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Tips for Saving Money on Holiday Purchases

Holiday Savings

 

Once you have your holiday gift list ready, it’s time to start shopping. Today I’m sharing some tips on how to save money during the holiday season.

Shop Early, if you can

If you can get a head start on your shopping even before Black Friday you can often get some great buys. One year we wanted to purchase our daughter a laptop. I knew I wouldn’t be able to shop the Black Friday sales so I decided to be on the lookout for a good priced laptop before then. I actually found a great deal on a laptop for my daughter and the price I paid even beat the Black Friday deals that year. So plan to shop early if you can.

Do Your Research

Be sure to research the best prices before you purchase. If you know what the usual or good price of the gift you are looking to purchase is, then you will know when you see a great buy on it. I like to check online and the sales ads to see where I can get the best buy. I tend to purchase early if I find a good deal. There is always the chance that you will see a better deal later but there is also a chance the item may become super popular and you will end up paying more.

Check out Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals

I’m not a Black Friday shopper. I used to be before having kids but getting up in the dark hours after cooking all day the day before just doesn’t appeal to me. My husband always has to work on Black Friday so I usually don’t go to any of the sales. But if you are one who shops Black Friday deals then be sure to check out the Black Friday deals I have posted. I will add more as they come out so be sure to check back often or better yet just subscribe to the blog updates by email.

If Black Friday isn’t your cup of tea like me, then you might consider shopping online on Cyber Monday and taking advantage of all the deals to be had online. I love being able to shop from the comfort of my home online and have the gifts show up in just a few days to a week at my doorstep.

Pay Cash

Last but not least I find the best way to save on holiday gifts is to use cash. There’s something about counting out and handing over the bills that makes you consider your purchases. I like that I can’t overspend too.

If you will be shopping online at certain stores you might consider purchasing gift cards to make those purchases. Sometimes you can even get some deals on them, such as purchase $20 in gift cards and get $5 gift card free, or $25 in gift cards for just $15.

What’s your best tip to save money during the holidays?

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3 thoughts on “Tips for Saving Money on Holiday Purchases”

  1. Thanks for sharing these tips, Shelly. And I’m not a Black Friday shopper, either. I actually feel a little allergic to shopping lately. I only go to the store if I absolutely have to. Even going last week was a push, but I knew that two of my kids needed winter jackets and one needed a new pair of shoes.

    I’m actually glad that since we’ll be away from home for Christmas this year, there will be less emphasis on “stuff” and hopefully more on Christ. My kids need that.

    But I will definitely keep your tips in mind for when my husband and kids start seeing the “stuff” as they walk around Chicago!

    1. I know the feeling of not wanting to shop. Even grocery shopping the last few weeks hasn’t been much fun. ๐Ÿ™‚ But we have lots of birthdays this month so I am needing to birthday shop and Christmas shop. I am hoping to do most of it online and only a little in the store and hopefully to be done right around Thanksgiving.

      I know it is going to be hard for all of you this Christmas with David in the hospital. Just know we will be praying for all of you. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Great tips Shelly! I also do not like shopping at Black Friday. It is just crazy chaos out at the stores that day…I would rather spend the day putting up my Christmas decorations, and save the shopping for online ๐Ÿ™‚

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