Holidays are about spending time with friends and family.
Yes, that’s true.
But there’s shopping too!
Here in the great country of the United States of America, shopping during the holiday season is a big deal.
I am not advocating that everyone should go out, shop online, or spend money just because it is gift season. No, not at all.
But if you do shop, you might as well save money on the things you are going to buy. Isn’t that so?
Here are some shopping tips and suggestions for you during this holiday shopping season:
- Shop around. Don’t just buy something at the first store or website. Write down the prices and keep track of them.
- Make a list. It’s easy to get distracted by all of the things on sale or the items listed in the front page of websites. Write down the specific products that are on your mind and stick to that list.
- Find the best deals. There are sales and offerings all over the place. Do your best to look at the bottom dollar price to see where you can save the most money.
- Use coupon or discount codes. Are you new to a website or store? If so, you might be able to use a special coupon code to save extra money. Search the internet for discount codes and apply them to see if they can save you money.
- Easy returns. Have you ever bought something that was defective and then had a hard time getting a refund or replacement? If so, you know that it matters quite a bit if companies offer easy refunds or returns. Think of this fact before you commit to your order.
- Credit cards. Another important consideration is whether or not your credit card can extend the warranty of the items you purchase. Some other credit cards offer great points, rewards or cash back of you use their cards, but make sure you are aware of your interest rates and other credit card details that can be expensive over time.
- Consider experiences instead of products. A lot of the best moments in life come down to fun and special memories and experiences that have nothing to do with gifts and toys. Think of this during the holiday season.
- Don’t go crazy. This year, think of the time you have with your friends and family and appreciate them for the joy they bring to your life. Gifts will be forgotten but wonderful memories will last a long time.
These are just a few things to consider this holiday season. Consider saving money to be something to help you and your money, and do your best to rise to the occasion for this challenge.
Remember the true meaning of the holiday season which is to be together with friends and family members. Spend as much quality time with each other as possible and give thanks for the good things in your life.