Christmas shopping can be a frustrating task because the number of gift ideas is overwhelming.
When finances are limited, getting something for everyone on the gift list without overspending can be almost impossible.
Here are some ways to save money without making anyone feel left out of the holiday celebration.
Smart Ways to Shop for Gifts
Before stepping foot into a store or visiting an online shopping site, look for coupons and discount codes. Retailers offer these throughout the year but increase their offerings during the Christmas shopping season.
Use comparison sites to find the best prices on CDs, books, and DVDs. Enter the name of the item and these sites scour the Web to locate the best deals. Compare prices with shipping costs included so there will be no surprises.
If a particular gift will be suitable for multiple people on the shopping list, look for bulk promotions like three-for-two. Small, independent retailers may even be willing to negotiate prices for bulk purchases so ask.
Shop online at a single retailer to save money on packaging and postage
To limit the number of gifts on the list, organize a Secret Santa with friends or family members so each person will buy something for only one other.
When shopping on online auction sites, always review the condition of items. What seems like an excellent price will not be as attractive if the item is used and in fair condition. Look for products that are new or nearly new and never bid more than can be afforded.
These sites can be very tempting so avoid them if self-discipline is a weakness
Rather than swapping expensive gifts with a spouse, set a low price limit and make this Christmas about being creative. Fill a stocking with inexpensive, yet thoughtful, items or make a gift. Some couples even forgo Christmas presents and use the money to pay off their debts or save for a down payment on a car or house.
There are ways to get items on your own holiday list without spending a dime. Snatch free samples from cosmetics counters at upmarkets and use them to try desired products before buying them. Visit websites that offer product swapping and exchange something unwanted for something needed.
These are the perfect places to find household items, appliances, equipment, and electronics.