And Just Like That Here are my Top 10 Tips to Holiday Savings!
#1 – MAKE A LIST
Without a system, we are bound to overspend, overbuy and possibly forget someone.
#2 – START SHOPPING NOW
Great clearance items are everywhere. Scored a pair of $13 roller blades last week at Target.
#3 – KEEP IT MANAGEABLE!
Too many gifts
become too much clutter! Take into account all the gifts that come into your house from multiple parties before deciding on how much to put under the tree.
#4 – DRAW NAMES!
Instead of buying something for everyone, draw names! There is an element of specialness to this style because focus is making one person feel special.
#5 – HOST A DINNER/POTLUCK!
This is great for friends, co-workers, and neighbors. Everyone brings a drink and a dish to pass. If you do feel the need for a gift, do a funny exchange of something you ALREADY own.
#6 – BUY USED!
Facebook Marketplace, Play it Again Sports, Antique Stores, etc. One of my sons is way into snowboarding. Under the tree will be a used board (that looks practically new), with binding and boots for a fraction of the price. Other people’s kids act just like yours. They shift hobbies and grow fast! Used can be just as good as new.
#7 – TAKE ADVANTAGE OF COUPON SITES!
Ibotta and Rauketen offer opportunities to get cash back on your purchases. Super easy and user friendly to set up. Anywhere from 1% to 20+% back on your purchase price. Just got $100 back in my hands this month from using these sites.
#8 – FORGO THE FANCY WRAPPING!
Many times (especially with kids) no one notices the frills. Keep it simple.
#9 – BUY THE DAMAGED BOX!
Turns out you can get a significant discount on things with a damaged box. I have used this method through Amazon multiple times. One Christmas, I got a Hot Wheel track more than 50% off. The box was taped together when it reached my porch but it didn’t matter – I was assembling the toy beforehand anyway.
#10 – MAKE A GIFT, INSTEAD OF BUYING!
Putting natural talent to work (draw, paint, bake, etc) is a great way to let someone know you care. Maybe I am unusual but I dig the cookie jars, hot cocoa mixes with marshmallows, etc.