Shopping For Holiday Savings

Christmas Saving TipsThrifty gift-giving may sound like an oxymoron. After all, how can you be prudent when the holiday season has you buying, buying, buying gifts for everyone on your list?

Fortunately, there are many ways you can spend less and enjoy more about the true meaning of the holiday. Celebrate these three tips and save on your shopping!

Draft a list
Smart shopping starts with a list of all your recipients. Organize friends and family into groups based on cost level and jot down ideas for possible presents. When you hit the mall, stick to the list and check price ranges for each person before buying that cute but expensive cashmere sweater for your roommate.

Oppose the urge to grab a gift that is outside your budget. Remember, your friends understand you don’t have a fortune to spend, and it’s the meaningful value of your gifts that counts most!

Small but sentimental
Chances are, your camera is loaded with snapshots of friends dancing to the latest tunes, sharing a laugh over lunch, or just hanging around campus and enjoying the weekend.

Put those photos to good use and check out websites that let you create personalized products such as photo calendars, mugs, magnets, mouse pads, note pads, and more! Buying in bulk for all your friends will help you save even more money, and you’ll be creating keepsakes they’ll treasure forever.

Shop the sales
You may not be a fan of the Sunday paper, but hidden among all that news is a valuable coupon and advertising section where your favorite retailers, chain stores, and local outlets include special discounts and market mega sales. Of course, even if you’re not into in-store shopping, you can always check out online sites for the latest deals on holiday gifts.

Use your favorite search engine as a tool to help you quickly compare prices to make sure you’re getting the best deal on the best gifts.

Have any more of your own smart holiday shopping tips to share with fellow broke-college students? Be sure to share them in the comments section below!

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