Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Getting ready for the Holidays without Stressing Out

‘Tis the season for shopping and while shopping is one of my favorite pastimes, it can also get me in a panic. If you are getting ready for Christmas or Hanukah and haven’t gotten too far, don't worry! I have some ideas that might make your holiday shopping not only fun, but not entirely dreadful. I have compiled some suggestions you could follow to ease stress and prepare for the holidays!

First of all, start your planning in advance. You can find deals throughout the year and stock up long before the holidays start. You can find good deals while you are out and about in July, instead of wading through a sea of people at Wal-Mart the night before Christmas.

Second, look for deals on the Internet. You can look at the same items on many different Web sites and look at the myriad of prices. Pick your lowest (keeping in mind shipping costs) and go from there. You don’t even have to wait in line to purchase anything.

Thirdly, use coupons or discount codes. If you look for them, you will most likely find them. The internet has a plethora of sites (kind of like this blog) catering to the coupon conscious. You can find online codes and printable pdfs. Don’t forget to check before you go shopping.

Next, look at buy one, get one free deals. Oftentimes you can find really cool gifts that would be the perfect present for more than one of your loved ones. Remember to think of all the people you are shopping for all the time.

Lastly, find out if you potential gift recipients are interested in NOT accumulating more “stuff.” It is possible that a nice potluck dinner or activity to celebrate the holidays and would be more up everyone’s alley (and budget). Sometimes, giving gifts or money to charity is another option.

These are just a few ideas that I hope will make the holidays less stressful and more enjoyable. Good luck out there!

For more holiday shopping tips, click here for an interesting article about online shopping incentives for the holidays. Thanks Cara for sharing this!

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