Shopping wisely during the holidays can have a big impact on our budgets, our wallets and whether we are drowning in holiday debt to start the new year!
Lifestyle expert and family blogger, Angie Campanelli has teamed up with AIR MILES to share her top holiday shopping tips to help you spare your pocketbook this Christmas.
Here are the Top Holiday Shopping Tips from Angie Campanelli:
1 – Set Realistic Expectations: Whenever I approach a new holiday season, I reassess everything before I start the planning phase. I spend time researching top home, décor, food and toy trends to make sure that I’m only going to buy things, and do things, once. Looking at curated themed guides are a time-saver and definite go-to for us.
- Talk to kids early to get a sense of what they’re hoping for from Santa
- Map out holiday parties and events to anticipate hostess gifts etc
- Who shall receive DIY, baked goods, cards and/or presents?
2 – Manage a Holiday Account. Start early and set money aside. As soon as the holiday season ends, start putting money into a separate (high interest savings account) so you’re not trying to shuffle funds around at the last minute
3 – Shop Creatively & Think Outside of the Store. Don’t just think of items in stores and / or online shopping. One of the biggest trends of late is translating rewards points, like AIR MILES, into gifts. Now is that perfect time to cash points in for gifts from a reward list. This is a great way to make year round spending take the edge off your holiday shopping. Check out the AIR MILES Gift Guide for the hottest gifts this season for everyone for everyone on your list without spending a penny – just check out the curated lists, pick items and voila! Just order before December 8th to get it on time!
4 – Try a Financial Fast: In the week(s) leading up to holiday shopping, try a financial fast. Set a timeline (one week for example) where no spending is allowed. You’d be surprised at how much you save when you stop grabbing a coffee on the go or that extra pack of gum at a check-out. Cash in reward points or gift cards for your everyday necessities but nothing more!
5 – Ask for a deal! You’ll never know unless you ask (didn’t your mama tell you this)? You’d be surprised at how generous stores can be when a polite, genuine customer asks if there are any extra discounts or sales. With a quick scan of a barcode you could be saving an extra 15-30% just for asking nicely.
6 – Be prepared for Shopping Days: Leave the kids at home, pack water and food (will save you money and time), create a detailed list – and stick to it – and enjoy yourself. Expect there to be long lines, parking issues and more. If you set those expectations low and real, you’ll find that you’re much happier!
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I love earning Air Miles rewards and redeeming for free merchandise. It is definitely one of my favourite loyalty rewards programs. Saving up your rewards points all year, then redeeming before the holidays on gifts and store savings is a fabulous way to reduce or eliminate your holiday expenses. Sounds like Angie and I could be savings twinsies!
Tell me, have you tried any of these holiday shopping tips before? Which is your favourite?
Disclosure: I was not compensated to share this information. Opinions expressed on this blog are my own.