Black Friday is in just a few days, and that means that Christmas shopping is going into full swing (if it hasn’t already for you). Are you ready? Are you planning on not spending too much money? Hopefully this post will give you some ideas and resources to help you save money on Christmas gifts this year. Whether you have one gift to buy or 30, these tips should help you save money (and hopefully some stress) on your Christmas shopping. So read on and get your shopping list together!
1. Consider homemade gifts – If you are on a really tight budget, homemade gifts are the way to go. This can be anything from baked goods to homemade soaps to knit scarves. The Internet is chock full of excellent ideas and instructions for homemade gifts, but here are a few links to get you started:
2. Set a budget and make a list – Then stick to it! If you just wander aimlessly (online or in-store) without a budget or list, you are bound to get into trouble and overspend for sure. You have to have a budget and a plan! Doing these two things alone can save you a lot of money.
3. Check for store coupons and discounts – You don’t need a newspaper subscription anymore to get most store coupons and discounts. Just check their website! Even better, get on the email and/or text list for the stores you plan to shop at and have the coupons and discounts sent to you. This time of year, almost every store has some type of coupon or discount available for in-store and/or online use. (For more ideas for saving online, read this post.) Also, like/follow your favorite stores and brands on Facebook and/or Twitter. They often offer exclusive discounts to their fans/followers.
4.Use discounted gift cards – There are many sources to find discounted gift cards, like Costco, ebay, cardpool.com or giftcardgranny.com. When you buy discounted gift cards, it’s like saving that extra money on your purchases, sometimes as much as 25% off.
5. Follow deal finder bloggers – There are tons of great bloggers who find the deals for you and post them on their blogs, websites, Facebook and Twitter pages. Find one or two you like and follow them to help save time and money. Here are links to some of my favorites:
6. Shorten your gift list – This doesn’t mean you have to exclude anyone at random, but consider doing a gift exchange instead. This works well for offices and large families. Simply have everyone draw names and then you only have to buy one person in that group a gift. Or with families, consider only buying the “kids” gifts. There are other creative ways to shorten your list, just be sure not to make anyone feel bad or left out!
7. Offer your services – If you have some extra time but not extra money, why not offer your services to a friend or family member in need? Maybe your sister or best friend could desperately use a night out but can’t afford or doesn’t know a babysitter. You could offer to babysit for a night or two instead of giving a gift. Or maybe someone you know doesn’t know how to cook or doesn’t have time to cook. You could offer to bring or make them a meal or two. Think of the people you know and their needs and match that to the talents you have. This type of gift may end up being appreciated even more than just a pretty sweater or a DVD.
I hope this list and these resources are helpful to you. I’d love to hear: What are you best tips for saving money on Christmas gifts.