With the Christmas holiday roaring in like a freight train, the boyfriend and I have been looking for ways to save money on gifts for our children and for our extended family so we don’t go further into debt. We don’t like using credit cards and try to avoid it when possible.
Since there are many large families like ours who are looking for money saving shopping tips, we thought we’d share some of our tried and true methods in hopes that we can ease some of your stress.
- Make a budget. Look at your bills and what money you have to spend on each child. Keep a record of all money spent so you don’t go over budget…or spend more on one child than the other. And don’t be afraid to tell your children the amount you’ll be spending on presents. We are honest with our children about finances because we want to prepare them for the future and we want them to realize there is more to Christmas than just receiving Christmas gifts.
- If you have a smartphone, download apps like RetailMeNot and Shopular so hot deals are sent right to your phone that can be scanned/entered at the cash register. If you don’t have a smartphone, fret not. You can still utilize RetailMeNot via their official website.
- Compare prices at different stores. And don’t be afraid to ask if a store price matches. My boyfriend had to pick up my daughter some clay for a school project and could only find the clay at Michaels. He noticed they listed the clay as several dollars more than Walmart, so he asked if they price matched. And they did.
- Buy stocking stuffers at Dollar Tree or similar stores. Seriously, I usually fill up my children’s stockings for way cheaper than if I bought all items at Target or Walmart.
- Use coupons! Check out manufacturer sites, if possible, to see if they have any that you can download and print out.
- Go Black Friday shopping. While not all “deals” on Black Friday are worthwhile, you can find some really great deals. I have bought my kids brand new PJs every Black Friday for WAY cheaper than on normal days. I seriously can’t beat $4 for a set of PJs, and that’s what I’ve been spending on Black Friday.
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