Save on food.
There are several ways to save money when you go Christmas shopping. One sure fired way is to pack a cooler with lunch and snacks. Don’t forget drinks also. Staying hydrated can keep you from being tired and too hungry.
Always eat before going into places like the mall. The reason here is obvious. If you are full, those wonderful smells will not have the same effect as usual. You will be able to pass by the restaurant section with ease.
If you must eat out, think coupons or lunch instead of dinner. Lunch is several dollars cheaper on average. If you enjoy salads, they are a less expensive option as well.
Know what the people on your list want.
Before you go Christmas shopping, be sure to know what everyone wants. This is important so that you don’t buy unnecessary items.
It is a good idea to make a list and stick to it. If you are lucky enough to have past lists to look at you can keep from getting Uncle John a tie again for the third year in a row.
Don’t buy all your gifts at the mall.
The mall is fun at Christmas time and it may seem like a good idea to go and get everyone covered in one fell swoop. Let’s face it, these stores have high rent and are looking to make Christmas profits to make up for lulls other times of the year.
Stick to your list and buy only what you have to at the mall. Don’t get pulled in by sales. Sometimes this is a big push to get rid of older items and it is not extra cheap. You can end up spending more and getting items no one needs.
Think on-line buying
Sometimes buying items on-line are cheaper and you get items you could not otherwise find locally. Check on-line first before going out shopping at stores. Compare prices and go for the better deal.
Plan your driving route
It is always a good idea to plan your driving route before going Christmas shopping. If you time everything right, you can avoid rush hour traffic and save a lot of gas.
If you plan it all out, you can transition from store to store without backtracking. Include in your plan a convenient park or place to stop and eat.
Take cash only
If you are a spontaneous spender, be sure to decide ahead of time, how much you can afford to spend and take cash only with you. Actually take your credit and debit cards out of your wallet to be safe. Bring a calculator so you are not thrown for a surprise at the checkout. Remember to add in the tax.
If you are sticking to your list, and have planned on how much you can afford per item, you will make it happen, and for once come out ahead of the game come New Years.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
You have just set yourself up for a very stress free Christmas and the New Year looks bright also. So go on have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! You have just amazed yourself, and you deserve it!