The Truth To Really Saving Money During the Holidays: 5 Tips
It’s that time of the year where companies are cutting their prices just around the time for the holidays.
This is also the time where consumers are going crazy to get everyone a gift and getting the best deal. However, the days and month after Thanksgiving is when most people forget about what to be truly grateful about the important things in life.
Some people don’t forget to be grateful but this is the time where our pockets start to hurt just a little bit more than the whole year. If you’re like most people, maybe you are looking to really get a great deal during the holidays. Well if you really want to know the truth about to how to really save money during the holidays and how to get the best buck, read on.
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Only buy what you really need
The holidays is where people go crazy to get everyone in their life a gift. Sometimes we go crazy to get a deal for ourselves and want to get something too. Well this time of the year shouldn’t cause you to buy a bunch of things you want. Try to focus on just buying things you truly need. Learn to differentiate things you need and want.
2. Just because it’s “half off” doesn’t mean it’s really half off
This is the time of the year where companies and businesses are really putting their marketing and data work from all year to practice. They know customers are going to spend and will spend money no matter what, especially if the consumers believe they are getting a great deal. So big companies will take an item that is already expensive and mark it as if it’s half off when it’s still usually it’s true price. Do you research! Each month within a year, there are times of when is the best time to buy a fridge, laptop, mattresses, to even kitchenware. Look them up and be cautious next time of going shopping a year from now.
3. DIY a gift for your family or loved ones
I’m the one whose really sentimental and like to make things for my loved ones. Usually people who truly care about you would like something that have made for them. You can make homemade candles, a memory collage, a scarf, mittens, or spa stuff from scratch. Look up cute DIY holiday gifts from Pinterest and get inspired.
4. Opt to do Secret Santa
This one right here can go either both ways. It could go fun or it could go bad. Either way, doing Secret Santa by swapping one gift, your intentions of buying a gift is going to be more meaningful compared to buying everyone a gift. It’s more affordable, economical, meaningful and more thoughtful.
5. Become more thoughtful of your spending
This really comes down to you and your spending. Are you really watching what you spend or are you letting loose because it’s the holidays? And you want to “treat” yourself or “treat” others. How is treating yourself or others a good thing when you are going into debt? Or more in debt? Really stick to a budget and maintain a budget. Don’t let the emotions of having some Christmas spirit have you spend money you don’t have.
In all, the holidays is a great time to spend time with your loved ones. For the past decade or two, it’s been about consuming more and more and spending money you don’t have. Try breaking that cycle and go minimal. Be more thoughtful into your gifts. When did we forget that the holidays was supposed to be spending quality time with our loved ones and to give as much as we can, in other ways besides spending? You can give time, love, kindness and never forget the true meaning of the holidays.