The holidays are a time for giving. They're also a time of fighting your way through stores and crowds to get the one last Barbie doll your demanding daughter has asked for. But holiday shopping doesn't have to end up with an in-store meltdown. In fact, it can be a breeze. With these holiday hacks, your holiday shopping will get done so effortlessly, you'll actually be able to enjoy your time off from work!
Keep your kids in control by tying a bright balloon on them. The balloon will function as a baby beacon, ensuring that you'll be able to keep an eye on them at all times... even if they wander off as kids like to do. The only downside? If everyone starts doing this, your one balloon will get lost in a sea of balloons. Thankfully it hasn't caught on yet!
Have a plan in place before you shop by making a list of what you need to get, where to get it and for whom to get it. That way, you get get in and get out, like a Christmas shopping ninja. Or more realistically, get in, realize you have extra time on your hands and get Dippin Dots and then get out.
Say Your Birthday Is In December When You Sign Up For Rewards
When you sign up for the rewards program at your favorite store, like, say, Costplus World Market, say your birthday is in December. That way, you'll get discounts and free stuff that you can use when you do your holiday shopping. Plus it's not a lie if your birthday is actually in December!
Everyone always gets a sweater for Christmas. Why not give someone a bikini instead? Off-season items are usually on sale come Christmas-time, so you'll be able to save money and guarantee that nobody else will be giving the same gift as you. Uncle Frank is going to use that grill year-round!
Wait until after the holidays and take advantage of the post-holiday sales. You'll save money and you'll save the headache of having to scramble to buy last minute presents next year by preparing waaaaay ahead of time. All you need is a great place to hide them.
Use a flat rate box, and you'll be able to ship literally anything under 70 pounds for the same price. Like the U.S. Postal Service says, "If it fits, it ships." The only limits are your imagination! And also the size of the box.
Or skip paying for shipping altogether and sign up for Amazon Prime. If you start a free 30-day trial in December, you'll be able to beat the system and send all of your loved ones gifts for free! You'll still have to pay for the gifts, though.
Don't go over budget on your holiday shopping by leaving your credit card at home. Take only the amount of cash you've allotted for your shopping with you. As a bonus, you won't be tempted to buy that sweater for yourself, because you physically can't... unless you just decide that Aunt Mary doesn't need a present this year.
Don't get hangry when you're holiday shopping this year. Eat a good meal before you go to keep yourself full of good cheer. That way, when you fight with a soccer mom over the last Spiderman action figure, at least you'll be doing it with a smile on your face!
It's literally a salesperson's job to get you to buy more stuff. If you steer clear of them, you won't be tempted to buy presents that you don't need and will regret later. They're pretty much the devil trying to entice you. Not today, Satan!
The holidays are about giving gifts to others. And apparently stores think the holidays are about enticing you to buy gifts for yourself. Stay on schedule and on budget by resisting temptation to get something for you. Just drop really loud hints to your family instead!
The Holidays should be bright and cheerful. With these holiday hacks, hopefully you can focus on what the season is really about... Getting drunk on eggnog while trying to come up with ways to escape from your family!