The stories we’ve heard of Santa Claus is that he is always well-prepared and does his shopping/toy-making on time, so why don’t you do the same? If you are going out to buy your gifts and other stuff in-store, consider these rules-of-thumb to reduce Christmas shopping stress and limit the temptation to over spend:
- Set a time limit for your shopping – Go in there, get your stuff and get out so you are not tempted to spend more than you want to.
- Shop at odd hours – Take advantage of extended opening hours and go when it’s less crowded so you can choose carefully without having to jostle for space. I like to do my shopping very early in the morning.
- Buy less expensive stuff first – If you buy larger and more costly items first you may lose perspective on what is a good price since you still have money. Set your budget, buy small things first, and then tackle the big stuff (using your bargaining power) so you stick to your gift budget.
- Use Pay & Pick-up – If you buy online, check if there’s an option to pick up in-store; then use it. You’ll save on shipping, skip any lines, and there will be less temptation to buy more.
- Limit your shopping locations – Only go to shops that you need to visit so you don’t get distracted and buy on impulse.
I wish you a stress-free Christmas shopping.
By the way, as are also preparing for the coming year don’t forget to check my new book “The Price of Financial Freedom: 3 Essential Steps For Breaking the Cycle of Debt“. It may the most-profitable book you’ve ever read.
To your success,Niyi Adeoshun
Money Management Coach
Author of "The Price of Financial Freedom"
(3 Essential Steps for Breaking the Cycle of Debt)