How To Get Ahead On Your
Every year, it's the same old story: you plan to get your Christmas shopping done early...hopefully before the post-Thanksgiving rush. Yet somehow, you always end up facing the mobs late in December, frantic to find those last-minute gifts. Well, it's time to break that stressful habit. Here are a few ideas to stay ahead of schedule for your holiday shopping deadline.
Keep Your List With You At All Times
Whether your gift list is accessible on your smart phone or you're a more traditional sort who likes to keep a paper list folded up in your wallet or purse, make your list early and keep it with you. That way, whether you're doing major shopping at the mall or just running out for a gallon of milk, you can check to see if there is anything close by that might let you knock an item off the list. You can even set your phone or e-mail service to send you a daily reminder to check the list. In fact, why not check it twice? Reliable sources tell us this is also how Santa keeps track of who's naughty and nice.
Not-So-Junky "Junk" Mail
When many of us shop online, we sign up for product updates and sales bulletins from our favorite businesses. But then, eager to clear out our crowded e-mail folders, we delete anything that isn't from a friend, family member or work associate. Well, before you click that message into oblivion, take a quick look and see what's being offered. It just might be the ideal Christmas gift for that hard-to-buy-for person. And obviously, paying attention to online deals and discounts can save you money too.
Do The Hard Shopping First
We all have people on our list who we love shopping for: those close friends and family members whose taste we know so well, or whose personal passions lead us to specialty shops that are so enjoyable to browse through. It's natural to shop for these "fun" recipients first, but that leaves you with less time to get your "chore" shopping done. Incentivize your shopping priorities by not allowing yourself to do the "fun" shopping until the rest of your list is taken care of. You'll probably clear off a good chunk of that list in no time, as you'll be eager to reward yourself with the more entertaining purchases.
Keep Track Of What's Nearby
For those who don't enjoy shopping, going from store to store to store is pure punishment. But if a department store where you might buy some gift bed linens is close to the auto shop where you're headed for repairs, you've got a fast and easy path to killing two birds with one stone. Of course, malls were made to make multi-task shopping more efficient, but in this day and age, most of us save time and transportation costs by doing more of our shopping online. Even in the virtual marketplace, however, proximity can be a convenience. After finding that perfect sweater for a co-worker, take a few minutes and click around for other items offered by that same business.