If you’re like most women and some men, the holiday season is probably one of your favorite times of the year. But at the same time, it may also be one of the most stressful seasons of the year especially if you haven’t started shopping for your gifts yet.
To survive the holiday rush and the pitfall of busting your budget, below are some of tricks and hacks you can and you should take advantage:
Start with a List
If Santa has a list of the good kids who should receive gifts this Christmas then so should you. Don’t just make any list with names either. When making one, also brainstorm what kind of gifts should you buy for that person. This way, you’ll save time and money when it’s time to hit the mall.
Pay in Cash
When shopping for the holidays, try avoiding using your credit card. You are better paying in cash if you want to save money and steer clear from overspending. Leave your cards behind when you hit mall just to be safe.
Ideally, you should start shopping for gifts as early as you can. A few months before the season should be perfect but a few weeks would do to like right now. Don’t wait until the first day of December before you start shopping for gifts.
If you can’t hit the malls because of your busy schedule, you can always opt to shop online. You can do it from the comforts of home during your free time. There’s no need to compete with the crowd anymore. You can also save some money if you avail of combined shipping most online stores offer their customers.
Make Your Gifts
If you’re the artistic type and you want more personalized gifts for your loved ones then might as well make your gifts from scratch. It doesn’t have to be gaudy or expensive. Even as simple as a card or some special token should do and convey the message that you loved them.
Be Wary of Sales
Sales are rampant during the holiday season and they’re good for our pockets but only to a point. Our minds are wired in a way that we think we save money with sales. That’s true but again only to a point. Whether there are sales or not, the most important thing when shopping for the holidays is to stick with your set budget.