Monday, December 17, 2012

Savin' Maven Monday: Holiday Shopping Tips

Happy Monday my loves!

I hope all of you had an enjoyable weekend. I really got a lot of things done. I cleaned, took some items to Goodwill, added some super cute items to my shop, and, here's the kicker, I finally put my Christmas tree up! I know we're all of a week and a half away from the big day but hey, better late than never, right!?

Speaking of the big holiday, how many of you have finished shopping for gifts? I'm clearly soooo behind this year-I haven't even started yet!!! Is it just me, or do you all find that things are 100 times cuter when you're supposed to be shopping for someone other than yourself? And each time the cashier asks you if you've finished shopping your response goes a little like this-"I haven't even started yet" or "I'm supposed to be gift shopping now but I keep finding things for myself". 

If either of those responses are even remotely close to something that you have said over the past weekend then you're at the right blog! Today I want to share with you some holiday shopping tips that may, or may not, help you to curb those additional spending urges.Make A List (Holiday Shopping Tip)

Make a list. This is true. I make a list for everything-outfit inspirations, goals, books to read, bills to pay, etc. Not only do lists help you keep everything organized but writing things down will make you accountable for them. So make a list of everyone you need to shop for.

Set a budget. This will vary depending on how many people are on your list. Once the budget is set you can divide that by how many people you have on your list. Be certain to keep in mind those people like mom, dad, or a significant other,  for whom you may spend a little bit extra.

Use reward cards. Shop at stores where you have "frequent flyer" rewards cards so that the money you are spending now will net you some type of reward in the future. For example, New York & Company gives out a $20 gift certificate to platinum card holders for every $200 spend on the card.

Take advantage of daily deal sites. Search sites like Groupon and Living Social for last minute deals that no one else will think of. This way your gift can be inexpensive AND unique.

Shop those clearance racks. Many stores are preparing for their winter/spring lines (crazy right) so lots of summer/fall items are marked down very cheap. Now is the perfect time to purchase coats and boots.

Price Match. This is especially true for toys and electronics. Visit stores like Target and Wal-Mart where you may be able to scratch a number of things off of your list in one visit. Don't forget to take the sale ad with you too.

Get creative. Dig into your personal stash of craft supplies to create hand made gifts such as picture frames and/or scrapbooks. Not only are these types of gifts more personable, but they save a ton of money and stress.

And there you have it. I hope these tips will be helpful to you during your shopping escapades. Let me know if you think of any additional tips that I may have left out.

I can't wait to hear from you!

Thanks for reading.


  1. Great tips! I love using savings cards, coupons and shopping the sales racks. I typically make my holiday gift selections earlier in the year.


  2. Great tips! I think the hardest part for me is sticking to a budget. :)


  3. Excellent! I always make sure to get some rewards for the shopping I do...

  4. Thanks for the tips. I also make full use of the sale!

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