Smart Strategies for Holiday Shopping

Dated: December 6 2023

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'Tis the season to spend wisely! With inflated prices, soaring gas costs, and the temptation to splurge, sticking to your budget during the holiday shopping season can be challenging. Here are some savvy holiday shopping strategies to help you manage your spending while still finding the perfect gifts for everyone on your list.
Make a List and Check it Twice
Apply the grocery shopping principle to your holiday gift hunt. A carefully crafted list helps you make responsible decisions and avoids unnecessary purchases that catch your eye[1].
Compare Prices
Leverage the convenience of apps and the internet for effortless comparison shopping. Use tools like ShopSavvy and BuyVia to find the best deals with just a few clicks[1].
Don’t Shop Alone
Bring a friend along to keep you on track. Share your budget and gift priorities, and let your friend gently remind you to stay within budget. This tactic is particularly useful for BOGO offers where you can split costs[1].
Take Advantage of Rebates and Refunds
Turn shopping into a money-making venture by using rebate apps like Earny or Rakuten. Get cash back for every purchase and enjoy additional savings[1].
Buy Discounted Gift Cards
Save time and money by purchasing discounted gift cards from sites like GiftDeals. You can find cards for popular brands, and the recipients won't know you got them at a lower price[1].
Shop with Coupons
Forget the scissors – find online coupons on sites like RetailMeNot or use browser extensions like Honey to automatically apply discounts during online shopping[1].
Shop Early
Avoid the holiday rush and potential overspending by completing your shopping well before the season kicks in. Early shopping with a clear head leads to responsible spending decisions[6].
Buy Electronics on Black Friday or Cyber Monday
Reserve your electronics purchases for Black Friday or Cyber Monday. While other items may have better deals at different times, these days often offer the steepest discounts on TVs, laptops, and audio equipment[4].
Remember, a well-thought-out approach can make your holiday shopping both enjoyable and budget-friendly.
🌐 Sources
CNBC - Ways to Save on Holiday Shopping
Discovery Federal Credit Union - Tips and Trends for Holiday Shopping 2023
CBS News - Inflation is driving up gift prices. Use these tips to avoid...
ET Online - Holiday Gift Guide 2023: The Best Holiday Shopping...
CNBC - Tips to Help Holiday Shoppers Save Money and Avoid Debt...
Google Blog - The Holiday 100: A gift guide for everyone on your list
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