There are just 32 days until Christmas, how crazy is that?! The rest of the year always seems to drag slowly by, but then when it gets to the festive season, time seems to speed up. I hoped that by now I would have done most, if not all, of my Christmas shopping, but sadly, I am yet to buy a thing.
I don’t know about you, but when it comes to Christmas shopping, I like to be savvy. It’s not that I’m stingy – I love giving gifts, it’s just that I don’t like to waste money. So, when it comes to doing my Christmas shopping, I like to save wherever I can. Over the years, I have developed some great ways to save on my Christmas shopping.
Want to know how I stick to my budget every year? Then have a read of this and take note of the tips and tricks below.
Take advantage of Black Friday (and Cyber Monday)
This week is, without a doubt, the best time to shop for Christmas presents. With Black Friday and Cyber Monday looming, there are some incredible deals on offer. If there’s anything that I need to buy for Christmas that I know is expensive, I tend to see whether it goes on sale during the Black Friday or Cyber Monday events. To find all the best deals, I use sites like Every Day Is Black Friday. These types of sites list all the best deals and discounts, making it easier to see how you can make the best savings.
Compare prices before you buy
I tend to do most of my shopping online for two reasons. The first, because come Christmas the shops turn into a total nightmare, and the second because shopping online makes it easier to compare the prices that different stores are charging. There’s no running around writing down which store is charging what, with one quick Google search you can see which store is the cheapest for a certain product.
Use cashback apps
I’m a big fan of cashback apps – I love the fact that they actually give you money back. Whenever I can, I buy my gifts via cashback apps. It might only be a small saving that I make, but it’s better than nothing. Each small saving that I make adds up, and can be put towards another part of Christmas. At least, that’s what I tell myself, anyhow – normally I end up spending my savings on a Starbuck’s Gingerbread Latte!
There’s no getting away from it, Christmas is an expensive time. Even if you only buy for a select few people, it soon adds up, doesn’t it? That’s why it’s so important to learn how to be a more savvy shopper so that you can cut the cost of your Christmas shopping.