Blogmas day 2 is all about doing the holidays on a budget.
When it comes to Christmas shopping, it's very easy to go ahead and max out the credit card on gifts for your loved ones. But if you're a savvy shopper like me, or you're often counting your dollars and don't want to end up in debt, it's important to save your pennies this season, while still giving the best gift. Here are some ways I save on gift buying this holiday season.
Keep Track of Sales
Everyone loves a good sale, and it's even better getting that gift for that special someone at the right price. But how do you do it? Keeping track of sales are huge. If you managed to scoop up some Black Friday deals, kudos to ya! If not, don't sweat it, cause there are still plenty of deals going on. Many sites offered a cyber Monday, or a cyber week, but a lot of stores continue discounts into the holidays to push for sales. If you have particular stores in mind, be sure to watch for their sales in store or check out their online website to ensure the best deals. Stores like Bath and Bodyworks and Chapters offer great deals about a week or two before Christmas for those last minute goods.
Sign Up For Mailing Lists
If you're like me, and kind of definitely hate going to the mall in and around the holidays, online shopping can be your best friend. Almost every store offers a mailing list that you can sign up to to receive information from the store about deals and sales going on for select product. Stores like Indigo, Bath and Bodyworks, Forever 21 and American Eagle send emails daily about some sort of sale going on. Some are even online exclusives so you don't even have to get out of bed for that perfect gift. Other stores like Indigo will offer free shipping to a store so you don't have to pay any shipping fees.
Find Cheaper Alternatives
Tech products are usually a must for holidays, but keeping up with the latest gadgets can be very pricey. A great way to still get the best gift but not blow your budget is to find a cheaper alternative. So long as your gifee isn't specific, there's always a cheaper alternative to whatever it is you're buying. iPad too much? Try a Windows tablet. S'Well water bottle a little costly? Look-a-likes are sold at Winners or Target. Make-up about to blow your budget? Search for a dupe of whatever product they're looking for, or search for a cheaper makeup brand like NYX or Wet n' Wild.
If you feel you're a bit comfortable in your budget to spend, but don't want to blow the bank, try spreading out your spending. For each paycheck, set aside a certain amount that you plan to spend on gifts. Alternatively, have a spending limit for who you're trying to buy for. Decide that you're only going to spend $40 or $60 on one person, and when you've reached that limit, that's it, and don't look back.
Remember, at the end of the day, it's the gift that counts, not how much you spend. If you've put enough thought and care into what you're giving to your friends and family, they'll know it and appreciate it.
How do you save during the holidays? Leave a comment below!