Wednesday, December 12, 2012

2 Shopping Secrets That Can Save Tons of Dollars on Christmas Shopping

I always look forward to shopping and buying gifts during the holiday season. There’s just one thing that I don’t like about it. And I’m sure that many of you don’t like it as well – you can say that again! Yes, I love shopping but I don’t like the cost that’s associated with it.

In my quest for finding comfy pair of Bamboo Shoes sandals, I discovered 2 holiday shopping secrets that have saved me a huge amount of money for a couple of years now. I’ll share them with you in a bit.

But before we get down to business, feel free to let me know what you think of these tips in the comments below.

Smart Holiday Shopping Tip # 1 Go for last minute shopping. This might not be your cup of tea but hear me out. Doing last-minute shopping in groceries and malls can be very stressful because of the volume of people that are doing the same thing. But one thing that you should keep in mind that closer Christmas day gets, the chances of reducing product price increases. This is one thing that I’ve noticed over the years.

For a safe and hassle-free last minute shopping, here are 3 things that you should remember:

1. Dress comfortably. I’m absolutely sure that an aching feet from your ill-fitting shoes is the last thing that you’d like to get when racing against time and other shoppers. Put on a pair of well fit jeans and a shirt for that casual and ready look. Wear ballet flats or sneakers to help you get ready for running about the store.

2. Leave your little ones at home. The grocery store instantly turns into a battleground when the big day comes closer. If your kids have no special participation in your shopping trip, it would be better to let them stay at home to avoid injuries and other untoward incidents.

3. Plan ahead. Never ever go into the holiday shopping battle without being prepared. Make sure to have your shopping list on hand so that you won’t miss a anything and have to go for a second round of last minute shopping

Doing last minute shopping is a fun way to save money during the Christmas season. But keep in mind that you have to prepare well and be ready for the ultimate shopping battle of the year.

Smart Holiday Shopping Tip # 2 Buy off season fashion items. Are you dying to buy that exquisite leather trench coat? Then you can have it. But you’ll have to wait until the season is about to end to snag huge discounts and get the coat of your dreams at unbelievably low deals. Allow me to let you in on a big dark fashion secret.

Well, it’s not all that serious. I’d just like you to know that fashion retailers of clothes, shoes and accessories often follow the four seasons. This means that when the spring/summer time is about to end, they items left in the inventory up for sale so that they can clear their stocks and make way for the fall/winter collection.

Take advantage of this retailing arrangement by timing your purchases whether it’s the Christmas season or not. If you like a particular style of clothing that’s hot for that season, it would be smart to wait for price reductions before getting your hands on them. Aside from getting the chance to save up for your dream purchase, waiting it out can give you the best value for your hard-earned money.


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