Marketing, Motherhood, and Mayhem

Tis the season

November 24th, 2010 by Deb McLean

Thanksgiving Day is tomorrow and in America it is a time to offer thanks, of family gatherings and holiday meals. A time of eating too much turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie. A time for football, holiday parades and giant balloons in the shape of cartoon characters.  It’s also the time the mayhem starts to set in as everyone panics about Christmas and what to get everyone on your holiday list (if it hasn’t already). 

If you’re like most people, just the thought of holiday shopping will probably make you cringe in fear.

Don’t Wait Until the Last Minute

Are you one of those people who adds to your own stress level by doing last minute Christmas shopping? Do you know better, but it seems to happen anyway?

Look at it this way… When you shop on Christmas Eve you’re going to have to fight the crowds, choose from limited merchandise, and wait in long lines. Buy your gifts little by little, beginning NOW, and you can avoid last-minute shopping fiascos.

Shop in Off-Peak Hours

Most stores aren’t very busy early in the morning or late at night. Shop at slow times and you can forgo the crowds and long lines. Better yet, find some stores that are open 24 hours. 

Take a List

Start your Christmas list early in the season. When the holidays near, keep a pen and paper handy to write down all of your gift ideas. Always take that checklist with you when you go shopping This way, you’ll know exactly what you need to buy and you’ll be less likely to forget anything.

Set a Budget

Are you still paying for Christmas gifts in January and February? Work out a budget and stick to it. Buy only affordable gifts and you’ll find it much easier to pay off your credit card debt

Watch ads and Black Friday to be on the lookout for in-store holiday sales. You can save a pretty good chunk of money because almost anything you may want to buy eventually goes on sale. Still, there are some things that won’t and you’ll need to decide whether to get it while it’s available. Sometimes, you have to pay more for things you really want.

If you’re up to it, consider taking advantage of “After Christmas Sales” to get wrapping supplies and gifts for next year. You’ll have to put up with the crowds, but it may be worth the money you’ll be saving and the satisfying feeling it gives.

Happy Holidays!

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