15 tips for budget-friendly Christmas shopping

The Christmas season is here, and with it, so are the gift exchanges and present shopping for friends and family. Luckily, sticking to a ...

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The Christmas season is here, and with it, so are the gift exchanges and present shopping for friends and family. Luckily, sticking to a budget is not only possible, but it is easier than you think. You just need a little creativity to keep spending in check! Do you want to know how? Try these tips.

Clean up your gift list

One of the first steps is to make a list of the people who you are giving gifts to… from friends and family to co-workers. This will ensure that you don’t run into surprise expenses and that your budget is tailored to the number of people on your list. This also allows you plenty of time to choose the best gifts.

Assign a price tag to each person

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Each person is different, and you may not want to spend the same amount on each of them. For example, you may want to allocate a larger portion of the budget for your parents or relatives. This will prevent you from spending more than necessary on a gift and will help you focus your search, which will save you time and money.

Hunt for gift deals!

Almost every store is offering a variety of seasonal discounts so you should be able find all the gifts you need in supermarkets, retail stores and department stores. Black Friday and Cyber Monday are great days to try to do a lot of your shopping.

If the price is right, buy it now!

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If you have your list of the people you want to buy gifts for and the budget for each, do not hesitate to buy your gifts as soon as you find a good price. In general, flash deals, as the name implies, are only available for a few hours, and availability is usually quite low.

Purchase online

You don’t have to leave home to find the best gifts. Save time and money by buying from your favorite e-commerce sites, where you will surely find incredible offers. Buying online presents an advantage, but also a risk, as you will need to make sure that the gifts you order arrive on time.

Buy a gift card

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If you have your holiday gift budget and a list of people you want to shop for, an easy way to stay make sure you don’t overspend is to buy gift cards. Gift cards are great because they allow people to choose what they like without having to make exchanges or returns.

DIY: Make your own gifts

Don’t be afraid to innovate! Personalized gifts are always a treat, because you have dedicated time and creativity to make them yourself. A greeting card, a collage of memorable photos, a painting or a framed photograph are just some of the options you have, let your imagination fly!

$1 gifts? Find the best deals!

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There are many stores that have a dollar section, so you can build your own Christmas baskets or gift combos without breaking the bank. Want more for less money? With this option, you can give a gift that, although simple, will feel like a bounty.

Save on gift wrapping

A good tip for saving money when buying your Christmas gifts is to wrap them yourself. Especially if you use recycled materials that you already have at home. This will give an original touch to your gifts, and, incidentally, it’s good for the environment. You can reuse old paper, use newspapers, magazines and even blank paper that you decorate yourself.

Use a rewards program

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Virtually all physical or e-commerce establishments offer a rewards program that allows you to receive points or discounts in exchange for certain purchases. These types of programs are an opportunity to get something back from your purchases, which you can use to buy more gifts at an affordable price.

Buy second-hand gifts

When it comes to Christmas gifts, it’s the thought that counts. These days, we are all worried about spending too much while still choosing simple but personal gifts that the recipient will love. The advantage of second-hand gifts is that they are affordable and can be so luxurious. They are versatile and you can find something for each person, regardless of their tastes or age.

Pay with cash

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Don’t go over budget! Many people save throughout the year to be able to buy Christmas gifts, and one way to avoid overspending is to pay only with cash. This type of transaction will give you a more accurate idea of ​​the exact amount you spend on each person, although you won’t get other benefits that credit card rewards programs offer.

Compare prices

One of the main advantages to browsing the Internet is having access to the entire price list available in each store and the discounts on the items you want to buy. Comparing prices is highly recommended, especially in the holiday season, as many items are affordably priced for a limited time.

Make an spreadsheet

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An spreadsheet could be one of your greatest assets in your gift search, as it will give you a visual representation of both the giftees and the budget assigned to each person. By making a spreadsheet you can also adjust your budget by creating a table of expenses, giving you a better idea of ​​where you should direct your efforts to buy the best items at the best price.

Download a discount app

Make your mobile device your best ally! Mobile apps such as Rakuten, Last Pass and Capital One Shopping will show you where the best discounts and promotions are. In addition, they often offer discount coupons and points to exchange for your favorite products. In the case of Last Pass, it will ensure that your privacy, such as your credit card numbers, are 100% protected.

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