4 Tips for Holiday Shopping on a Budget
The holidays are a time of giving and receiving. However, with the economy the way it’s been, some may be facing strict budgets this year. Or just planning ahead of time so you don’t overspend!
Thankfully, there are ways you can still brighten up your loved one’s by giving them a gift. Read on to learn some handy tips for holiday shopping on a budget.
1. Create your shopping list before you go to the store.
Consider everyone you want to get a gift for this holiday season. It’s not essential to include everyone you know, such as co-workers and neighbors. Only by for close family if you are strapped for money. Also, give each person on the list a budgeted price range so that you don’t overspend while shopping.
2. Shop on eBay.com
There are many auctions listed on eBay that offer items that are brand new with tags. These are usually listed at a fraction of the retail price, especially if they are from a previous season. It is a great way to get name brand clothing and toys without breaking the bank.
3. Get creative and give homemade gifts.
Just because something is made at home doesn’t mean it is cheap! Practical gifts such as scrubs or candles make the perfect gift for those that like to pamper themselves. If you are okay with giving lots of the same gifts, you can usually buy the supplies and bulk and save money over purchasing each recipient’s gift separately. Pinterest is a great resource for homemade gifts!
4. Begin your shopping early.
Some may think it’s best to way until the last minute to get Christmas deals you cannot get early on. However, this is generally a bad strategy. Starting as early as October gives you plenty of time to comparison shop and think of frugal ideas for everyone in your list. Being prepared when it comes time to purchase is much better than waiting to see what’s left out there.