Holiday shopping can be overwhelming, expensive and stressful. It’s often difficult to keep track of what holiday or Christmas gifts you already purchased or who you still need to buy a gift for.
Shopping in stores definitely has its benefits. It often supports local businesses. It’s also a great way to go out and see neighborhoods. Or it may be a fun tradition with loved ones.
However, if your holidays are as busy as mine skip the line with these quick steps:
- Make a list of what gifts you want to purchase. I choose to keep mine on my phone year-round in my “To Buy” list so I can update it whenever. If I’m shopping during the year and see something in a store I can also remember to buy it that way too. But when it’s already December and you still feel like you’re short on items, you can sit down at a computer and turn to your list to save you time. Having a list also keeps you organized as you buy gifts for people by keeping track of who you got what and also making sure those items get delivered and don’t get lost in the mail.
- Search for deals going on online. I always pay attention to Cyber Monday and try to set aside time to see if there’s anything worth getting that day. Installing a browser extension like Honey is another way to get deals. You can add it to your browser and when you’re checking out at any store it finds coupons on your behalf.
- Set aside half a day to get it all done. Sitting down earlier is better to ensure your items arrive on time. I like to save half of a Saturday at the beginning of December.
You can always buy something in a store afterward! But at least you’ll get the majority of the shopping out of the way if you follow these steps.