The holidays are closer than you think, and the stress of holiday spending can make them more frightening than fun. You can follow some simple tips to keep holiday spending in check and focus on the best parts of the holidays: spending time with family, and of course, the food!
- Set a budget and stick to it.
Make a list so you know who to buy for, and leave some room for items you wouldn’t normally think about like cards, gift wrap, hostess gifts and even eating out since you’re more likely to stop at restaurants when shopping.
- Do your research.
The internet makes comparison shopping even easier. Before you venture to the mall, look online to see who offers the gift at the best price.
- Be thoughtful.
Don’t limit your gifts to in-store purchases. Sometimes, the best gifts come from the heart. Give the gift of a shared experience, or a hand-made item that you know will mean the most to the receiver.