The Best of this Life’s Holiday Shopping Tips
The holidays—as many Christmas-themed movies over the decades have depicted—can be a crazy time. You’ve seen the videos on YouTube about fistfights over designer boots on Black Friday, and severe injuries when hordes of people try to get inside a store at once. I do not want this to happen to you—I care about your safety! By following some simple tips, you can ensure that your holiday season shopping is painless and safe for you and your wallet.
Black Friday Gimmicks
Don’t give in to the hype. Yes, stores tout the “insane deals” happening on Black Friday and throughout the weekend, but studies have actually found that many places hike up the prices beforehand to create the illusion that a huge savings is being offered. Don’t give in and buy a bunch of unnecessary items. If you just so happen to need a blender over that weekend, go for it; you’ll still get a good deal. But avoid the frenzy.
The Internet is Your Friend
Technology and big name distributors like Amazon and department stores offer a lot of the same deals online, saving you the hassle of driving and navigating through crowds. If you are an Amazon Prime member, free shipping is included on loads of items, so take advantage of that. Why not shop in your living room with some comfy slippers and a hot cocoa in hand?
Buy Handmade Gifts
Another fantastic way to shop for the holidays is by supporting small business owners who create handmade items through Etsy and iCraft. Not only are you avoiding the frantic nature of department stores, but you’re gifting your family member or friend with a one-of-a-kind item that was made with love, and can’t be found anywhere else!
Remember the holiday season is about so much more than spending 😉
Do you have a stress-free shopping tip to share?