Holiday Tips That Can Save You Time, Money And Stress


The holidays are here again and the first word that comes to mind has four letters that you really shouldn’t be using in front of your kids. You can’t reverse time, freeze time, or wipe Christmas from the memories of your loved ones, but there are tips that can help make the whole holiday shopping experience a lot less stressful.

Now that Thanksgiving is over, you have some time to plan out who you want to buy gifts for (your husband, wife, kids, or best friend) and who you need to buy gifts for (boss, that witchy mother-in-law of yours). So make a list. If you’re on a budget, the list will help you figure out who can live without a gift from you, like that friend you see once in a while but never hits like on anything you post on your Facebook page.

Before you grab your list and your car keys and head to the nearest store, stop and take some time to do a little research online. Go to the Target, Walmart, Best Buy and and do a little price comparison on the items you want to buy. If that tablet you want to give your spouse costs the same in every store then fine. But if you happen to find something that’s on sale, like 30 percent off, then it’s worth your time to look. You can use sites like to find the best online price. Just remember that the cost of items in most stores like Target, aren’t the actual price you’ll find if you physically go to the store and buy the item.

You’ll also find that you can download apps to your smartphone that can make your shopping experience ten times easier. The TalkTo app for example lets you know if the item you want to buy is in stock or not at a specific store. You can also use the RedLaser app when you’re at the store to scan the barcode of the item you want to buy. If there’s a store that has it cheaper, the app will notify you. But sometimes the best deals don’t hit stores until a few days before Christmas and you really don’t have time to go searching for the best price every day. So you can use the ShopAdvisor app to notify you when a discount or an offer pops up for the item you want to buy.

Another way you can save some time and money is by using the SnipSnap Coupon App. Because let’s face it. You don’t have time to look for coupons in your Sunday newspaper. So this app functions as a digital repository for coupons which the cashier will be able to use to give you your discount on your purchase.

If you’re not into getting trampled, beaten or shot at on Black Friday, then try taking advantage of Cyber Monday, which offers you some huge online discounts on popular items, especially electronics and you can shop in the safety and comfort of your own home.

If all this seems like way too much then go back to your Christmas list and decide who the core people in your life are (husband, wife, and kids) and buy them their gifts. Everyone else can get a nice gift card. If they don’t appreciate you for that they can suck it. Happy Holidays!

At the end of the day it’s about making everyone in your life happy without making you miserable.

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