The Fabs’ Favorite Christmas Shopping Tips & Suggestions!
I love Christmas Shopping! I’m mostly done with mine though, so I thought I’d take the time to put together a list of tips and suggestions for those of you that still have some shopping to do.
Watch for hot deals & clearance throughout the year and keep a secret stash of gifts. Just be sure that you don’t overdo it. Keep track of what you have bought, set limits and a budget.
Look for gifts on your list at stores that sell gently used toys and other things.
Shop Black Friday deals. Here are our Black Friday Shopping Tips.
Track your purchases…Cathy likes to use the calendar notes on 12/25 on her google calendar. She keeps a list of what she’s purchased, as well as clothing sizes, and everything else.
Make a list…and check it twice. Stick to the items on your list & focus on finding the best deals on those things.
Shop around, check out ads, and compare prices online to try to find the best price. I always price check on Amazon.
Shop early in the day to avoid crowded stores and long lines. Or shop online!
When shopping online, use a shopping portal when possible (like Ebates) to earn cash back on your purchases!
Pack snacks or a lunch for your big shopping trips.
Not sure if it is the lowest price? Know the return policies in case you find an item cheaper somewhere else. Also, Walmart is offering a Christmas Price Guarantee.
Set a budget & stick to it. Decide how much you can spend total and how much you want to spend per person.
If the budget is tight, separate needs from wants. Try to make some of the things you need into fun gifts!
Consider the gift of service. Sometimes doing something nice for a loved one is better than giving a gift that they might not even like!
Get creative and make homemade gifts!
For the kids (and maybe husbands too), try to get things that they will not tire of easily and quickly, and consider quality vs. quantity.