5 LAST-MINUTE HOLIDAY SHOPPING TIPS

Nearly 57% of holiday shoppers started their holiday shopping over a month ago.

AAA World Article

Nearly 57% of holiday shoppers started their holiday shopping over a month ago, according to the National Retail Federation’s Consumer Holiday Spending survey. If only we could all be as on top of our holiday game as these “Type A” shoppers. But have no fear—there’s still plenty of time to wrap up your holiday shopping using these five easy tips.

    1. SAVE MONEY BY BUYING GIFT CARDS 
    Not only will the recipient love the gift card and be able to get whatever they want, but you can save money by purchasing them with a discount code or at local retailers. In fact, grocery stores in the Kroger family (the world’s largest grocer) may offer you huge fuel savings for purchasing gift cards at their stores. 

    2. FIND ONLINE PROMO AND DISCOUNT CODES 

    Promo (promotional) codes, discount codes, coupon codes—they’re all essentially the same thing, and a few letters and numbers can help you save on your online purchases. Check websites such as RetailMeNot.com or by searching store promo codes online. 

    3. MAKE A LIST 

    Sometimes we can be experts at hiding things from ourselves, like that present for our favorite cousin we bought back in April but have completely managed to forget about now. To avoid overbuying, make a list of the gifts you need to purchase and the ones you’ve already bought. 

    4. BE BUDGET CONSCIOUS 
    No need to break the bank on your holiday shopping. Select a specific dollar amount you’re willing to spend on each gift recipient before you hit the mall or the web, and stick to it. 

    5. MAKE IT ABOUT OTHERS—NOT YOURSELF 
    Holiday shopping can quickly turn from buying gifts for others to buying gifts for yourself, and the tempting deals don’t make it any easier. Make a list for yourself of the items that catch your eye—if they’re in your budget and you can afford them, and they’re a good deal, they may be worth the buy. Otherwise, save the list for the new year.