Family Travels on a Budget…. We’re all about family, travel and budget here! At Christmastime, it’s so easy to blow the budget. Thoughtful shopping within a budget keeps all goals in focus, from Christmas giving to next year’s vacation and everything in between. Use these Christmas shopping savings tips to stay on track this year!
Christmas Shopping Savings Tips
- Set a budget! But I’ve already been shopping, you say? No worries! Start now. Be honest with yourself. Set a limit for remaining spending. If you’ve blown the budget already, stop shopping! Those gifts are NOT worth credit card bills in January!
- Remember, less is more! When the gift pile gets huge, kids WON’T remember everything they get, much less appreciate it. Why not try this tip that a friend of mine shared on Facebook. Get them:
- * Something they want
- * Something they need
- * Something to wear
- * Something to read
- Avoid impulse purchases. Sure, those store displays look amazing. People get paid big bucks to draw you in through emotion-inducing displays. Under your tree, though, those gifts don’t arrive with that display of sparkling snowflakes and soft lighting. Look at the product AWAY from the window. Imagine it under your tree… How will it look? Imagine it in the gift recipient’s hands. How will they respond — honestly? If you picture them opening the gift and setting it aside, it’s not the perfect gift. If it’s something that you expect to bring squeals of delight, buy it. One thoughtful gift is worth so much more (regardless of price tag) than a dozen impulse buys.
- Comparison shop! We expect discount stores to be cheaper, but many times, they’re not. One time, I bought boxed meals for a school food program for $3.00 at my grocery store. On a whim, I stopped in at my local dollar store to compare prices… $4.98! Use these tips to save on gifts, wherever you shop:
- * Comparison shop online for the products you want before heading to the store to find the best price for what you want. Stick to that purchase, remembering #3 above!
- * Google for coupons before purchasing. You can get coupons for online and instore shopping with just a few clicks.
- * Wait for full-price items to go on sale.
- Tune out television and radio commercials! The closer we get to Christmas, television and radio ads increase their pressure. Designed to make shoppers feel like they “NEED” another gift, they don’t work if you don’t listen! Mute the commercials. Run the stairs during commercials and improve your health while protecting your wallet. Do some chores… laundry, dishes, sort dresser drawers… all at five minutes a time is better than creating a false sense of need!
Christmas is for giving… Absolutely! With these Christmas shopping savings tips, we can focus on what’s important: God’s gift of love to the world. Give love this Christmas with thoughtfully purchased gifts, time with family, and kindness to strangers (including store clerks) as your focus. Respecting the budget? That’s your gift to yourself.
What’s your best Christmas shopping savings tip? Share it here! I’d love to learn from you!