One of my kitchen magnets
I’ve put myself on a money lockdown until the end of the year. Seriously. This means no new pairs of boots, bags, dresses or fall coats. None. The fantasticly slouchhy Steve Madden boots I just purchased (at a fantastic price, I might add) hold the place as the last item I’m buying for myself in 2010.
Nonetheless, we are entering into the holiday season. I’ll admit I’ve even started Christmas shopping. My money-saving methods are carrying over into the holiday arena – I’m hunting for the best gifts at the best price. Makes sense, right? Even though I tend to spend more than I want on shopping at times, I pride myself on typically staying within budget over the holidays while not skimping on gifts – no one better disagree with me. : )
Tips for Holiday Saving:
- Determine your budget and stick to it – I don’t set a FIRM budget down to the cent because sometimes you see things you know someone will love, but I DO set a budget. I make a list of who I need to shop for and almost tier them out according to dollar amounts. For example, Mom and Dad take up more of the budget than some of my girlfriends. I determine what I will spend on each person and do my best to hold true.
- Know how to find the best price – Check multiple shopping sites before making a final decision. For fashion and apparel, sites like Shop It To Me aggregate different shopping sites into one so you can find the best price. For other items, Google Shopping does a really great job of helping to find the best prices.
- Make a running shopping list – I literally have a running email draft entitled “CHRISTMAS” with links of things I’ve seen for different people.
- Shop with cash when possible – Bring cash if you’re planning on shipping at the mall vs. online. It’s harder to part with cash than plastic. : )
Anyone else already getting in the Christmas spirit?