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Minimize Holiday Stress: Smart Holiday Shopping Tips

Minimize Holiday Stress Smart Holiday Shopping Tips from North Carolina Lifestyle Blogger Adventures of Frugal Mom

Holiday shopping is a stressful affair. Trying to get through all the crowds, figuring out what gifts to give, and how to not spend too much money while doing so—it’s hard! Over the years, I’ve tried to figure out the best way to get my holiday shopping done, but every year it’s something different. Don’t get me started on the wicked shoppers! But this year, I’ve tried to do y’all a favor by writing up some smart holiday shopping tips. These are things I’ve learned through the years and some other tried-and-true tips to keep you safe and in the holiday spirit—check them out!

Plan Before You Go

I’m not kidding when I tell you that if you don’t plan, you’re going to spend way too much money. Make a list of the gifts you’re going to get for each person and stick to that list. Make sure to include backups in case you can’t find an item, but other than that, try not to make impulse purchases in the checkout lines. Planning out what stores you’ll visit and what you’ll buy at each will help reduce the chances of you buying unnecessary items.

Stick to Your Budget

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized the importance of budgeting, and sticking to that budget. Many younger folks disregard their budget and go shopping without a care—until they get home and realize how much money they’ve spent. To avoid that gut-sinking feeling, stick to your budget. If you’re worried you’re going to over-buy, follow the 30-day rule: if it’s not going to be useful, used, or necessary in 30 days, you don’t need it. 

Do Your Research

Similarly to planning ahead, I can’t emphasize enough the importance of researching products before you go. Especially for those bigger purchases, I’ve gotten in the habit of comparing store prices. Spend some time checking out various brands and options. Don’t forget about the reviews! Remembering to read reviews has saved me quite the hassle, and it’ll do the same for y’all.

Shop Online

If crowds are too much for you or you don’t want to leave your warm house, stick to online shopping. The options are limitless! Amazon is a fantastic place to start, and it will even provide gift ideas if you’re stuck. Again, it’s important to do your research on both the product and the company you’re buying from. If you don’t already, you’ll love online shopping’s variety and speed!

Be Wary of Scammers

For both online and in-store shopping, you need to be wary of scammers. There are a few different types of identity theft that tend to be even more likely during the holidays. From credit card scammers to entire financial identity theft, you must make sure that you’re taking the right precautions against various threats. Make sure you have good security features on your laptop, and never leave your wallet (ID, credit/debit cards, cash) handy and easy for others to pickpocket. It’s scary to think about, but just being safe about your actions can make all the difference!

Start Early

Finally, my most important tip—start early! Starting early on your shopping can make the whole season a lot less stressful. Whether you start by planning out your gifts or wrapping before Christmas Eve hits, starting early will make it easier for you.

This year, try to remember the reason for the season. Spread some love, grace, and kindness this year, y’all. That sure is what I’m spreading to all of you! 

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