10 Holiday Shopping Tips
Jingle bell holiday is almost here, it is time to unearth the 10 holiday shopping tips. You can become the gifting guru while keeping your finances in check. With these great shopping tips, you should be able to find the perfect gifts and avoid rush of holiday shopping.
- Create lists of the people and parties for the holiday that you expect to give and attend. In order not to forget special people whom you always give a holiday present at this time of year, your list will help you remember them. Parties are common at this time of year too and you may want to give a good gift to the host this time and not just a cheap wine.
- Allot a budget for each holiday gift you buy. This would give you an approximate amount how much to spend for each gift you will buy so you can estimate how much budget you should make for gift buying.
- Ensure not to go beyond your allotment. The main purpose for the allotment is to let you manage your budget better. If you find a gift that is over your estimated allotment, go find other items that will suit your budget. Allowing yourself to get carried away with impulse buying may be dangerous to your budget.
- While shopping, give way to prices. The essence of giving gift is giving one that the person receiving it can make use of what they receive. People do not really look at the price of the gifts they receive but the pleasure comes whenever they receive something they will like and find useful.
- Wrap your own gift. Wrapping your own gifts is a lot less expensive and you can add your own unique styles. You can always buy ready-made boxes that you can decorate on your own. This gives your gift with a personal touch that the receiver will sure to appreciate.
- Do not rush shopping. This may sound contrary to ‘Holiday rush’ but then, rushing would only leave you with products that are either overpriced or faulty returns. Plan ahead of time when and what to buy. Do not go on weekends as the crowd tends to flock the malls. Shopping weeks or months before the holiday will give you better options and great ideas of what to buy minus the stress of planning and rushing to buy gifts.
- Take of the exchange policy of the store where you buy your holiday presents. You can possibly return and exchange defective products just in case. This will ensure that you are not wasting your money for buying something useless.
- Keep all the receipts. This will help you keep track of where you bought the items in case you need an exchange and it will help you keep tabs of how much you already spent.
- Consider layaway plans. If you are planning to give a special gift and you do not want to max out your credit card or cash, layaway plans give the opportunity for you to buy that very special gift. You only need to pay in installment basis but make sure to read the store policy for this plan.
- Buy in cash. This is the most effective means of keeping close to your budget and not going over it. Buying in credit can often lure people to buy more than they can afford. Cash is a tangent reminder on how much you spend and how much money left you have in your budget.