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The Top 15 Holiday Shopping Tips To Stay Sane This Season!! 🎄🎄

posted in Shopping
11/26/2013
  • One drawback is that I don’t love shopping any time of the year … holidays included. I know I can’t be the only one, so I collected my top 15 holiday shopping tips. Follow these, and stay sane, my friends! If these don’t work, then pour yourself a glass of mulled wine and sit quietly by the fire.
    One drawback is that I don’t love shopping any time of the year … holidays included. I know I can’t be the only one, so I collected my top 15 holiday shopping tips. Follow these, and stay sane, my friends! If these don’t work, then pour yourself a glass of mulled wine and sit quietly by the fire.
  • 1.	Shop early

If you shop this month, you’ll save yourself a lot of stress. The closer we get to Christmas, the more packed every retail establishment will be.
    1. Shop early

    If you shop this month, you’ll save yourself a lot of stress. The closer we get to Christmas, the more packed every retail establishment will be.
  • 2. Don’t shop on Thanksgiving

Make a statement: vote with your pocketbook, and do not go shopping on Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is a time to be with family. Save your shopping for the next day.
    2. Don’t shop on Thanksgiving

    Make a statement: vote with your pocketbook, and do not go shopping on Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is a time to be with family. Save your shopping for the next day.
  • 3.	Set spending limits and do not break them

Give yourself a budget for “total holiday expenditures” and do not exceed it. Keep track when you buy someone something and deduct that from your total holiday spending.
    3. Set spending limits and do not break them

    Give yourself a budget for “total holiday expenditures” and do not exceed it. Keep track when you buy someone something and deduct that from your total holiday spending.
  • 4.	Wrap presents immediately after getting home

This is a psychological trick. If you wrap presents and put nametags on them after you get home, that person is officially “done” and you stop thinking about ways to supplement their gift.
    4. Wrap presents immediately after getting home

    This is a psychological trick. If you wrap presents and put nametags on them after you get home, that person is officially “done” and you stop thinking about ways to supplement their gift.
  • 5.	Don’t be tempted to buy something just to buy something

Retailers are fantastic this time of year at making everything look irresistible. Ignore them! My weakness is all the cool stuff at Starbucks. But I definitely do not need another Christmas mug, nor does anyone else on my list.
    5. Don’t be tempted to buy something just to buy something

    Retailers are fantastic this time of year at making everything look irresistible. Ignore them! My weakness is all the cool stuff at Starbucks. But I definitely do not need another Christmas mug, nor does anyone else on my list.
  • 6.	Make a list and check it twice

List everyone who is getting a gift. Do not veer off this list. Do not add to the list simply because you see something that will make a distant coworker smile. Keep it in check.
    6. Make a list and check it twice

    List everyone who is getting a gift. Do not veer off this list. Do not add to the list simply because you see something that will make a distant coworker smile. Keep it in check.
  • 7.	Research online

Once you have your list, you can start to think about the right present for the right person. That way, you can get a feel for how much money to ballpark when you’re out shopping downtown. If you don’t find anything when you’re out and about in person, you can check online!
    7. Research online

    Once you have your list, you can start to think about the right present for the right person. That way, you can get a feel for how much money to ballpark when you’re out shopping downtown. If you don’t find anything when you’re out and about in person, you can check online!
  • 8.	Don’t forget about small businesses

Small Business Saturday is a promotion by American Express that encourages shoppers to visit small, local shops. I’d argue that we should be shopping small before we go anywhere else! Our retail dollars matter so much more to the person who has one shop
    8. Don’t forget about small businesses

    Small Business Saturday is a promotion by American Express that encourages shoppers to visit small, local shops. I’d argue that we should be shopping small before we go anywhere else! Our retail dollars matter so much more to the person who has one shop
  • 9.	Black Friday might be okay

I know that there are deals to be had at 4 in the morning. Check your circulars, see if anything on mega discount is something already on your list. Then, get some coffee and go if you want. I’ll be back at home, keeping the couch warm.
    9. Black Friday might be okay

    I know that there are deals to be had at 4 in the morning. Check your circulars, see if anything on mega discount is something already on your list. Then, get some coffee and go if you want. I’ll be back at home, keeping the couch warm.
  • 10.	Cyber Monday is better!

What do you want to do after a long weekend with family? Shop online from your desk at work, it seems. Cyber Monday is a huge day for online retailers, and some offer unbelievable deals. Again, though, only buy things on your list!
    10. Cyber Monday is better!

    What do you want to do after a long weekend with family? Shop online from your desk at work, it seems. Cyber Monday is a huge day for online retailers, and some offer unbelievable deals. Again, though, only buy things on your list!
  • 11.	Eliminate the $10 Gift and DIY instead

You know the people on your list that get something generic? Your kids' teachers or the person at work who signs for packages. They don’t need your $10 gift, trust me. Instead, make something for them. Check out my gingerbread in a jar tip, it's great gift
    11. Eliminate the $10 Gift and DIY instead

    You know the people on your list that get something generic? Your kids' teachers or the person at work who signs for packages. They don’t need your $10 gift, trust me. Instead, make something for them. Check out my gingerbread in a jar tip, it's great gift
  • 12.	Secret Santa

If you have a large family, do a Secret Santa instead of trying to buy gifts for everyone. You can swap families or individuals. That way, your list gets shorter and you can buy things everyone wants instead of things you can afford.
    12. Secret Santa

    If you have a large family, do a Secret Santa instead of trying to buy gifts for everyone. You can swap families or individuals. That way, your list gets shorter and you can buy things everyone wants instead of things you can afford.
  • 13.	Don’t be afraid to regift

This is a touchy subject (seriously!) so if you have strong feelings against it, skip it. But if you got a gift you’re not going to use, you can easily give it to someone else. Be careful to keep the circles completely separate, though, if you want to avoid hurt feelin
    13. Don’t be afraid to regift

    This is a touchy subject (seriously!) so if you have strong feelings against it, skip it. But if you got a gift you’re not going to use, you can easily give it to someone else. Be careful to keep the circles completely separate, though, if you want to avoid hurt feelin
  • 14.	When in doubt, a gift card trumps cash

If you end up with someone on  your list who is impossible to shop for (and there’s one in every crowd!), go with a gift card. A gift card is better than cash because it at least forces them to spend the money on something instead of absorbing the cash!
    14. When in doubt, a gift card trumps cash

    If you end up with someone on your list who is impossible to shop for (and there’s one in every crowd!), go with a gift card. A gift card is better than cash because it at least forces them to spend the money on something instead of absorbing the cash!
  • 15.	Save money on gift cards

Companies offer incentives this time of year. “Buy a $20 gift card and get a $5 one for yourself!” If you can’t find one, there’s always the secondary gift card market, where people who got gift cards to places they can’t go sell them at a discount.
    15. Save money on gift cards

    Companies offer incentives this time of year. “Buy a $20 gift card and get a $5 one for yourself!” If you can’t find one, there’s always the secondary gift card market, where people who got gift cards to places they can’t go sell them at a discount.
  • I hope you enjoyed this Tip!! Please feel free to leave your feedback in the comments!! Thank you!! 💖😄✌️

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