The holidays can be a pretty scary time if you're a savvy shopper. If you're on a budget, it can be hard to want to spend money on gifts for people you love while still trying not to stretch your wallet. Here are a couple of strategies I've come up with to save some pennies this season!
Black Friday Deals
If you're a planner, always go for the Black Friday deals. Typically they've been extended to weekend or sometimes even week long sales. It's a great way to get a head start on shopping, especially on high priced items that you may have been eyeing. Scared of the crowds? Wait it out until Monday for the Cyber Monday sales. Buy what you'd like from the comfort of your own home. The good thing about most cyber mondays too is that they likely offer free shipping, especially on larger purchases.
If you have a reasonable amount of time before purchasing, check to see if the item you're shopping for can be bought cheaper somewhere else. Usually average items can be purchased from various locations (books, movies, clothes), and unless it's specific, make a list and compare the places and the prices that'll work for your budget!
Not so surprisingly, a lot of stores offer December promotions because companies know that's the prime shopping time for the holiday season. Various stores will do BOGO sales, or throwing in free or discounted gifts because you spend X amount of money. It's a great way to get those gifts you're not so sure about or need at the last minute.
This is a little obvious, but you'd be surprised how much you have to limit yourself to once you put a number on it. If you're buying for a large number of people, treat it like you would a secret santa and have a set cost for each person. If you're limiting it to $25 per person, not only are you over-doing it on someone else over the other, but you can manage wisely financially.