I’ve shopped with my sister for all the sales. I would use this prize for Christmas shopping.

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    I would buy pajamas for my kids.

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    I’d buy things needed for my kids for winter that they need more than one of like mittens, hats, etc.

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    With Christmas just around the corner, this would be swallowed up by that ever expanding budget!!

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    My grandson turns 7 on January 31st so if I win I would buy something for his birthday.

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  31. Janet W.

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  32. Emeryl

    I’ll buy my niece a Christmas gift!

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  34. Amanda

    I’d put it toward some essentials.

  35. DorothyJ Boucher

    I’m probably going to buy food, I have had a few things happen in my life and i’m definitely short .

  36. Tracie Cooper

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  37. Mary Cloud

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    I will buy movies.

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    I would buy Christmas gifts.

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    I do not know what I would buy

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    If I were lucky enough to win, I would use it towards buying Christmas gifts for my daughter.

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    If I won I’d like to get a head start on stocking stuffers for my kids

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    I will buy groceries.

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    The very last thing on my daughter’s wish list. Amibo cards for her Animal Crossing game.

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    I would give it to my daughter-in-law for my grand kids!

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    What will you buy if you win?

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  112. Edye

    I’d get a gift for a loved one!

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    I would buy a present for my niece.

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    I will buy stocking stuffers if I win.

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    I would buy some new Christmas Flannel sheets

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    I would put it toward a Fitbit for my hubby for Christmas!

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    I would put this towards a pair of boots my son wants for Christmas.

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    I would buy gifts.

  125. Anastasia

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    I would buy some craft items for my little niece

  127. Donna Teller

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  128. Susan Chester

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  129. Alisa Jenkins

    If I won, I would go spend it at the new Marshall’s that is about to open in town. Not sure exactly what I’d get, but I know I will find something there!!
    I like shopping with my hubby, its fun, and plus its his money I’d be spending anyway. LOL

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    some supplements for my dogs

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    I need some warm winter gloves

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    A Christmas present for my niece

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    Thanks for the contest.

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  145. crystal mccord

    I would buy a gift for my girls.

  146. wen budro

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  147. Beth Minyard

    I would put it towards Christmas gifts

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    Giving to a family member ๐Ÿ™‚

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  163. Chantelle Walker

    go towards winter boots for mom

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    Having just moved back home to MI, my one-year old could really use some snow proof clothes! lol

  165. Sarh S

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    I would buy my daughter a My Generation doll.

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    I will most likely use it for Christmas shopping.

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    I would use this toward groceries.

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    i would buy Christmas gifts. I hardly have gotten anything yet.

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    I would love to put this towards my grandsons present.

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    maybe a gift for someone.

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  174. Lisa Williams

    I would use it towards a Christmas gift.

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    I would use the prize toward Christmas shopping for my family.

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    I would use it towards a gift for a loved one.

  177. MelodyJ

    I will buy some skincare.

  178. Heather Kaufman

    I would buy books for my kids.

  179. Shirley Emitt

    I would use this toward Christmas gifts, socks, book,etc.

  180. Hollie Jahnke

    I would use it toward a Christmas present for one of my kids.

  181. Susan Smith

    I would buy a new pair of gloves.

  182. Sara Floyd

    I’d get my daughter a present

  183. carol clark

    use it for a gift like it will be a gift

  184. connie danielson

    Thanks for the chance to win this awesome giveaway! If I win, I would buy myself a new pair of shoes!

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    I would put this towards the earpods my daughter wants so badly for Christmas.

  186. Karen A.

    I’d put it toward a Christmas gift for one of my granddaughters.

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    I’d use it to buy a wallet for my husband…for a stocking stuffer.

  188. Jackie

    I’ll buy something for my daughter for Christmas. Not sure just what yet…
    Thank you!

  189. Miranda Sherman

    I would put it towards our Christmas shopping and the kids presents.

  190. Miranda Sherman

    This would be so helpful in affording our presents this year. I would put it towards our Christmas shopping and the kids presents.

  191. Allison Swain

    I will put it towards christmas shopping list.

    Thank you for the chance to win!

  192. Jennifer R

    I would use the gift towards stocking stuffers for my kids. Any type of beauty product would be good for my teens.

  193. Rosie

    This are good tips. I usually do handmade, but couldn’t this year, so I’m doing food gift baskets, everyone has different tastes. It is fun!

  194. Leela

    Dvds and books.

  195. I’m never sure what I’d buy until the time comes…probably some books for me and my sweet hubby. Thanks and God Bless!

  196. Karla R.

    I would buy one of my Christmas gifts!

  197. Molli Taylor

    i would just keep it on hand for coffees when im out.

  198. Sylvia

    I would put it towards new pajamas for my kids.

  199. Diane

    I would probably use it towards groceries

  200. Linda Walker

    I would put it towards Christmas gifts.

  201. latisha depoortere

    I would use it to buy a gift for christmas for my mom!

  202. Karen DeVaney

    I will buy a pair of jeans.

  203. Christy Leonard

    If I won I would buy Christmas Gifts for my daughter

  204. Sherry Fowler

    I would use it for Christmas

  205. Carol Moore

    A Christmas gift for my son.

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    I would use it towards my husband big gift

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    I would gift it to my nephew!

  208. Daniel M

    would use for holiday shopping

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    Something for my new house.

  210. Helen

    I would probably get something for my little girl for Christmas.

  211. Kate F.

    I would buy Christmas presents.

  212. Bridgett Wilbur

    I would buy some stocking stuffers for the kids.

  213. Laura DeLaRosa

    If I win it would go towards groceries.

  214. Claire McKeon

    I would put it towards the food budget for Christmas dinner!

  215. Carolyn Daley

    I would use the gift card on Christmas presents.

  216. Tiana Senn

    Homeschool materials!
    Thank you for this awesome giveaway! =)

  217. Breanne

    I would buy gloves.

  218. LeAnn Harbert

    I will get my granddaughters some new books for Christmas

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    My daughter wants a go pro for Christmas, I’d put it towards that

  220. adriana

    christmas gift.

  221. Paula Pennachio

    If I win this because I’ll use the money to get Mom a candle or some lotion

  222. Jason Cullum

    I would use it to buy some gifts for Christmas.

  223. Linda K

    I would buy a new sweater.

  224. BRIAN E.

    …would use e-gift card towards a pair of water-proof running shoes !!!

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    I would love to win

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    I would purchase a hat & glove set.

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    I would buy books

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    I would buy a pair of boots.

  229. Candie L

    I need to buy my son a new blanket. Do not laugh. He is away at college; when he comes home for breaks he never brings his blanket. I need to have a nice one in his room at all times instead of scrounging something up last minute

  230. Hesper Fry

    I would use it toward Christmas gifts for my daughters.

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    I would buy Christmas presents with it.

  232. AEKZ2

    I would buy some beauty products for my daughter.

  233. Rosanne

    I would buy a Christmas gift for my granddaughter

  234. Sarah Oswald

    It I was lucky enough to win I would use it towards Christmas gifts for my sons thanks for the chance to win it.

  235. Megan Wilson

    I will buy my husband thermal clothes for his new job, if I win!

  236. Jerry Marquardt

    I am in great need of a nice new bicycle to get my nephew for his birthday. This prize would help out in making the upgrade.

  237. Buddy Garrett

    I would buy Buddy a new pet bed.

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