Holiday shopping is often associated with crowds, overspending, and stress. American Financial Network is here to tell you it doesn’t have to be that way. Whether you’re finishing up your holiday shopping or haven’t started, here are 5 tips to make your holiday shopping a little less stressful and a little more meaningful.
- Create a list and budget
Write down who you need to shop for. You can even download a smartphone app to take that list with you everywhere. Having a list of recipients will ensure no one is forgotten and forces you to scramble for a last minute gift. Also, create a budget and keep track of spending. It’s too easy to get caught up in holiday shopping only to have hefty bills appear in January. Set the standard upfront to avoid a chilling winter.
- Take advantage of online shopping
More and more stores are having their Black Friday deals in-store and online. Some retailers are even showing off their deals weeks before! You can easily plan your shopping from the comfort of your home instead of fighting crowds. Instead of sitting in a line at 5am on Black Friday, save yourself some sleep, get your shopping done, and make your family breakfast – all before 9am.
- Get it done early
Finding that perfect gift at an overcrowded store can be overwhelming. Try to get your shopping done well in advance of the holidays. If you have to go to the mall, skip the weekends and go during the week, preferably during the day. If you work, considering taking a long lunch or the day off. Going while no one is there will be a stark contrast to those packed December weekends.
- Ask for help
If you’re home is the place of celebration, get help from your guests. One of the most time-consuming and stressful tasks is grocery shopping. For a real time saver, ask your guests to bring a dish. Not only will you spend less time searching at the grocery store, you’ll also spend less time in the kitchen. Now you can spend more time with your cousin Jeremy (if you want to that is).
- Reward yourself
It’s easy to get wrapped up in the holidays. Budget some time or money just for you. Whether you plan a day at the spa, golf course, or just want to check out the latest movie, take the time to treat yourself. You’re more likely to enjoy time with friends and family when your mind’s at ease.