1. Coupons, Coupons, Coupons. Cut those coupons out! I look for the ones that have a certain amount off a total purchase. I wait for the store to have a sale and then go use the coupon. Therefore, I’m getting items on sale and then getting an additional amount off.
2. Baked goods make fabulous gifts for coworkers and neighbors. Make sure you don’t make something with a million ingredients that are expensive and hard to find. Make something that is traditional for you or a classic recipe. The key to baked gifts is the wrapping. Can we say DOLLAR STORE?? Make a personalized tag, use festive ribbon and you’re good to go! Don’t forget to include the recipe on a cute recipe card (found in the 1$ section at Michael’s).
3. Make a list ahead of time. Figure out who you need to get presents for and what you want to get each person. Also, decide how much you want to spend. This will prevent the, “It’s on sale and I’m sure I can give it to someone as a gift” thought process. Typically, when I do that I’m left with a bunch of left over little items that I never gave away.
4. Draw names or do a white elephant gift exchange with large families or groups of friends. Sometimes it’s just too expensive to buy for everyone. Then you can set a slightly higher limit and give/ receive a quality gift.
5. Shop after Christmas sales. I always hit up Yankee Candle the day after Christmas and buy a lot of gifts 50% off for the following year. The scents usually don’t change and the candles are just as good a year later. This is just as good for Christmas decorations, wrapping paper, bags, ribbon, etc. Just make sure to see what you have the following year before you get your gifts.
6. Don’t buy it just because it’s on sale. I’m sure you like receiving meaningful gifts from friends and family. Put thought into your gifts. Buy things that your recipients will actually want/use.
7. Do your research on big ticket items.
8. Don’t wait until the last minute. The closer to the big day, the higher prices can be. Especially if the item is in high demand.
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