My most favorite thing about this season is having such a great excuse to be in and out of stores every day for two months. With having a serious shopping addiction, aches and pains will start to fill your wallet if you are not careful. I have studied and got it down to a science when it comes to saving money for the holiday season and Christmas shopping!
Balling on a budget can make shopping this season just as fun. Plus, you won’t be mad at yourself at the end of the day. With sales and promotions constantly going on around stores during this time of the year, there is really no reason to be spending full price on items, unless they are specialty products. Let me know if you have any extra tips, as you can never be too safe when it comes to saving money!
Make a Budget-
MAKE A BUDGET PEOPLE! Take some time out of your day whenever is most convenient and bring out a journal of some sort. Make a list of everyone you need to purchase gifts for, even be sure to add in co-workers and others that you normally don’t think most about. Add in how much you plan/want to spend on each person and stick to it. You can take a picture of it with your phone so you have it with you everywhere you go. When I make mine each year, I like to add in what I plan on getting them or ideas I have for presents, just so it can be even more secure in the holiday budget. This will not only help you to save money, but it will also help you to avoid buying things that you don’t necessarily need.
Read the Ads, Newspapers, Etc.-
I’m sure that many of you don’t receive the newspaper to your house each morning, but at my house, we do and I love it. Not only are Sunday ads the best, but holiday ads are even better! It helps to give you ideas and inspiration of not only what you want to gift but may want to ask for as well. Ads normally list discounts and sales that are going on in stores, which you should make sure to take advantage of! This will help when planning out when you should purchase specific presents, decor, food, or whatever you may need this holiday season.
Download and use apps similar to RetailMeNot and Ebates-
Following along with staying up to date with ads and sales, apps like RetailMeNot are great for this time of year. You can check out your favorite store’s steals and deals, all while saving and earning money back from purchases.
DIY Gifts to Give-
DIY’s are not only super fun, but they can be really functional as well. I am so happy that DIY’s became a thing because it normally saves you so much money and is customized. Pinterest is the best place to find some of the most amazing DIY’s for gifts and anything else you need.
What is your most used money saving tip?!