It’s no secret that things just keep getting more expensive with each passing year. From the cost of food and petrol, to the cost of clothing and personal items, the prices just keep on rising. It’s also no surprise then, that the cost of the holiday season keeps getting higher too. Even so, there are ways that you can save on everything from food to presents and everything in between. To help you save and make things a little more affordable, here are 4 easy ways to save on holiday shopping this year.
Don’t Rush to Spend on Sales
The advertisements are bright with bold text and the signs will draw you in – but don’t feel the need to shop at every sale that comes along. Chances are, the items that you want to get that are listed as “on sale,” will be on sale again before the holidays are over. Or, you may even run into a little luck and the item may go on sale again with even a bigger discount! There are never any guarantees that the sale you’re waiting for won’t be the last, but chances are, you’ll be able to find the same or better discounts again.
Don’t Rule Out Online Shopping
Some people love to shop online, while others don’t. It’s really a matter of personal preference, but if you’ve never done so before, the holiday season may be the right time. With so many people shopping from the comfort of their home or office computers these days, online retailers often have the same – if not better sales than physical store locations. Plus, when you don’t have to spend money on petrol and sit in traffic, it makes shopping a lot less hectic!
Split Costs between Family & Friends
A lot of the expenses that come from the holidays are from parties and holiday dinners. Instead of doing everything yourself (and spending all of the money), have everyone that’s coming bring something to eat and/or drink. Even if only a few people volunteer to bring something, it will still save you a lot of money. Or, if you’re going on a trip for the holidays, offer to meet family in the middle, or take more people with you to help absorb some of the costs.
Yes, the holidays are expensive, but with a little planning and changing up your shopping habits, it’s pretty easy to save here and there!