It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but for you and your family, it’s also the busiest. The holidays bring trips to book, parties to plan, meals to cook, homes to clean and of course, work and school schedules to manage. On top of that, you have to tackle perhaps the most daunting task of all – the holiday shopping list.
Can it be done? Of course it can! But you can make it a little easier with these four tips guaranteed to cut through the clutter and streamline holiday shopping.
* Make your list and check it twice. Along with making a holiday budget, create a detailed list of everyone you need to buy for. Include specific sizes and the dollar amount you plan to spend on each person to save you time when you hit the store. You can also save your list to your phone for easy access right at your fingertips.
* Stock up and spread cheer this year. Make sure to stock up on a few generic, gender-neutral gifts to have on hand during the holidays should you receive an unexpected gift from your next-door neighbor or mailman. This way, you will be prepared to spread the joy of gifting no matter who shares it first!
* Decide which deals belong on the naughty and nice list. Use your smartphone or other mobile device to research a store’s holiday deals ahead of time.
Make sure the gifts under your tree are price match guarantee. Most stores offer price match guarantees throughout the year, but especially during the holiday season. Hold on to your receipts and keep an eye out for new ads and sales as the holidays get closer. Price matching could be your ticket to further holiday savings.