It won't be long until the Christmas season is here! Have you already started getting out your Christmas decor? It's a little too early for me to do that yet, but I will be on Thanksgiving weekend. One thing I have done, is started my shopping! I consider myself a pretty good Holiday shopper, so I am sharing my tips today on how I keep it easy and affordable!
Make a Budget
Christmas shopping for a large list of people can be very overwhelming, especially if you are strapped for cash. One way to help with this is creating a budget from the get go. Decide how much you are going to spend on each person, and don't go over that limit. Plus, then you know what kind of gifts you can buy with your budget.
Don't wait until mid December to start your shopping. You won't find sales, great prices, or great items. You'll feel stressed and rushed. Plan ahead - it will pay off. You can catch great sales, even as early as Labor Day and Veteran's Day. This will save you money in the long run, and help you with your preset budget.
Take Advantage of Sales
Speaking of sales, take advantage!! Don't be afraid to buy the gifts early, you'll be so glad that you did later! You'll find great items and be way more prepared. Especially pay attention to boutiques - they tend to have sales on these Holidays before Christmas. Oh, and don't forget about Black Friday!
Shop locally and shop at unique outlets, including Etsy! You will find unique gifts here, one that noone else will give. Even Etsy has giftcards. Little boutiques that aren't chains, will offer more quality gifts, and often times have quicker shipping. Not to mention, you'll be supporting small businesses. I can't tell you how many times I have gotten my sister gifts from Etsy!
Don't be afraid to people for lists! You can get an idea of what they want, and you'll be sure they get something they actually want. I usually get my family some from their list and some things I pick out on my own. You should also make a list for yourself, so other people can get an idea of what you want too!
This is how I make Christmas a little more manageable on a budget! What are you tips, I would love to hear yours!