Whether you’re an online shopping aficionado or prefer going to the store, you should be preparing for some holiday shopping by now. At least, if you want to save some money while doing it.
The best and most important advice anyone can give about this is: plan, plan, plan! You need to know, first and foremost, a couple of things:
– how many people you’re getting presents this year;
– how much are you willing to spend per person and in total;
– how much time you have to spend browsing for deals.
Making a gift checklist
This one is from aHolidayHaven.com and it’s the simplest, best one I found. A great start.
So, now that you have your list, what should you do next? Compare prices. Go online, to Google even, and just search the product you’re looking for. Browse the online shops and see where it’s cheaper. It is that easy.
Upcoming sales events
Also, there’s the biggest retail sales event coming up: the Black Friday and Cyber Monday. For those of you that don’t know what this is “Cyber Monday is a marketing term for the Monday immediately following Black Friday, the Friday following Thanksgiving Day in the United States, created by companies to persuade people to shop online.” They used to be only on the day after Thanksgiving and the Monday after that. But now they’re expanding and there are already some pre-Black Friday deals in some online shops. Don’t be fooled: the best deals are still on these days. But some of you may not be interested in fighting over a product just because it has 60% off. My favorite of these two is definitely Cyber Monday, and last year I took advantage of it in some stores to buy my family some really discounted gifts. This year Black Friday is Nov 23 and Cyber Monday is Nov 26. Only a couple of weeks away!
There are some really good deals out there and you will be tempted and may end up buying things you really didn’t need just because they’re half-off or more. I’ll repeat what should be your mantra this season: Plan, Plan, Plan!
If you plan your holiday shopping, I’m sure you will be able to save some money. And all of these tips that I shared with you for this seasonal shopping can really be applied to your everyday life the rest of the year if you want to. We plan our grocery shopping list and I check the flyers of the supermarkets that we have closer to us to see where the products on our list are cheaper. And if you do this on a regular basis, it will become just a part of your thinking. You will be more aware of deals and ways to save. We don’t have the possibility to go couponing here in Portugal – we don’t have that – so we need to be smart while shopping.
I hope this 4-part Online Shopping Series was helpful to you! See you again tomorrow!
Check out the entire series and share with your friends!
– How to buy online – Part I: safety tips and tricks
– How to buy online – Part II: saving as much as you can
– How to buy online – Part III: my favorite websites to save