Take the Stress out of Christmas Shopping

Follow these tips for stress-free Christmas shopping this holiday season

Does Christmas shopping stress you out? Not to worry, here are some tips to take out the stress and put some jolly back into your holiday season.

#1 - Plan Ahead

Nothing will stress you out worse than setting out to shop for Christmas without a list. The old saying, 'If you fail to plan, you plan to fail' fits well here. You can't shop quickly or stay within your budget if you don't have a plan. So, first things first.

#2 - Make Your List and Check it Twice

First, make a list of everyone on you Christmas list. Think about family, friends, schoolteachers, Sunday-school teachers, coaches, hairdressers, the mailman, the paperboy, etc. Try to think of every possible person you would like to show some Christmas kindness to. Don't forget to include stocking stuffers. You don't want to be scurrying around at the last minute looking for these items.

#3 - Set a Budget

How much can you afford to spend for Christmas? Do you have any Christmas money saved up or will it all go on a credit card? Either way, decide what your budget is and then divide the money between everyone on your list. Don't forget to include money for wrapping gifts. Gift-wrapping can get expensive. Include it so you don't get an ugly surprise at the register.

This is your budget. Carry it with you when you go Christmas shopping and stick to your plan.

#4 - Watch for Sales

To make the most of your money, watch local and online sales like a hawk. Now that you know what you want to give everyone for Christmas, you know which sales and store flyers to watch. If you like to do your Christmas shopping online, sign up for www.PriceProtectr.com and let them find the sales for you.

The key time to watch for sales is right before Thanksgiving. Begin cruising online stores to get the best prices and start keeping track of sales in your city. Buy early before the gifts you need are sold out.

#5 - Ready, Set, Shop

Once you have your list, your gift ideas, your budget, and sales flyers, you're ready to go. Set one day aside and buy as much in one day as possible. Look at your list. Note the time of sales and schedule your shopping route. Make a list of your route and what you need to buy at each store. Again... stick to your plan.

If you take the time to follow these tips, you'll be ready and have all your shopping for Christmas done ahead of time. Use these tricks for stress-free Christmas shopping, sit back, sip some steaming hot chocolate, relax and enjoy the rest of your holiday season.

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