Tips on how do all your holiday shopping at a fraction of the cost…

I have a big family, duh, right? Ha, ha, ha! But what is crazy is trying to get gifts for everyone, including extended family members. Over the years we have spent literally thousands of dollars on Christmas, but unfortunately, we can no longer afford to do so… Now we do things a bit differently so here are some of my Holiday Shopping Tips –

Tips –

  • Instead of purchasing all the adults in the family, try putting the names of all the adults in the family into a hat and have each family member pull one name. Be sure to make specifics, like a $25 or $50 spending limit or no gag gifts, what every you like. This makes shopping for the number of brothers, sisters, and adult nephews, much easier.
  • Purchase group gifts for the matriarch and patriarch of the family. Instead of everyone spending hundreds on nice gifts, group together all the siblings and put money together to get them the perfect ‘big’ gift, maybe something they wouldn’t normally purchase or something sentimental.
  • Purchase a personalized gift for grandma’s and grand-dads – You can find personalized tee shirts at VistaPrint for only $2.00.

Shopping Deal Sites –

Finding holiday gift deals has become easier than ever – there are a number of deal sites that you can sign up for! Many of these sites offer daily or weekly deals on the items that would be the perfect gifts for anyone in your family.
  • Daily Grommet –  Daily Grommet offers a wide assortment of deals for women, men, children, and the home, pretty much everything you could think of. Click HERE to sign up for free!
  • HomeSav – HomeSav is another site that offers amazing gifts for the home at a huge discount! Click HERE to sign up for free!

HomeSav

  •  HauteLook – HauteLook is an amazing site that offers the perfect gifts at a fraction of the cost.  You can find the perfect gift for men, women, teenagers, and even children. Plus, once you sign up, you can check out their Facebook Page to be entered to win a $250.00 Shopping Spree:) Click HERE to sign up for free!
  • One Kings Lane – One Kings Lane is your go to for unique gift items for the home… I have purchased some children’s gifts, as well! Click HERE to sign up for free!

Daily Deal Sites –

There are also daily deal sites that offer local deals in your area, as well as, shopping deals. I have purchased from each of these sites, myself!

But, like many of you, I sometimes feel that real Holiday Shopping can only be done in the stores! But remember, you don’t have to pay full price in the store, either…

  • Be sure to watch the sunday papers to find the best deals and remember that stores such as WalMart & Target Price match
  • Sign up for email updates from your favorite stores. – Yes, I know it can clog up your email accounts but believe me, I have received the best deals and coupons by signing up for email updates.
  • Check for store coupons – stores such as Target have store coupons that you can print and use, along side of manufactures coupons…
  • Print coupons; every so often Hasbro and Matel come  out with nice coupons – click here to check for the newest coupons.

Sign up for Free Shipping Accounts…

Many sites, such as Amazon.com have groups that you can join, such as Amazon Prime. If you plan to do a lot of holiday shopping on Amazon, I would suggest signing up for Amazon Prime. It is $79 for the year, but well worth it since it saves so much. I buy a lot on Amazon and believe I have saved hundreds in shipping thanks to being an Amazon Prime member… plus we get tons of free instant videos!!!

All in all, never forget that some of the most precious gifts are those hand made – so get to Michael’s, Target, or where-ever you go and find a craft that your kiddos can do and get them going 🙂

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR HOLIDAY SHOPPING TIPS?

Please comment below with your tips…

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