On my way home after Thanksgiving dinner, my favorite radio station was already playing “Feliz Navidad” and “It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas.” With Thanksgiving over, the focus has already officially shifted to Christmas! Even my puppy is ready for Christmas!
Let the Christmas shopping begin!
I personally have decided to skip Black Friday shopping this year, mostly because in the past I’ve spent a lot of money on Black Friday for random things on sale that I didn’t need. It’s tempting to buy something just because its on sale. But Black Friday shopping can be a great way to save money if you know exactly what you want to buy for Christmas gifts.
Saving Money On Christmas Gifts
Either way, Christmas can be expensive! I personally love shopping for Christmas presents online instead because its stress free and I can easily compare prices online. I also like online shopping because I can look for online coupons at retailmenot.com or other similar deal websites. Amazon is another one of my favorite ways to shop since its online, has fast shipping, and prices are often lower.
Another easy way to save money on gifts is by using the iPhone apps that save money. My favorite is the RedLaser app to scan products in store and compare prices with other nearby stores or online stores. I’ve walked out of many stores after finding better prices using the RedLaser app.
Do You Have A Christmas Budget?
I also decided to set a Christmas budget this year instead of just winging it like I have in the past. I won’t share my exact budget because my friends and family actually read this blog. But I’ve set a dollar amount for each person on my christmas list to make sure I stay on budget this year. Personally, I don’t mind spending money on gifts for friends and family. But I do think it’s still useful to have specific guidelines with a budget so I can continue to work on my goal of paying off my mortgage early.
Do you have a Christmas budget?