It’s almost that time of year – department stores across the country are already becoming clogged with shoppers eager to pick up pressies for Christmas. To some, this brings a feeling of joy. Others will roll their eyes and dread the coming rush. Here are some quick tips for avoiding holiday headaches.
- Keep a close eye on your web browser, because there are plenty of online deals out there (particularly online coupons).
- This is a fairly obvious point, but one that few shoppers act on: buy your gifts as early as possible. This will ensure you’re not hit by any Christmas price hikes, and will allow you to lay-by more expensive items. Also, if you purchase items online, keep in mind your gifts may be delayed due to increased demand on Australian Post during the holidays.
- Use gift cards as a last resort. You want to save these easy-way-outs for the future when you literally can’t think of anything or are strapped for time. When in doubt, DVDs and the aforementioned coupon deals are a good bet.
- For Christmas meals, buy as much of the non-perishable items ahead of time as you can to save money (and time) later. This will also allow you to dodge Christmas Eve shopping for great quantities of food – which is notoriously stressful.
- Keep all of your receipts so that you can replace defective (or unwanted) items. Also, keep all Christmas receipts in one place so they don’t get mixed up.
- Buy decorations and cards after Christmas when they’re reduced to clear for next year. You may feel silly doing it, but you’ll save a lot of money in the long run.
And remember, nothing says ‘Happy Holidays’ like a carton of beer and a funny hat.
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