When holiday season or a loved ones’ birthday is coming up, you might find yourself rushing to the mall to find something. Not only is it stressful to run around looking for gifts, but you usually end up spending way more than you should have.
Of course, there are ways to avoid this.
You can not only be stress free when you buy gifts ahead of time, but you can also save a significant amount of money, if you do it the right way. When following a few simple tips, you’ll end up cutting your gift budget and still getting everyone gifts that they’ll enjoy.
Tips To Save Money Buying Gifts
1. Shop Online
This obviously not only saves a lot of time and fuel for your car, but can also help you find the same items on much better prices. You can compare them at various sellers until you find a deal that you can afford.
Just remember that you need to include the shipping costs to your total.
2. Sort Your List
Whether you’re going out to shop, or try your hand at online shopping, you can save money by sorting the people you plan on giving gifts. For instance, you can plan on giving your male friends similar gifts, the same way with female friends and relatives.
Cologne or a tie for the guys, a scarf or a purse for the ladies – these things can be bought a few at a time. That way you not only save time, but can buy in larger quantities, which usually also means reduced prices.
3. Check for Coupons
Always be sure to go over the internet and look for your retailers’ coupons. Follow them on social media and keep an eye for special promotions. You can save a lot of money if you take the time to find discounts to what you need.
4. Used isn’t Always Bad
Although it may seem that buying used gifts can come across the wrong way, you can actually leave a very good impression if you know what to look for.
Hand-crafted or vintage things can be a unique gift that will stand out from the rest and will have a personal touch that won’t be easily forgotten.
5. It’s Okay to Barter
It may seem a bit uncomfortable to go and ask for a discount, but bartering has been a part of the shopping for as long as it existed.
Whether you’re shopping online, or at a store, you can always ask for a 10 or 15 percent discount, and will probably get it more often than not.
Simply ask if they could give you a discount for your purchases and you will often be pleasantly surprised – managers understand that a little discount is much better than a customer leaving without buying, so usually they are more than willing to agree to your request.
6. Create Gift Baskets
If you’re on a really tight budget, but want to give a nice present, consider turning to the discount/dollar shops.
By themselves, the items might not be an impressive gift, but with a little thought and composition you might create a nice gift basket that will not only look nice, but will be useful and appreciated.
You can always find ways to please your loved ones on the special occasions, even if the budget is tight. Just remember to plan ahead and don’t be afraid to be creative. Sometimes the out of the box approach can get much better results than the traditional, more expensive gifts.
If you just take a little time and patience, the next time holiday season come along you’ll have one thing less to worry about.
Michelle Forsyth is a self-employed writer and blogger with a BA from Melbourne University. When Michelle is not writing or blogging she spends time with her two kids and spends time online shopping for the best deals!