How To Take The Stress Out Of Christmas Shopping

There’s no escaping the fact that Christmas shopping season is fast approaching or if you are super organised like me it’s already begun.

Christmas can be such an expensive time for everyone, even more so if you are trying to work to a tight budget.

I thought I would share with you some ways you can take the stress out of Christmas shopping.

Vouchers, Discounts & Sales

Never buy any of those wish list gifts until you have checked online to see if there is a sale, discount or voucher available for the items you want to buy.

Competition for sales around the festive season has become fierce in recent years with the introduction of ‘Black Friday’ and star buy sales so make sure you take full advantage of the offers.

Be sure to look at websites like My Voucher Codes where you can find a ton of the latest voucher codes and in-store offers from over 8,000 retailers.hang-tags-234566_1280Online Shopping

With the amount of stores that now offer online shopping there’s no need to even step foot out of the comfort of your house.

I now do about 70% of my Christmas shopping online, not having to brave the crowds or fight the queues has done wonders for my stress levels and of course my bank balance.

Most retailers now offer a free click and collect service which means you are also saving money on postage fees, another huge bonus is that it helps you to focus and buy only what you need without all those till point distractions that cause impulse purchases.

I do the majority of my shopping for the children presents from Amazon as the prices are really competitive and they have a huge range of the latest toys and games.gift-595871_1920Gift Vouchers

The toughest part of Christmas shopping for me is deciding what to actually buy for people, there’s always the worry of buying a duplicate or even worse something they don’t like at all.

If I’m really stuck for ideas I opt for buying them a gift voucher so they can choose something for themselves.

If you would rather buy some an experience or night out, most restaurants and cinema chains offer gift vouchers, I’m sure the recipient would be delighted with an actual experience rather than a physical gift.

Have a look at the Voucher Madness post over on Planner Wealth for lots more ideas about vouchers, there’s also a great easy money saving tips video for you to watch.coupon-472481_1920Start Early 

The most valuable tip I can give you and one I have always followed is to start your Christmas shopping early.

I have saved so much much money by being prepared, grabbing sales and bargains all the way through the year.

Another great advantage of doing it this way is that you can spread the cost and avoid facing a huge expense all at once.

Being prepared means that you also avoid last minute panic buying and missing delivery deadlines, leaving no choice but to pay over the odds and venturing out in what is truly silly season.coffee-1246511_1280I hope these tips have given you some ideas of how to take the stress out of Christmas shopping, if you have any tips of your own leave me a comment I love hearing from you.

angela

*This is a collaborative post*

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Look In My Letterbox

I’ve had a few nice things through my letterbox this week, a couple of freebies and a couple of prizes but no purchases as I’ve put myself on a spending ban for March.

Freebies

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The weeks SoPost freebie is a fresh Rose face mask from Facebook, it smells lovely and is a really generous sized sample, I will be able to get two applications from it easily.

IMG_9066I got six packets of the new HalibOrange Softies kids multivitamins from Trybe for Daisy to try, you can sign up and apply for the campaigns they have available, this is the first one I’ve been accepted for.

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I’ve had some more items to review from Amz Reviews, some socks and a phone case, I’ve not been applying for much lately as nothing has appealed but I do check it regularly and I enjoy writing the reviews.

Prizes

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I won these vouchers from a blog competition, even better is that the Haagan-Dazs is on offer for £2 at the moment so we have stocked the freezer up with five tubs, one of each flavour.

I also won tickets to the Baby & Toddler show but we’ve had to cancel going as Daisy has an ear infection and Jake is full of a cold, I love going so I will try again for tickets for the Autumn show later this year.

I’m linking up with Alice Megan for ‘Look In My Letterbox’ , why not pop across and see what everyone else got this week.

Have you had anything nice in the post this week ? leave me a comment below I love hearing from you.

Angela xx

LIML