Friday, November 26, 2010

Day 4 Christmas Blog Challenge

Day 4: Tips/Tricks to a Budget Friendly Holiday Season

Well I would love to say that I am always budget friendly for the holiday season...but truthfully that is just not the case. I do make a list of what I want to get everyone, but there are some people that I often drift from the list and end up getting them way more than I planned on. Like my momma, I always say ok let's just get her this. It seriously never works that way lol Aarika and I get momma her stocking stuffers. And do we just get little things? Of course not! ahaha!! We usually go all out.

So back to how to be budget friendly...stick to your organized list and do not stray from it :)
Hubby and I are pretty good at finding coupons when we shop online. Seriously, it is a.m.a.z.i.n.g how many coupons there are for online shopping. We just search and search. Probably takes a good 20-30 minutes, but I have saved $50 one time just from online coupon codes. So trust me it is so worth the time browsing.

Also the closer it is to Christmas, the more deals there are. Yup, it is true. If you are a procrastinator you will save some money. I think it is because stores are trying to get rid of everything, so they just mark things way low. Especially with clothes, I have noticed the prices go down about 20% or more from just two weeks earlier. So maybe we should all be procrastinators ;)

Oh and one last thing, if you are planning on getting gifts for people that you will not see until after the Christmas holiday, holy moly!! go shopping then. There are awesome deals after Christmas too. Sometimes I think we should just all wait until the week after to celebrate because we will save so much money.
But then again...Christmas wouldn't be the same celebrating on New Year's lol

Happy Holidays!!! :-)



Kit said...

Great tips! I have a hard time sticking to my list every year!

Sarah the Writer said...

I'm not much of an online shopper (except when I get gift cards) I always forget to look for coupons for in-person shopping - including each week I go to the grocery store! I even have a couple coupon sites bookmarked so I can search them for what's on my list.

Great tips! Didn't know that about the deals near Christmas.

Smiling is Good for Your Teeth said...

Making a list and sticking to it is definitely a must to stay on budget!! But it is soooooooo hard..... ;-)