In addition to spending time together, exchanging gifts is a big part of the holiday experience. Some people write their lists months in advance and strategize when it comes to getting the best deals. Others wait until the last minute and hope for the best. If you are a procrastinator, here are some tips to help with your last-minute shopping so you don't get caught up in the crowds and craziness at the mall.
- Make a list — Jot down everyone you need to buy for and set a budget for each person. You will be less likely to overspend if you plan ahead. Even if you've waited until the day before Christmas to shop, writing a list will only take a few minutes.
- Shop online — Not only will you save time and avoid the crowds, but when you shop online, you have so many more choices at your fingertips. For example, you can change your ordinary tie purchase from a predictable retailer into a conversation starter with Squiddledee Ties. It's the perfect gift for the men in your life.
- Look for free shipping — You may spot some deals and quickly realize your total adds up when you add in the shipping charges. Search for offers and coupon codes that offer free shipping.
- Don't check off your list in one day — After you make a few purchases, take a break and regroup. Check your list and make sure you are on budget. If you try to do it all at once, chances are you will get weary and overpay.
- Use your phone to compare pricing — If you do decide to head out of your house to shop, use your smartphone to find the best deals. Some stores have a price-match policy, so if you can pull up the deal elsewhere as proof, you may be able to cash in your savings so you can avoid going to the other store.
The holidays can be stressful, especially when you've waited until the last minute to do your shopping. Use these tips to ease some of the pressure, and think about starting earlier next year. During this season of giving, take some time to appreciate the time spent with family and friends.