4 Tips for a Stress-free, Money-Saving Holiday Shopping Season

shutterstock_314289599With Halloween behind us, we are drawing nearer to the holiday shopping season. As the busiest shopping season of the year, the holiday shopping season can be a bit hectic, especially on peak shopping days like Black Friday or if you wait until the last minute. To help you complete on your holiday shopping while maintaining your sanity and sticking to your budget, consider the following tips.

  1. Make a list: Making a list will help you stay on track and within budget. Make a list of everyone you plan to buy a gift for, as well as the maximum amount you’d like to spend. Don’t forget about small gifts, such as for your child’s teacher or babysitter. Write down any gift ideas you may have for each person, and if you’ve already purchased their gift.
  1. Do your research: Before you begin your shopping, do a simple Internet search to compare products and prices. For instance, if you want to get a digital camera or flat screen TV, do some research to find out what the best models and deals are. Be sure to check out customer reviews, whether it’s a Genie Bra review or a review of the season’s top selling books.
  1. Start early: This year, an estimated 32 million American parents started their holiday shopping before many kids ended their summer break. While you don’t need to start that early, you should avoid waiting until Black Friday to begin your shopping. The holiday shopping frenzy gets more intense as the holidays approach, so you’ll save yourself time and stress by starting early.
  1. Shop online: Shopping online makes shopping easy and convenient. With a simple Google search, you can find the types of products you’re looking for, compare prices and read reviews – all without leaving the comfort of your home. When shopping online, be sure to review the website’s return policy, just in case.

With these four tips, you’ll experience a stress-free, money-saving holiday shopping season!