The holidays are upon us! The changing of the leaves, twinkling lights, and shining tinsel add magic to the air. But the impending doom that is holiday shopping may dampen that magic.
That’s where I come in. Not to brag but I am a bit of a pro when it comes to holiday shopping on a budget.I have a few tips and tricks that aid me through the process of holiday shopping that I’d like to share with you!
1. Make a list of who you need to shop for:
Writing anything down helps me remember it better in the long run. By writing down who I’d like to buy gifts for, it gives me a visual to go off of. It also helps me mark off a person after I’ve bought all the gifts I wanted to.
2. Set a budget:
This may be the most obvious step but it is easier said than done. I have a tendency to go all out for Christmas even when my budget tells me I should limit how much I’m spending. By setting a per person budget, that has helped keep me in line somewhat. It also provides peace of mind because you know roughly how much you’ll be spending for that season as a guideline.
3. Take advantage of sales:
Some people love to shop throughout the year so when the holidays come, they’re done. I on the other hand don’t start my shopping until Black Friday. Amazon, Target, Walmart, and Best Buy all have incredible deals on both Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Take advantage of these and you can get more bang for your buck. Their ads are already out so if you wanted to get ahead of the game you can make a game plan of what to buy. The best part? You don’t have to leave your house to take advantage of these knockout savings.
4. Remember it isn’t all about gifts:
Even though my family has reiterated this point to me a million times, I always put pressure on myself to try and get as much as possible. What really counts is the thought. Even if you can only get a $20 gift card or a few fun things from discount shops, what matters is that you took time out of your day and money out of your wallet to show someone a little love around the holidays.
The holidays are a special time to curl up and watch your favorite holiday movies, drink your favorite holiday drinks, and soak up time with your loved ones. Don’t let the pressures of holiday shopping take any of that away.
Also published on Medium.