”I’m participating in the Spend-Less Holidays: Saving While Savoring the Season Blog Carnival, hosted by The Frugal Fil-Am and Dainty Mom. We’ll be sharing our tips on how to spend less this holiday season, so that we can have a more meaningful Christmas. Please scroll down to the end of the post to see the list of carnival entries.”
Christmas Shopping Tips
It’s 90 days before Christmas. Have you started shopping for presents? Years ago, I always end up shopping for presents at the last minute. Talk about panic buying and cramming. LOL! I also find myself spending more than what I intend when I do these last minute shopping spree. Today, you can see me shopping for Christmas presents as early as September. Not only that it saves you time and money, it also gives you the chance to find the right gift for you family and friends. It’s also less stressful and you can avoid the Christmas rush. Visualize heavy traffic along major malls & huge holiday crowd almost everywhere! Dang.
Here’s some tips I’d like to share with you to make your Christmas Shopping easy peasy!
Tip #1: Shop early to avoid the Christmas rush. You can never be too early you know! I start shopping as early as September and I know someone who starts shopping after Christmas. Excited masyado?! Plan ahead and schedule trips to where you want to shop. Chances are you’d get good deals and save money & time. It’s also okay to watch out for SALES! Where to get gifts?!
- Malls are still the one stop shop for presents. Huge malls have almost everything you want and need. If you shop early, chances of getting the color, size and design you want are still high. Most malls have 3-day Sales months before Christmas.
- Divisoria or Baclaran are the best places to get wholesale and affordable items. It’s always on SALE. You can get clothes for as low as P75 and toys for P10. If these places are in your list, go there as early as September - October to avoid hordes of people. In my experience, it’s best to go there on a weekday so better start filing that leave.
- Online Shopping still proves to be the most convenient place to shop. If you don’t have time to go to the places I’ve listed above, this may be the best place for you to shop. There are a lot of online stores from Facebook, Multiply etc. where you can get the presents you need. Just be careful when purchasing online as there are still bogus sellers all over the Internet.
Tip #2: Make a Christmas List (of who is naughty or nice. LOL! Just kidding!) and CHECK it twice. I have two lists. One for family & friends and the other for people at work, the neighborhood, Manong Guards, our helpers etc. The purpose of making a list is to make sure you don’t forget anyone. You can do it the old fashioned way by writing it down in your planner or notebook. If you are tech savvy, you can save your list in an Excel file in your computer or you can download a gift list application for your mobile phone.
Tip #3: Set a budget for Christmas presents and stick to it! You don’t want to end up broke even before Christmas. One of the biggest mistake we do is shopping without a limit in mind. Set an amount per present per person and try your best to look for presents within that range.
Tip #4: Give gifts that are appropriate for the person you are giving it to. Make sure it has value. When I say value, I’m not talking about the price alone but the effort, love, time and thought that went with the selection or with making the present. I remember my Dad telling me when I was younger that whenever I give out gifts, I should make sure that it’s useful or something the other person really likes. Learn to shop frugally but thoughtfully.
Tip #5: Always have an EXTRA gift for that surprise guest who might pop in. I’ve been in several situations where I received presents and I didn’t have one to give in return. It’s quite embarrassing. Avoid these situations by always having a couple extra presents handy.
Additional Tip: One good way to save money on Christmas Shopping is to make gifts yourself instead of buying. It’s personalized, thoughtful and memorable. Channel that D.Y.I Goddess in you!
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