5 Pre-Holiday Shopping Strategies

5 Pre-Holiday Shopping Strategies
5 Pre-Holiday Shopping Strategies

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    The following is a guest post from Kyle at Rather-Be-Shopping.com.

    Shopping for Christmas gifts can often be a very stressful time, both financially and psychologically. But it does not have to be and these 5 tips can help you not only keep your sanity, but also save you a lot of money this year.

    Make a List – And of course, check it twice. But in all seriousness, without a list it’s very difficult to keep your focus when shopping for Christmas gifts. Sit down and write out who you are buying for this year along with any gift ideas you have in mind for that person. If you don’t do this, I guarantee you will get to the store and your mind will go blank. Often times stress is a result of overloading your brain. So don’t overload your brain this year, instead create a good list and give your brain a siesta.

    Create A Budget – Once your list is created, establish how much you can afford to spend for each person on your list without going into credit card debt. If you can’t accomplish this you will have to be creative this year. Ideas that jump to mind include homemade gifts, baked goods, and my personal favorite, photo gifts. For example, instead of spending $50 on the grandparents, buy a couple frames from Walmart and frame a few pictures of your children. This is an easy and affordable way to create a thoughtful gift they will cherish forever.

    “Like” your Favorite Stores – Before you ever step into a store or visit a store’s website, visit Facebook and “like” all of your favorite retailer’s fan page. Their Facebook wall will conveniently keep you up to date on upcoming sales and coupons so you are prepared to shop when you can save the most money. Many retailers even post Facebook exclusive coupons that you can’t get anywhere else.

    Use Twitter to Save Money – Similar to the Facebook tip, sign up for your favorite stores Twitter feed and they will automatically keep you up to date on sales and deals. If you plan on going out on Black Friday, this is a must as you will be able to get information easily delivered to your smart phone when you are shopping in the wee hours of the morning.

    Coupon Alerts – I have been getting early word that coupons for Black Friday and Cyber Monday this year are going to be bigger and better than ever. But the question always is how do I insure that I get the coupons I want, when I need them. The best way to make this happen is to sign up for a ‘Coupon Alerts’ feature that several top coupon sites offer. Essentially, you register and pick your favorite stores, then they email you when a coupon is added that fits your criteria. You’ll never miss a coupon again. This is a great way to make sure you don’t do any Christmas shopping this year without a coupon.

    Popular coupon websites that offer the free coupon alert feature include Coupon Cabin.com, Rather-Be-Shopping.com, Deal Catcher.com, and Dealspl.us.

    About The Author: Since 2001, Kyle James has owned and operated Rather-Be-Shopping.com which specializes in online coupons for over 700 stores.

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