Ways to Get the Best Bargains

Finding Holiday Sales

Unique Gifts


Most people like to save money on anything and everything they buy. The holidays can be a time when we all spend most of our budget for gift giving. To many the thrill is in the hunt to get the best bargains. To others, it's a time to dread due to lack of funds. Often times you'll be able to increase your holiday budget if you know how and when to shop for all those special items on your gift list. You may even be able to add gifts to those that you don't normally buy for but would like to.

To find the best holiday sales there are several things you'll want to do and this article will give you a head start with ten things to do and look for while holiday gift shopping.

Let's get shopping for holiday sales:

1. Finding Holiday Sales - Make a List

Make a list of what you'll need for the upcoming holiday. By having a list you'll be more likely to know what you'll be looking for and can search for it any time you're out and about. Write down everyone you'd like to include on your gift giving list. Don't forget babysitters, hairdressers, newspaper delivery, special friends or neighbors, lawn care, snowplowing, the teacher or co-workers. At this stage, just write out the list of who you'd like to purchase gifts for. A list will keep you on track.

2. Finding Holiday Sales - Start Early

Start searching for holiday sales early. Most of the department stores start the holiday sales earlier and earlier each year in an effort to boost their own sales and profit margin. Knowing this can help you get a good start early while the best selections are still available.

3. Finding Holiday Sales - You Need a Budget

Determine your budget. Knowing what you can spend for the entire holiday season will allow you to break that amount down into several months before the holidays even arrive. If your budget will be minimal, you'll be even more determined to find the best deals and budget a little each month before the holiday.

4. Finding Holiday Sales - Check the Newspapers

Start reading the weekly newspaper sales flyers early. This may help you get ideas for those on your gift giving list. It could also help you share an idea with a spouse or child and get their opinion on what you're thinking of giving to someone.

5. Finding Holiday Sales - Attend Craft Events

Attend your local craft events months before the holidays. Craft events are great places to find holiday sales. These events will usually offer handmade and unique local items at a very low cost. You'll not only be able to find a special gift for the teacher or neighbor but, you can also cross that person off of your list as being done months before the holiday. Find as many gifts as possible at a local craft event for the smaller items needed. Local, handmade items are usually very appreciated by the recipient as most thoughtful. You don't need to spend alot of money, it is the thought that counts.

6. Finding Holiday Sales - Search The Internet

Search the internet for finding holiday sales. Every year, the internet sales are becoming more and more important in the way that we're all shopping and the stores know it. There will be great holiday sales in every category and on almost every site you find. Take advantage of special days to shop, free shipping, buy one get one offers, deferred billing or other ways to budget your holiday spending. Computers, electronics, jewelry or other big ticket items can be found on sale for the holidays. Sometimes, the hardest people to buy for on your list can easily be shopped for on the internet with their vast selection of stores and items.

7. Finding Holiday Sales - Boutiques and Malls

Shop at your local stores, boutiques and malls for the must-have items like toys or special gifts that you can't find elsewhere. Shop early in the morning or late at night when the stores aren't as busy and you can browse at your leisure without long lines or waiting to get assistance from a salesperson. You may also find that your local stores will offer the best deals and savings potential on computers, electronics or jewelry.

8. Finding Holiday Sales - Local Beauty Consultant

Shop with your local beauty consultant for personal care or body care products for women, men or teenagers. Many companies offer special brochures, sales and events (like Avon, Arbonne or Nutrimetics) that allow you to shop in the comfort of your home while you get to try before you buy. This eliminates the need to wonder how a product feels or smells and there are often opportunities to host an event to earn free gifts. You could give away your free gifts to someone on your gift giving list. They may also offer pre-made, ready to give gift baskets making your gift giving even easier.

9. Finding Holiday Sales - Local Museums

Shop local museums for unique items suitable for those hard to buy for on your gift giving list. Museums offer beautiful art, sculpture, books and items from your particular region of the country and can be a most thoughtful gift for someone that they won't find anywhere else.

10. Finding Holiday Sales - Local Bookstores

Shop your local bookstores for books, music and specialty gifts. The local bookstores are having a difficult time competing with the internet sales and will offer very nice sales and savings to take advantage of while helping your local economy at the same time.

These ten ways of finding holiday sales should assist your shopping and make it a fun and enjoyable shopping experience. Keep your purchases stored in a safe area that you will remember where you're keeping them. Check your list as you go so you'll be done with time to spare. Enjoy the holidays!

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