Christmas is a time for happiness! Christmas is also the time when some of the biggest shopping happens! Whether you are buying from your friendly neighbourhood store, Walmart or from one of the online shopping portals, Christmas is the peak business season for manufacturers and retailers. If you plan ahead and prepare, your Christmas shopping can be smart and economic while fulfilling your expectations.
Make a wish List
You may want to buy an appliance for your home. You will also want to gift your family members, relatives and friends. Make a list. Figure out where you would be buying them. This will help you take care of your purchasing plan and save time and travel.
Make a budget
Make a realistic wish list with a proper budget. Work your way through the list to finalize what you really want to shop. If there is an overrun on the cost front, retain the necessary items and skip the impulsive buys. This will help save heartbreaks later!
Keep Track of Offers and Discounts
Some of the best offers and discounts are announced early. Keep track of offers being announced. Accumulate coupons, vouchers and other discount offers. This will also help you plan on what to buy where. Some items you can buy locally, some of it might be available online at a better price. Keep balancing your list and budget with the offers.
Planning early also gives time to match multiple offers on the same product and arrive at a shopping decision. There are coupons starting from Christmas Trees to cakes, so start planning early to avail of the best offers. Remember it is the early bird that catches the worm!
Find that Ideal Time to Shop
All that is left for you is to plan when to shop. This is important, a million others are shopping during the same time and if you are too early, the new range of products for the season might not have arrived and if you are too late, they might all be gone! So plan your shopping trips wisely. Choosing a weekday makes sense as the shopping crowd is smaller. Choosing a time around lunch also works for the same reason. Buy the perishables closer to the festival and durables well ahead.
Here are some great apps to plan your shopping!