Halloween has passed and that means it is officially the start of the Christmas season! This post is one of many Holiday themed posts to come, so stay tuned.
For some people (myself included) this is a very exciting and enchanting time of the year. For others, however, it can be stressful and overly expensive. Which is why I’ve decided to share my advice on keeping the Holiday season joyful and exciting. It may be early to discuss Christmas and the Holidays, but it’s actually the perfect timing since you will be prepared with an arsenal of tips before the rush. *wink*
Buy everything earlier than everyone else. Though this advice sounds counterintuitive, it actually ends up saving you a whole lot of money. For instance, in my area some pre-lit Christmas trees are currently on sale for nearly half of their original price. The closer it gets to Christmas, the more expensive tress will be – you know, supply and demand. Also, when you go early to buy ornaments and household decor, you will find a huge selection of items compared to shopping mid-season, when stores are already sold out of their good deals and sold out of their nicest things. Further, when it comes to gift shopping…keep the same motto. Go earlier than most people go for the same reasons listed above. That said, gifts are easier to find and deals do happen through the season, however some things sell out faster than others. All the same advice goes for buying gift wrapping supplies…trust me, those pretty papers and cute bows sell out way faster than you can imagine. So don’t wait for November to be over before you start shopping! It took me a couple of years to learn about this secret, but now I am sharing this sage advice with you.
Look for deals online. Sometimes you can fine deals appearing online sooner than they come into store. That’s because stores often take a while to fully stock their merchandise and change the layout of the store for the Holiday season. So, be prepared by looking online first. What I also found is that some deals are available only if you purchase it through the company’s online store. Additionally, items which are out of stock in store are often available online & can be conveniently shipped to your door or to the store for pick-up.
Budget ahead of time. I like to be frugal in my spending during the last half of September and all of October. This way I am focused on saving for the Holidays, meaning I can put aside enough money to get everything checked off the list with no stress. Decide how many people you will be buying gifts for as well as what decorations (if any) you will be buying, that way you can estimate what your budget should allow for.
Buy all of your decorations for next year after Christmas. Stores will be having mega blow-out sales of all their Christmas decorations, so Boxing day and the few days following that are your best bet for buying next year’s decorations for the lowest possible prices. So keep an eye out for those more expensive pieces when Boxing day rolls around, because you will likely be able to get them at 50%-75% off.
Handmade gifts are some of the best. While buying people what they’ve been dreaming of is a phenomenal way to make their Holiday season magical, DIY personalized presents and stocking stuffers are a very sentimental addition to someone’s gift. If you’re on a budget, there are numerous inexpensive DIY gift ideas that will make anyone feel special without breaking the bank.
Wishing you the best of luck on your Holiday shopping adventures!