It’s that wonderful time of the year again where everyone seems eager to shop! Of course, holidays always imply that there are gifts to be given, thanksgiving meals to be shared and a long list of activities for the season.
So are you one of those proactive folks who have done their shopping throughout the year and are ready to wrap your gifts while others are still trying to find their way in crowded malls?
Oh well, you are not alone.
Now it’s really easy to go overboard and blow all your Christmas bonuses and budgets during this season, so let us help you keep everything on track. Here are some great tips:
- Always begin with a plan.
This allows you to get an idea of what you will be purchasing and what you can afford. Take a few minutes to sit down and make a list of people you need to buy gifts for and write down a realistic budget for each person. “I will know when I see it” isn’t a great plan! If you have no idea what to buy for someone, just set a price limit. This way you won’t get tempted to spend more.
- Spending isn’t saving – keep this in mind!
Here’s the news… buying an item on sale does not help you save money! Remember, when you buy an item, you are spending money – not saving it! Stick to your list – if it isn’t there, don’t buy it (especially if you already have one at home!)
- Research on big ticket items
Have a camera, a tablet or some new gadget on your list this year? Spend time to check out the various brands and options that are available in store. It helps to read the reviews about the product, compare prices and make a list of your top picks. You will be surprised that what you wanted initially and what you definitely want are different things!
- Keep an eye on good deals but never get carried away.
It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of purchasing and getting a hot deal “that you shouldn’t miss!”. Be wary. The truth is, there will always be more hot deals this season!
- It’s always quality over quantity.
While it is important to get the best prices, it should also be equally important to find gifts that have value. You might wish to purchase one high quality item over a dozen of cheap ones that will not last. After all, who wouldn’t what items that at least last for a long time?
Have a great time shopping everyone!