If you’ve been putting off your holiday shopping, I can’t blame you. I’m a procrastinator myself, and the idea of going out to the mall to buy gifts alongside hundreds of other shoppers and waiting in long lines at the checkout counter is not very appealing.
However, Christmas is right the corner, and before you know it, you’ll find yourself stressed out and not have enough time to get all your shopping done. So, if you’re waiting until the last minute, here are money-saving and stress-reducing tips to help you out.
Lists are your friend.
Write down the names of people you’re buying gifts for, what you will give them, and how much you’re willing to spend. It’s essential to be organised as this will save you a lot of time. If you know who already know exactly what you need to buy, you won’t have to waste time browsing items in the shop.
Set a limit.
Have a fixed price range for each item you’re going to buy to help narrow down your search. Also, give yourself like an hour or two to get your shopping done, whether you plan to do it online or go to the nearby shopping centre. Use the timer on your smartphone to keep track.
Coming up with great gift ideas can be daunting and can stress you out quickly, especially when you’re pressed for time. You can get some ideas on different online stores before you head out to the mall, or just do your shopping online if you’re not in the mood to go outside.
Watch out for sales and specials.
While you’re doing research, be on the lookout for special deals or huge discounts. Most retailers will take advantage of the holiday shopping rush to entice customers to shop more by offering last-minute specials. So, be on the lookout for those and make sure you’re getting value for the money.
Look for free gift wrapping.
During the holiday season, most retailers and shops would offer free gift wrapping services when you shop. So, you can have those gifts ready to give away to your friends and family on the same day. Not only do you save time, but you can also save money on gift wraps, too.
If you’re the type who can make personalised gifts, then make good use of your special talents. During your spare time, you can find some great gift ideas that you can create yourself.
Use cash as much as possible.
You can easily get carried away with all the excitement when you go out shopping using your credit and overspend. So, as much as possible, be strategic. Pay only with cash. This will help keep you stay within your budget. The last thing you need is a hefty credit card bill to pay when the holidays are over.
You can still shop like a pro, even at the last minute. With these practical tips, you can save some time and money without dampening your holiday spirit. Happy shopping!