Christmas is here! Does the thought of Christmas shopping have you stressed to the max? Does getting everyone on your Christmas list seem impossible? We all heard the talk about the economy, and it is now official we are in a recession. So you may be doing your Christmas shopping on a tight budget this year. However, no matter the condition of your finances, you can have a good Christmas and be able to give great gift if you shop wisely this Christmas.
The key for your Christmas shopping is to shop the clearance racks. You can get a lot of great gifts for those on your Christmas list and save tons of cash by doing the bulk of your Christmas shopping in the clearance isle. Most stores have a small section of items that they drastically slash the prices on, many up to seventy percent or more! Sometimes these isles are hidden, and many times the clearances are on out of “eye view” shelves at the end of an isle, so keep your eyes peeled.I often go to WalMart with the intention of only picking up diapers, and walk out spending a few bucks more on some great clearances items. No matter the store, you should be able to find a table or isle with great mark downs. If you do the bulk of your Christmas shopping by stopping into stores frequently to snag these items, you will have a whole closet full of goodies to wrap by Christmas Eve.
Don’t let the recession fool you, many stores have taken a huge blow to the belt because of tight fisted customers this Christmas season. The average American household is not able to spend as much as just a few years ago on Christmas gifts, and with that knowledge – stores are competing for customers business! Be sure to check your local stores fliers and circulars frequently. I have seen “Black Friday” type deals continue on way past black Friday. Many stores are offering excellent deals this Christmas shopping season to not only get you in the door, but to keep you there! I have been surprised at the incredible deals available, but the key is to shop the circular only. If they get you in the store to buy their sale items, and you pick up things that are priced at retail, then you fell into their trap. Go for the sales, and stay away from anything else. Remember, these stores need to stay in business, and they do that by advertising a great sale, hoping to draw shopper to their store to buy items not listed in the flier!
On line Christmas shopping is hotter than ever. Why wouldn’t it be? It’s super convenient, quick, no lines, no hassles! There are certainly some wonderful Christmas shopping deals to be found in the world of on-line shopping. many merchants such as Overstock.com, Amazon.com and others offer a huge discount versus regular retail stores. On top of that, because these on line stores want your business, they are willing to offer free shipping many times and other great deals. Click this link to find out where and how to find secret savings by using promotional codes these on line stores don’t tell you about! It is so important to make sure you are getting the best, bottom dollar deal, and punching in a few letters and numbers in the promotional code box can help you do just that!
Another huge way to save this Christmas is for people whom you may not exchange gifts with until a few days after Christmas. The deals you’re able to get the day after Christmas are sometimes mind blowing! Take advantage of those special savings if you have someone on your Christmas list who you are not getting together with until after Christmas!
There are some stores that are offering extra bonus gift certificates just by buying a certain dollar amount of gift certificates for “someone else” this Christmas. If you happen to be in one of those stores, buy the gift certificates, and DO YOUR Christmas shopping with them, and save the bonus certificates for either extra for yourself, or something to give in a card. For example, let’s say you are in a store which is offering a free $10.00 gift certificate for every $50.00 gift certificate purchase. You will go into the store, buy the 50.00 gift certificate with the money you already planned on spending in the store – whether on Christmas gifts or needs of your own. In return you will get a $50.00 gift certificate PLUS a $10.00 gift certificate! You can easily buy something with the $10.00 certificate for someone on your Christmas shopping list, or save it for their Christmas card!
I hope these Christmas shopping tips help you save some money this year, so have a great time shopping and have a Merry Christmas!