Four Money Savings Tips For Holiday Shopping

By Purex | Nov. 26, 2012 | Tips & Tricks

It’s that time of year again, the holiday season. And as you make your shopping list (and check it twice) chances are you’re also going to set a spending budget. Yes, while the holiday season is filled with joy, the thought of going over budget and the task of getting everything on your list can be quite stressful! Luckily, it doesn’t have to be this way – take it from us. Read on for four tips on how to get everything on your list while coming in under budget.
Start Early:
While many consider Black Friday as the official beginning of the holiday shopping season, let it be known that you can find just as good – if not better – deals in the weeks and months leading up to the famed post-Thanksgiving shopping day. So scour the ads carefully and pick up items before the mad rush of Black Friday. Then you can sit back as your friends are up at 3 a.m. racing everyone else for that hot item you bought weeks ago.
Shop Online:
Shopping online can be a huge money-saver. For one, you’re not spending gas money and your precious time out at the mall shopping for the items on your list. And secondly, you can often score better deals online and purchase your items with free shipping. If you really want to save money on your holiday shopping (not to mention stress and time), it’s a wise way to go, maybe not for all, but for some items.
Currently, our society is in the “maker movement,” where people are doing more things themselves rather than buying it already made. So if you have home decor items on your shopping list, before you shop for them, head on out to your local craft store and see if you can purchase the supplies to make it yourself. Although you’ll have to put a little bit of effort into the project, it can save you tens of dollars on the gift itself. This all adds up.
There’s an App for That:
What isn’t there an app for these days? If you own a smartphone, take advantage of the technology. Download apps from your local retail stores and check it weekly to see what deals or items are on-sale. Also, use QR codes to your advantage. Some apps allow you to compare prices on a store-by-store basis with a simple scan of the QR code, so you can be sure you’re getting the item for the least possible price in your area.
Following the aforementioned tips you can get the items you need for the lowest prices possible, all while reducing your holiday season stress in the process. And what could be better than coming in under budget on your holiday shopping and not having to play catch-up on your credit card bills come the New Year? It’s a win-win.