Holiday Shopping Made Simple
The holidays are on the horizon, and many of us are turning our attentions to holiday shopping by buying gifts and making lists. At Christmas time, there are opportunities to grab amazing bargains. But how can you do this without the hassle of waiting in line for hours? Are you keen to buy incredible gifts at discounted prices? Do you want to shop without negotiating overzealous shoppers and packed malls? If so, here are my tips on holiday shopping made simple – and less stressful.
Make a list in advance
Before you buy anything, make a list of ideas, and work out a budget. Think about how many presents you’ve got to buy and how much you want to spend on each person. Take a trip to the mall at a quiet time of day and jot down some ideas. It’s also a good idea to do some browsing online. When you’ve got a list of items you want to buy, you can start looking for the best deals.
Online shopping is much faster and easier than traipsing around crowded shops trying to find the perfect gift. You don’t need to worry about getting stuck in holiday traffic or queueing to find a parking space. You can log on, find what you want, and add it to your basket.
Shopping online is also a really good way of saving money on your shopping. If you have item specifics, such as a model name for a coffee maker, for example, you can compare prices. All you have to do is enter the name or product code, and you’ll be able to see prices offered by different retailers.
Bide your time
In the run-up to Christmas, you’ll find that stores and online retailers offer discounts to attract customers and boost sales. If you bide your time, you’ll often save money. Check your list, and see if any of the items go on sale. Or sign up for mailing lists and wait to receive coupons and codes via email. If you’re shopping for expensive items like a new TV or a mattress, it often pays to wait for a deal on Black Friday. If you miss out, don’t panic. Cyber Monday, a few days later, often offers another opportunity to save money. If you do choose to brave the stores on Black Friday, make sure you arrive early.
Put money aside now
Money is a source of stress for many us at Christmas time. To avoid paying for everything in December, start saving now. Put aside a lump sum from each paycheck, and set up a holiday gift fund. Spreading the cost will save you stress, and enable you to enjoy the festive period without money worries. If you do a budget, you should be able to determine how much you can afford to save each week or month.
We all love buying gifts for our favorite people. But there’s no doubt that holiday shopping can be stressful. This year, take the hassle out of bargain hunting with these simple tips. Plan ahead, keep a lookout for deals and offers and shop online. Good luck!