Thursday, August 6, 2009

Saving the $$$$$$$

With regard to gift-giving—something it’s nearly impossible to avoid at Christmastime—consider these ideas to help you spend less and have the gift count even more!

First, think like Santa. Make a list and check it twice. If you work from a list (and a budget), you’re less likely to succumb to impulse buys. If you don’t have in mind a specific item for that hard-to-buy for aunt, at least list a category (kitchen item, book, etc.)

Second, comparison shop. Check online sources and weekly circulars for the best deal, incentives or coupons. Again, if you have a specific item in mind, comparison shopping is a breeze.

If you really want a particular item that’s beyond your budget, ask another family member to split the cost with you. Much better to surprise that special someone with a pricier gift she really wants than several smaller items that she doesn’t need.

I hope this helps you as you plan for Christmas shopping. Now what money-saving ideas do you have to share?

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