Last week we shared some resources to help you save on Halloween shopping (you might still be able to utilize them for the any last-minute Halloween preparations today!) Out of the Halloween context, many of these resources are still useful for the upcoming year-end holidays – Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s.
What will work? Utilizing technology to compare prices and search for deals, as well as buying alternatives from dollar stores or thrift stores.
Unfortunately, unlike Halloween, last-minute shopping will not work for these other holidays, where you may need to do much more shopping in a short time crunch. Moreover, shopping for the big three year-end holidays can take effort, especially with gift shopping.
Here are some things to do now to save yourself time and stress (and sometimes, the costly rush shipping) at the end of November and into December:
- Have your shopping lists ready
- Start saving for bigger buys
- Look into deals, specials and sales – remember to enlist digital help from your phone and deal-finding apps! (it might be convenient to group your found deals in separate groups, such as clothes, electronics, toys…)
- Schedule purchases along with these deals so you can spread spending over the upcoming weeks (it’s not a bad idea to set reminders for yourself – don’t miss out on any good deals!)
Some other holiday shopping tips:
- Clothes usually go on sale early, while toys’ prices drop right before Christmas. Tools and electronics have specific promotions that you might need to look for.
- Black Friday does not necessarily have the best deals.
- Don’t feel compelled to buy something as a gift simply because it is on sale, as it might not be what you mean to buy – another reason why it’s important to make a shopping list first.
(Find more tips and resources we have written about here).
What other tips do you have to save on holiday gift shopping?