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Published on: 27 Apr 2017 by sophia-addison
Christmas can be a
stressful time if you do not plan your shopping. We have all gone through last
minute shopping, which can suck out the excitement of the season. So to avoid
the hassle of finding parking and massive queues at the store, here are a few tips
to help you get your Christmas shopping done early.
Look Out For
It is common for stores
to have sales throughout the year. There are discounts, deals on shipping and
returns, and flash sales. You can also take a look at clearance sales, which
happens before new stocks come in. Especially for apparels, new lines are produced
every season. Styles from the previous season will then go on sale. As you are
not limited to time when you buy Christmas presents early, you can wait until
the sales are on to buy a specific item. Do note that the same item can cost
twice or more when you buy it at the last minute. This can mean hundreds of
dollars in saving.
Take Advantage of
Laybys are making a
comeback. A layby is basically a
system where you pay a deposit to secure the item. You then pay the remaining
on instalment within a period of time agreed with the seller. You will only
receive the item once the entire payment is completed. This is great if you
have a set budget per month, and can only afford to pay a specific amount at a
time. That way, by the time the Christmas season rolls in, your wallet is a lot
less stretched. This of course requires you to plan ahead to ensure that you
can have the item just before Christmas.
One of the biggest
inconveniences of going to a brick and mortar store is
that you have to physically get out of the house, spend some time travelling,
look for parking, and then go through the aisles looking for the things you
need. But with online stores, all of these are averted; shopping is simplified.
You save money on travelling. It is also easy to browse around and do some
researching on the item and available deals. Again, online shopping will
require you to make the purchase ahead of time as it takes time for delivery.
To be on the safe side, do not let the estimated day of delivery fall on a day
This next tip may be a
little too extreme, especially since tastes can change in a year. But if you
really want to save big, you can buy the presents on Boxing Day, or in other
words, 364 days before the next Christmas. Just make sure that the item you
intend to purchase it not limited to a time frame. For instance, do not buy
children’s clothing based on a child’s exact size as he will definitely grow
out of it by the next Christmas. So think ahead and perhaps stick to something
that will still be good in a year’s time.
Not only do these tips
lessen the stress, you can also save yourself some money when buying items
early. Happy shopping!