Holiday crunch time is here! Even if you’re the savviest shopper, you may be in a panic because you can’t think of thoughtful gifts for many of the special people in your life. Plus that long list of yet-to-buy gifts threatens to bust your holiday budget, which just adds to your stress!
Fear not, here’s how to overcome gift-giving anxiety from our friends at the Hot Shopping Tips podcast, which you can check out on iTunes as well as Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and other podcast apps.
Digitize your gift list.
You can put it in the Flipp app’s shopping list; that way you always have it at your fingertips. The list can also help you stay focused and on budget. And the app will automatically round up flyer deals on every item, making it easier to find the best price.
Do a quick budget check-up.
Figure out how much money you have left to cover what you haven’t purchased yet. Then based on that amount, you can assign a specific amount to each gift. You may need to rethink some of those expensive gifts so you don’t end up racking up credit card debt! As you purchase each item, subtract it from your holiday budget total. This will let you know how your budget is doing at all times and make it easier to make adjustments as needed—and reduce your stress by keeping your spending in control.
Make sure you get the best deals.
No matter where you’re shopping, before you buy make sure there’s not a better price available from another seller. Use the Flipp app’s search feature to see if you can find the item for less.
Get your gifts there on time.
If you can, take advantage of Free Shipping Day, which is Friday, December 14 this year. That’s the day when hundreds of online retailers offer free shipping deals. And remember that Best Buy is offering free shipping to everyone this holiday season. Target and Walmart are offering free 2-day shipping with no minimums and a $35 minimum, respectively. The later you shop on other sites, the more likely it is that you’ll need to pay for expedited shipping to ensure your gifts arrive by December 25th. Make sure you factor that amount into your price comparisons.
Grab last-minute gifts.
Even if you realize you forgot to buy a gift for someone on Christmas Eve, you’ve still got options. Many supermarkets and drugstores will be open late on the 24th and may have limited hours on Christmas Day. Browse Flipp supermarket and drugstore flyers for last-minute ideas. Or you can make your own grocery store “gift basket” by filling a colander from the kitchen gadget aisle with a selection of charcuterie or their favorite foods, or fill a basket with baked goods, and top it with a bow from the gift wrap section. You can order gift cards on many sites and have them delivered in a flash electronically. If you’re a member of Sam’s Club or Costco, you can buy many of their cards (which include retailers and restaurant chains) at a 15 to 20 percent discount. To keep your cool, pick up an extra gift card or two. Then if you receive a gift you weren’t expecting, you’ll be able to reciprocate. If that doesn’t happen, you can use it after holidays to take advantage of January blowout sales!
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