Admit it, you need holiday shopping tips to save money and keep your sanity. Everyone does. Holiday shopping is stressful and sucks all the cash from your wallet faster than a Dyson vacuum cleaner. If you’re like I was years ago, you race off to the store, buy whatever looks good, and get out of dodge. Once you get home, however, you realize you need to make another trip to the store. But, you don’t. Instead, you put it off until Christmas Eve, facing off against the gauntlet of holiday shoppers who also procrastinated. When it’s all over, your bank account hurts harder than a punch in the face by Mike Tyson.
The good news is it doesn’t have to be that way. All you have to do is make a few changes, follow these financial tips for the holidays, and Christmas shopping can be easy, quick, and might even save you a few bucks along the way. Ready to be a better shopper and tackle your holiday shopping like a boss? Then check out these Holiday Shopping Tips To Save Money and Keep Your Sanity!
Remember the gift receipt.
Take it from someone who hates collecting receipts and recoils when they’re offered, it’s important to ask for both a receipt and gift receipt. Sometimes they don’t offer them to you, and you have to ask for it. Don’t forget. Though it’s not polite to say out loud, everyone wants a gift receipt and internally sighs in relief when they see it inside the gift box.
Be wary of shopping apps.
Shopping apps abound, telling you they have great products and the best deals, but in reality, they really just want to harvest your information. Before you download any shopping apps, check what information and permission they’re requesting. A little research on the app you’re thinking about installing doesn’t hurt.
Look online for promo codes.
Whether at Groupon, RetailMeNot, or some other website, several sites have coupons and promo codes available for free. Sometimes, all it takes is to search for the product you want a deal on and see if it has a promo code available.
Remember wrapping paper and cards.
Along with remembering the gift receipts, you’ll want to load up on wrapping paper and cards. Even if you have extra at home, it doesn’t hurt to purchase a new roll of fresh wrapping paper and a couple good cards. These items are the easiest to find and pick out but also to forget. So, don’t be like me, get home, and cry out in frustration that you forgot the wrapping paper.
A majority of Christmas presents are things you put under tree. They don’t last, though, and face it, most of the stuff we give for Christmas is shoved in a closet or replaced after a year. Rather, buy experiences for your friends and family like tickets to a Broadway show or maybe those guitar lessons your son has been begging you for. Experiences last a lifetime.