Money may be tight but that should not stop you from giving those special people in your life presents on holidays and special occasions.
Look for Sales
Store circulars are a great way to find out about upcoming sales, special bargains, and discounted deals. The spending frenzy for the holidays really starts in a year during black Friday, and then there is the Thanksgiving sale, Cyber Monday etc.
Research Store Policies
It always works to shop at places where competitive prices and deals are advertised for a particular time frame. The truth is you really may not find a good deal, but in case you do just make sure that before you purchase anything you ask about their return policy so that if you find a better deal you can always return a product and buy the cheaper one.
The Right Gift Does Not Have to Cost Much
If you put extra thought in your presents you can always find that your loved one may love something that you can put together without splurging too much. If it is someone in your family, take this opportunity to present them with a family heirloom. You can also put together a basket of all the small things they like, for example if you know what their hobby is you can give them something related to that, a basket of spices, sauces, and festive looking bread for culinary enthusiasts. Most retailers sell themed products, you might find ready-made baskets at cheap prices too, since you are technically buying in bulk instead of buying everything separately.
Nothing beats a gift that you make yourself. If you have the time, you can always make a gift yourself. Look up tutorials online and don’t be afraid to present a hand crafted present. It shows that you put in thought and effort into it. If you think there should be more to the present. Tie candy with a pretty ribbon on it.
Last Minute Shopping
What most people don’t know is that many retailers cut down their prices at the 11th hour, usually because of fear of a product not being sold at all. So if you are worried about Christmas shopping, going out last minute might just have you looking at discounted tags on products. But don’t do this with online shopping, online retailers charge extra for on time shipping on items, however they do have great post holiday sales.
Decide as A Family to be Frugal
In traditional holidays when the entire family comes together it helps if you be honest and discuss on being frugal with gifts. Most families on a budget go with the $20 Christmas gift rule, or some other monetary cap, so that nobody feels that one spent too much on their gifts while another did not. Shopping for tons of relatives can be daunting on anyone’s wallet.