Holiday shopping is never easy and it’s even more challenging when you’re on a budget. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve wandered aimlessly through the malls with no clue what to buy and so frustrated that I pick something out of my budget just so I don’t walk out empty handed. But I’ve learned from my mistakes and so can you! Try some of my personal tips below for staying within a holiday budget and getting the most out of your dollar this season. Best of all, American Express is offering one lucky fashiongrail fan a $250 gift card by simply sharing your personal budget shopping tip!
Make a detailed list and start with the most difficult person to shop for first. I know they say, “get the easy ones out of the way first,” but who wants to run around on Christmas Eve looking for that one item you can’t find? Not me!
Check online sales before hitting the stores. Tons of stores have online specials where you can pick up items in store and most places are posting deals as early as the day before Thanksgiving.
If you’re waiting for Black Friday then plan on getting there early! Lots of stores are on a first come first served basis and utilize tickets.
Don’t be afraid to wait for Cyber Monday. Free shipping is what it’s all about!
Bring your phone and sign up for your favorite store’s feed to get instant deals and coupons (some stores let you utilize a barcode right from your phone).
If you plan on using credit cards, choose wisely. Companies like American Express are doing a great job educating consumers about the benefits of smart shopping this holiday season to include leveraging card protection and the benefits of Membership Rewards (gotta love them points!).
Crunched between Black Friday and Cyber Monday is Small Business Saturday. Besides the convenience and traditionally great service that small, local businesses offer, American Express is offering its cardholders a one-time credit of $25 if they register an eligible card and make a purchase of at least $25 at a small business.
Suggest a gift swapping/ Secret Santa scenario instead of buying a gift for every single person you know. Try a holiday fun brunch with wine and appetizers during gift swap. Get creative and turn it into a yearly tradition.
How to Win the $250 Amex Gift Card:
Leave a comment below offering your personal budget shopping tip. For an extra entry tweet the contest and tell us below that you did. For a third entry, post on Fashiongrail’s Facebook wall your time saving tip and again let us know you did in the comments below. For an extra entry you tweet the giveaway or ‘like’ American Express and Fashiongrail on Facebook (make sure you state that you did below). One random winner will be chosen on Novemebr 28th. American Express will ship gift card directly to winner. U.S. residents only.
Disclosure: Compensation was provided by American Express via OPR. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of American Express.”