Tips for Shopping Smart During the Holidays

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Happy Holidays! Isn’t it such a wonderful time of the year?

From the smell of holiday cookies and cakes (Yum!), to the sound of Christmas carols and holiday movies (Yay!) and Christmas being just around the corner who wouldn’t want to give into the temptation of such a joyful and hopeful disposition.

However with that abandoned joy and hope comes the opportunity to give caution to the wind and spend, spend, spend!!!

But before you lose yourself in the euphoria of the season and adopt insanity as your best friend for the next month, remember that there is life after the holidays and what you choose to do today will most certainly affect you tomorrow.

So, before you hit the pavement and open your purse or wallet to whatever blows your way, here are a few tips that will not only help you make sound decisions, but will also have long-term benefits.

 
Debit or Credit:
  • Use the debit side and avoid the credit side of the card.
  • With debit, you are in a position to use only what you have and it’s instantaneous, so you see it immediately. 
  • With credit, you can end up going over your amount; and because it’s not taken out of your account straightaway, you may miscalculate and think you have more in your account then you really do.
Make a List:
  • Sit down with a nice cup of coffee or tea, a pen and paper or your tablet, and make a detailed list of who you’re going to purchase a gift for. 
  • Do not forget to include your mail carrier, work gift exchange, family gift exchange, etc.
  • Completing the steps above, will help you stay focused.
Budget:
  • Know your budget, and set a specific amount for each individual.
  • Do not forget to include tax.
  • Once you begin shopping, do not veer from the budget. It you’ve decided on $10, then keep it at $10 and don’t go over that amount; but you can certainly go under and save some money.
Pre-Shop:
  • Do your research.
  • Know what items you want to purchase.
  • Shop around online, or call around to see who has the best deals.
Gift Wrapping:
  • Find out the benefits for each store you’ll be making a purchase in.
  • Example – the store you’re in may offer free gift wrapping. If they do, take advantage of this perk, because it will save you money, and will allow you to put your savings towards something else.
Gift Receipts:
  • During the holiday shopping season, a lot of stores will immediately print up a gift receipt in lieu of the actual priced receipt.
  • Remember to request the actual receipt with the price printed on it.
  • It will ensure that the person returning the gift will get the full value amount, versus the after holiday sale amount.
After reviewing these holiday tips, I hope you’re feeling better about facing the holiday shopping craze!

You Are?!

Then, Get Ready, Get Set, Let’s Smart Shop!

Here’s To Your Health!!!

Stephanie B. Davis

Certified Natural Health Professional

**Disclaimer: Please pray and ask God for direction and always consult a doctor before starting any new regimen.**

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2 thoughts on “Tips for Shopping Smart During the Holidays

  1. SONYA

    Thanks so much for those helpful tips in planning a Great Holiday. Everything was lay out perfect and well organized of planning your budget and knowing what to and what not to buy. Most of all let’s us pray and ask God to lead us and guide us in this time of spending. Great Job! Stephanie B. Davis
    Happy Holidays to You and Your Family

    • Hello Sonya,

      Thank you for the comment and feedback. You’re so right. Prayer should definitely be the first thing we do before planning and making out any list.

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