Christmas Shopping Hacks

Tinsel may be fabulous, mince pies may be delicious, a festive glass of mulled wine may well be perfection in a mug, and Christmas time in general may just be the best time of the year, but it can also be stressful and expensive. There's pressure to get the perfect gift, have a show stopping Christmas day spread, the drinks cabinet to be fully stocked up on every single alcohol variety there is to keep everyone happy can not only be expensive, but it can all be, a bit too much, don't you think? 

Here are some of the best Christmas shopping hacks to help take the stress away from your mind, and also your purse so you can sit back and enjoy the festive fun without worrying too much about shopping. Cheers to that!


Shop Deals & Offers. Especially On Toys!
Christmas time can really get expensive. It's not just food and gifts we are buying more of during December, it's also the Christmas drinks/nights out, the panto, maybe a new sparkly frock, and of course, lots and lots of toys for all of the special little people in our lives. Luckily for us, there are all sorts of Christmas deals and offers available for us to take full advantage of this time of year and a lot of them can really help save the pennies. By searching for the latest deals on toys and other gifts and hunting down the best prices on the market you are being money savvy. Buying a special little girl a doll that is in the sale is still going to make her christmas, remember children don't care how much a toy costs or where it came from, what matters is that it doesn't cost an arm and a leg!

Make A List & Stick To It
Knowing exactly what gifts you want to buy everyone and sticking to it will save you a lot of time in the long run. The shops are always super busy in December, so do you really want to spend 30 minutes in one store simply browsing? Do some digging to ask what people actually want and pop your ideas on your list. Sticking to the list will help you stay on budget to because as tempting as those impulse purchases can be, if it isn't on the list, don't buy it. This rule also applies for food shopping too.

Don't Look Down Your Nose On Budget Buying
As per above, this hack is also given with money in mind. Again, it can all get very expensive which is why budget buying has never been such a better, and more practical idea. There are lots of products on the market, some costing very little, and some costing a considerable amount more for very similar items. Where is the logic in spending more on an item you can get almost the same of in a budget store? This is especially valid for throw away items like wrapping paper and napkins. Don't be a christmas snob, it will only cost you more money.

Shop Online
Online shopping is becoming increasingly more popular. Some argue that it doesn't make you feel 'Christmassy.' Wondering around the shops with Christmas decorations everywhere, Christmas songs playing, coming home from the cold with your new purchases and feeling a sense of achievement may seem very fun and festive for some people. 
But we all know the reality is this: 
Wondering around shops for hours, spending most of your time in queues, dealing with people who aren't so cheery as they are stressed and fed up. Listening to the same songs repeatedly over and over again until you get a headache, and on top of that... it's raining outside and you have to lug around your bags everywhere. Online shopping now seems so much more appealing, don't you think? Sit back with your laptop, a glass of your favourite tipple, and get it all done with a click of a finger. Lovely! 

What are you top Christmas shopping hacks? Let me know in a comment, I'd love to hear them!


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