How to save money this Christmas season

Yes, it’s early to be writing this post, but Christmas tends to creep up on us far quicker than we may have anticipated. So, I thought it may be useful to share some tips and tricks I use to save a few bucks when doing my Christmas shopping.

I think one of the most important things to keep in mind when doing your Christmas shopping is that Christmas is not a reason to purchase lavish gifts in an attempt to show someone their worth in your life. Gifts are immaterial, and are likely forgotten after a couple of weeks, so there really is no need to blow your wallet out for the sake of others. Rather, focus on showing people their worth through words and actions, strategies that will have a far more profound impact than a bath set or a Kelsey’s gift card.

Next, try your hardest to shop only during sales. This can be tricky because many other shoppers tend to do the same thing, but if you beat the crowds and snag what you’re after early, you could end up saving quite a few dollars in the process.

In addition to shopping during sales, don’t be afraid to purchase gently used items if you’re on a budget. I’ve gotten used items for myself countless times, and so long as the quality is still decent, I honestly doubt most people would be able to tell the difference between a used item and a brand-spanking new item.

Christmas is intended to be a time to celebrate and appreciate friends, family, and loved ones, not a time to experience a mid-life crisis over a book set from Chapters your sister’s boyfriend’s mother is dying to get. Don’t be afraid to buy used, and don’t be afraid to buy things heavily discounted. The gifts aren’t of much significance in the long run.

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