If you’ve already put a serious dent in your holiday budget and it’s not even December yet, it’s time to shop smart and save. Here are some ways to take care of everyone on your list and still spend less this holiday season.
- Make a gift list - Plan out exactly what you’re planning to buy so you keep your eyes on the prize and don’t get distracted by the “under $25” table in the store. Plus, the list can help you comparison shop for things you really want to get.
- And a grocery list - Check your cabinets first and take inventory then you can plan for exactly what you need and you won’t overestimate the amount of food or wine to buy.
- Shop online then pick up in store - That way you don’t spend hours at the mall only to find they don’t have what you’re looking for and you get the convenience of online shopping without the shipping costs. Lots of retailers, from Bloomingdales to Target, offer this money-saving option now.
- Take advantage of free shipping day - Friday, December 14th is the last day to shop online with guaranteed arrival by Christmas Eve, unless you don’t mind paying rush fees.
- Send digital-only holiday cards - Personalized printed holiday cards are lovely, but now you can also find lots of online sites offering tasteful and inexpensive digital alternatives, like Paperless Post’s designer cards and photo-centric options.
- Don’t discount the dollar store - Deck the halls without breaking the bank by hitting up your local dollar store, where you can find everything from lights to holiday serving platters for just a buck.
- Install Honey - This Chrome extension searches the Internet to find promo code eligibility and applies the discount automatically before you check out. Saving money and not even having to work for it? We’re in.