5 Easy Ways to Save Money This Holiday Season

With the holiday season approaching quickly, thinking of ways to save and spend wisely can help you avoid getting caught up in all the spending. You don’t need to break the bank on gifts and decorations to make the holiday season memorable for your loved ones and friends. Below are 5 easy ways to save money this holiday season that anyone can follow.

1. Make a gift-list and stick to it.

It’s easy to succumb to impulse buys while you’re out shopping. Before you hit the malls or surf the web for internet sales watch what you spend by creating a list for your friends & family. The key here too is once you create your list making sure to stick to it.

2. Get daily deals delivered to your inbox.

Sign up for emails from sites like Gilt.com and Zulily.com, which offer discounts on popular brands for women, men, kids and the home each day. Most of your favorite websites also have daily deals if you subscribe to their newsletter – so look for that at the bottom of the homepage on most websites.

3. Take advantage of in-store pickup.

In-store pickup allows you to save money on shipping fees by having your items delivered to your local store, instead of to your home or office.

4. Hit the sales.

Research sales circulars before you shop to make the most of your trip and enjoy big savings. Also make sure to turn to Google and check to see if there are any discounts on your favorite websites like Amazon & Ebay. A simple search like “Amazon discount finder” can help you find hidden deals.

5. Play Secret Santa.

Do you come from a large family or have a large group of friends? Instead of buying gifts for everyone, each person draws a name from a hat and purchases a gift for that person. Be sure to set a spending limit that keeps everyone’s budget in mind. Not only does a Secret Santa experience help relieve some of the stress and financial burden of exchanging gifts with every member of my family, it gives us a chance to focus on the giving aspect during the holidays.

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