Christmas is coming! It’s time for family, friends, have good food, shopping, and buying presents. Christmas is one of the most wonderful seasons of the year where we disconnect from work, meet loved ones, eat food and sleep and it also an opportunity to go on vacation. Despite all these factors, Pre-Christmas preparation isn’t all about fruitcakes and reindeer. Christmas can be exhausting with shopping stress and crowds everywhere.
Buying gifts, greeting cards, buying clothes, home decoration and cooking good food eats up all your investment. If you have been struggling to make this Christmas best among all, then you need a survival guide to float through easily.
How to survive shopping season without burning hole in your pocket or going crazy on deals, we have brought you a complete shopping solution to make the coming Christmas exciting for all.
Deals & Offers
‘Super Saturday Sales’ falls on Dec 20, 2014, 5 days before Christmas and is expected to arrive with tons of sales to consider. Sears.com has already begun promoting for Christmas sales. Target is offering “buy one get one-half on most toys” sale; JC Penny is holding “Friends and Family” discounts. Toys R US is pushing “The Great Big Christmas Sale.”
Check supersaturdaysales.org for great offers and deals from major retailers like Amazon, Samsung, Target, Sony, Walmart, and others. Deck on more deals at offers.com. There are electronic deals from $100 to $400 off on your HDTV, 47% off on Men’s clothing, Up to 50% off on Handbags + Free store pickup and up to 90% off on holiday gift items.
Some of the online deals you can consider-
Fire HD Kids Edition Tablet- $159.00
WD Elements 2TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive- $92.35
Logitech Wireless Combo MK270 with Keyboard and Mouse- $19.99
Up to 70% off on Nokia Lumia 520 GoPhone (AT&T) with free shipping – $29.99
RCA LED55G55R120Q 55″ 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV- $499 with free shipping
Samsung Silver 11.6″ Chromebook PC with Samsung Exynos 5 Dual Processor and Google Chrome OS–$199
Mohawk Home 2-Piece Area Rug Set, Multiple Prints – Was $39, Now Only $19.97
Free Shipping on the Top 100 Holiday Gifts
It’s impossible to navigate through shops without any assistance. What should you cook for dinner on Christmas Eve? Where can you get the best-priced presents? If shopping and festivity isn’t going in the right place, here are few apps that might help you to prepare for Christmas:
Groupon-Before Santa will come, it’s time to do some serious shopping. It’s not easy to buy gifts for everyone. Toys will never be enough for kids, elderly people have enough jumpers and you can’t afford a Ferrari to appease your significant other. Groupon can help with you amazing deals, discounts, and offers across several gifting options. Apart from offering physical gifts, you can also gift coupons for a spa treat, hot air balloon ride, cheap tickets to festivals, concerts or a sport match, and even discounted rates in restaurants.
Christmas Food- Gifts have pleased people, wine is served and everyone is waiting for Christmas feast to be served. Instead of your usual dried turkey, it’s time to cook something different this year. Christmas food app offers a festive spin to your regular recipes. The app teaches you to prepare your favorite turkey, bake potatoes and make Christmas pudding more tempting.
justWink Greeting Cards- Can’t meet your friends this Christmas? A thoughtfully written Christmas card would mean more to your loved ones than a present could ever do. If you cannot meet someone on 25th December, justWink Greeting Cards lets you send cards by email, SMS or social media, and also by traditional postal mediums. You can also personalize your card; add your own words, handwritten signatures, photos, and videos.
Christmas List Snowball- Buying gift for everyone is a tough task. Christmas List lets you organize and track gifts for an unlimited number of recipients. You can also monitor your budgets and create wish-lists. With the paid version, you get barcode scanning.
Etsy- It’s the world handmade marketplace with lots of items of artisans and designers. It features more than 18 million products for sale from sellers around the world. This app is perfect to find unique gifts for some difficult-to-impress person in your life.
Whether you are shopping for geek friend or makeup-lover mom, your Christmas gifting options will limit to a high-end phone or a makeup kit. If you want to impress everyone with your classy gifting style that too in budget, we have rounded up cool gifts that are trending in the market.
Gifting for her? Bhcosmetics offers up to 55% off on holiday makeup. You can find gifts under $5, $10 and $15 respectively. Get up to 70% off on Microsoft Xbox One Consoles for Kids with free shipping. For him, you can buy Harley Davidson gift under $50. For tech-lovers, a hard driver, cutting-edge drone, storm keyboard, and wearable will please them.
Amazon Gift Cards can also be a good option. You can also find relevant present ideas on Amazon gift finder by selecting specific recipient, age, and budget.
Before you think of decorating, cooking or wrapping up gifts, the foremost things to consider are planning to save money and reduce stress. Christmas is definitely the most expensive holiday and if you wait until the last day to buy gifts, party clothes or decorations, your bank bills might ring louder. Try a new way this time to save money-
-Set a total budget and start saving. Once you know how much you have spend this year, make a short-term account with interest benefit and add money to it monthly until you achieve the goal. Having assurance that you can pay half of your expenditure will prove useful to enjoy holiday rather than worrying about your credit card bill.
-Work on your greeting cards as early as possible. Greeting cards can be expensive. Instead of purchasing, you can make your own greeting cards or shift to an online e-card. This makes the process less time-consuming and expensive.
-Online retailers often offer free shipping options on orders over a specific amount, but make sure you order early for it to arrive because free shipping usually has the slowest delivery option. Many retailers have come up with Holiday Shopping Deadlines for delivery cutoff dates. You can check latest shipping deadlines at offers.com. Shopping online is a great way to buy best gifts, save time and avoid crowds.
-Many retailers from kids’ stores to luxury brands have offer plans where shoppers can pay off for products in advance. Shop early with Christmas deals, you can have your gifts arrive home by Christmas.
Hopefully, these tips might help you save few dollars this year. There are many DIY home décor projects that you can work on. Hand-made decorations and greeting cards will save you more money and will make your gift more personalized. Do you think there are more bloggers who might have made it to the list? Let us know through your comments. Share this post on Facebook or Follow us on Twitter and Google+.