Christmas Shopping Tips There’s no doubt about it, Christmas is definitely heading our way. If you haven’t been outside, and you haven’t watched television, shopped online, or listened to the radio, then you may not be aware that shops are trying hard to get us to spend our money with them.
At this time of year, a lot of people start to wonder what they should buy their loved ones for Christmas. They also start to wonder how on earth they are going to be able to afford to buy all of the presents they have in mind.
Here are some tips that can help you to curb your Christmas spending, while also ensuring you buy the presents you’ve been thinking about.
Wait for the sales
Very soon shops will be lowering prices, so that you will feel more inclined to spend your money with them. This is only a good thing if you were thinking of shopping with them anyway. If you weren’t, then please just ignore the sales, and make sure you get the presents you want, from the retailer of your choice. (Unless you find that gift a lot cheaper elsewhere).
If you have to use a credit card
None of us particularly want to use our credit card, but sometimes we just have to. If you think you’ll have to, then please make sure you pay the money back as soon as you can. Add another£5 to the minimum payment if that’s all you can afford. Alternatively, use the money you currently have, and don’t overspend by a penny.
Don’t be fooled by promotional offers
Although there are undoubtedly some good offers around right now, don’t be fooled by them. Remember when those big boxes of chocolates were £5 a few years ago? That’s because they contained 1 kilogram of chocolates, now they only contain 750 grams. You’re not getting your monies worth here, so look for a good deal elsewhere.
If you’re feeling seduced by a ‘Buy one get one free’ offer, take a look at the price that the items are selling for right now, and work out how much they cost when they weren’t on offer. Chances are you could be paying a little more than you should.
Take a look online to see if it’s cheaper
This is the best way for you to make the most of your money. See what’s on offer, take a look at the good job web designers have made of trying to attract you to a site, and save yourself some cash.
It really is possible for you to spend your money wisely, and get everyone the gifts you had in mind. Don’t go mad, be sensible and start your Christmas shopping as soon as you can, and reach for those bargains.