It’s time to say goodbye to the long days and warm summer nights and say hello to fall. Fall’s such a wonderful time of year, the weathers nice and the holiday’s are right around the corner. Unfortunately the holidays can become extremely costly.
This year you don’t have to break the bank holiday shopping. There’s some easy steps you can follow to save money on your holiday shopping this year. If you’re wondering how to survive the holiday’s without busting your budget and going crazy this year follow these shopping survival tips.
- Set a budget. Start out by making a listing and checking it twice. Wondering what to put on your list? You’ll include who you’re buying gifts for, remember holiday shopping is about others. If you’re like me it’s hard to resist buying yourself a little holiday gift while you’re out. Don’t do it, you’ll save money if you can resist from buying for yourself. I know it’s hard, it’s almost natural to see an awesome deal and want to take advantage of it. Don’t do it!!!!! Once you have your list made, and know how many people you’ll be buying for figure out how much you can afford to spend on each person. Divide it up, keep in mind you’ll probably spend more money on your children than Mary at work. It’s important to come up with an over all budget for the holidays.
- Take advantage of the technology at your fingertips. If you jump on your laptop, or cell phone you can get a range of discounts from different retailers. There are tons of sites that gather deals and steals and post them to help us save money, such as MyDeals.com. There are tons of apps for your Smartphone’s, you’ll even find apps to help you save if you’re a Black Friday shopper.
- Start now, don’t wait. I know so many people enjoy Black Friday shopping, but really how much do you save and is it worth fighting with the crowds. There’s often better sales before and after Black Friday. Retailers are increasingly trying to spread the word of savings, they’re always trying to earn more money. Look for deals, if you don’t want to take part in Black Friday shopping, be sure to check out Cyber Monday shopping.
- Be creative. Sometimes it truly the thought that counts, and homemade gifts from the heart are more valuable. Think about certain family members or friends that would appreciate cookies, fudge, candles, and gift from the heart. Be creative, have the kids make something for grandma, aunts, uncles, etc.
- Social Media and Bloggers. Let’s face it, that’s our job! Spread the word of awesome deals, products and services. Following your favorite brands and bloggers online can help you become aware of special savings.
- Discount Codes. Before you buy, search. Is there a discount code available for the product you’re purchasing. Maybe you’ll save an extra 10-50%, or maybe free shipping, either way its money saved.
There are ways to save money on your holiday shopping, don’t be stuck in debit over the holidays. Don’t overspend, set you budget and stick to it, be creative and gift from the heart. It’s important to remember and teach our children that the holidays are about more than just the gifts.