Last Minute Holiday Shopping

Dec 20, 2014 by

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Whether you own a business or you’re looking to support local businesses, there are a lot of things you can do when you’re getting ready to finish your holiday shopping.


Here are some tips you can try:

Make a list. List EVERYTHING.  Who do you want to buy for? How much do you want to spend on that person? If you’re really organized, you can even write down exactly what you’re going to get that person. The internet makes that so much easier; you can browse before you go.

Plan a gift exchange. If your budget is tight, chances are, your friends and/or family are having a rough time too. Suggest having a “secret Santa” gift exchange, where you and your friends get together, pick names out of a hat, and then you just have to buy for one person. Great gifts can be services as well, not only expensive products. Once I purchased a classic cars care services ticket for my brother – which was not expensive at all, and he went crazy over it!

Budget, Make sure that your budget lines up with the amounts of money that you plan on spending on each person. If they don’t, try to cut some costs.

Use cash when you can. Try your hardest not to charge unless you have to. Credit cards make us have a tendency to overspend. Christmas club accounts are great for saving up money for this time of year.

Always check prices. Just because one retail store is offering that flat-panel TV for $599 doesn’t mean it’s a good deal. A lot of times, we tend to see “sale” and don’t check to see if it’s really a good sale or not. You may be able to find that same TV online from a different retail store for $549.

Don’t hesitate to shop at home. No lines, no hassle, no big bags and unloading the car. Press that “Purchase” button and you’re done. Sometimes, the online deals are the same exact thing you’ll find in stores or better, and a lot of places offer free shipping when you spend over a certain dollar amount.

Price matching. Many retailers offer price-matching offers. If you don’t want to hit multiple places, or if you aren’t near a certain retail store, take their flyer to a store that offers to discount their prices to other stores. You save time and money!

Keep your receipts. Most stores offer gift receipts now. Just in case you buy something someone doesn’t like, or doesn’t fit, or that they want to exchange, these things make it so much easier to deal with. 

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