As we are nearing December, and finishing our leftovers from Thanksgiving, I can’t help but think that now is the time to start doing some serious Christmas Shopping. With all of the sales going on, both online and in-store, it is possible to get presents for everyone on your Christmas list without breaking the wallet.
Going to the mall, or any local department store can be extremely overwhelming in December. It’s too noisy, a lot more people than normal are walking around, traffic everywhere, rude customers, you name it! And often, it is difficult to find the right gifts at the right prices, in-store.
Over the years, I have gained a ton of knowledge on how to avoid having a rough Christmas season. My knowledge is summed up into some tips:
Okay, so definitely try to do most of your Christmas shopping early in the morning. Ugh, I know. I don’t like the mornings either, haha. However, studies on Google show that retail stores that open before noon, do not have a lot of traffic in their “a.m.” hours. Store rush hours usually begin around people’s lunch breaks (12pm, 1pm).
Try to steer clear of expensive brand stores, until later in the Holiday season. Stores like Michael Kors offer lovely products, but at disappointing prices during the first twenty days of December. I would recommend buying quality, affordable clothes and accessories from places such as:
- Plato’s Closet
Looking for cute, and affordable Christmas decorations for your home? Try visiting some independent-standing furniture or seasonal stores. Stay away from the mall to avoid loads of people, and high prices. Independent stores are easier to reach, decently priced, and less frustrating.
Try these stores out for awesome deals!
- Big Lots
One of the biggest tips that I will stress to you: DO YOUR CHRISTMAS SHOPPING EARLY IN THE SEASON!
The worst time to shop in December is the 23rd, and the 24th. That is when a lot of stores discount all of their products for last-minute shoppers to fight over. It is a truly horrific experience, being surrounded by so many people and seeing fights happening everywhere over shirts, or shoes.
Trust me, do your shopping during the first two weeks of December to avoid all of the Christmas madness!
My last tip, ball on a budget.
Do not stress yourself out, or go into debt trying to buy everybody in your family a present. Set a budget for yourself, for example, $100.
I have $100 to spend on gifts for eight people. I am going to divide that money up, responsibly, and make it work for everyone. How can I do that?
- Buying gift cards that must have a minimum of $10.00 prepaid. If I’m buying eight people gift cards, the total I am spending can range from $90-$100.
- Buying miscellaneous items from affordable stores (walmart, family dollar, etc).
Please spend your money wisely, debt is a scary situation. If you do not have the money to spend on Holidays this year, then that is okay.
Thank you for reading my article, I hope you enjoyed! Stay tuned for more Christmas updates throughout December!
*note: the images used in this article belong to Google and their individual owners.