I know, I know — this post might be coming to you a little bit late, because some of you may have already finished shopping for Christmas gifts by now! (If you have, congrats! How to be you po? 😛 Ha, ha, ha!)
If — like yours truly — you have not shopped for a single gift yet, keep reading. I hope you will find this post helpful. 😉
Now, before anything else, please allow me to give a disclaimer: I am a self-professed thrifty/frugal person or, as some people may say, a “cheapskate.” So if there is any way to cut down on anything expenses-related, like Christmas gift shopping, I will try to do so.
Having said that, I also believe in the value of giving during the Christmas season. Not necessarily gift-giving, but giving in general. What better time to share God’s blessings, right?
Anyway, going back to the topic at hand, allow me to share with you three things you can do to save on Christmas gift shopping:
1. Make a list; check it twice.
You probably already know this but it’s always good to be reminded: List down the names of the people for whom you will be buying Christmas gifts. Having a list will help you avoid buying unnecessary items.
Of course, it makes sense to double-check your list to make sure you have not left anyone out! 😉 You can also check your list to see if you can buy “group gifts” for certain people (like members of one family) instead of buying individual gifts, which might cost you more money.
2. Check your Christmas gift shopping budget.
When it comes to buying Christmas gifts — or any other “extra expenses” for that matter — it’s always wise to make and stick to a budget.
Is your Christmas gift shopping budget this year not as big as you’d hoped it would be? Don’t fret! Remember that it’s the thought that counts, so you don’t have to feel bad about not being able to splurge on expensive gifts for others.
Truth be told, there have been Christmases where we weren’t able to give out any gifts at all because of budget constraints and the need to prioritize other expenses. But did that affect our relationships with the people around us? No!
Again, what matters most is letting others know how much you care about them. 🙂
3. Shop online and save on deals — and even earn some money via “Cashback.”
Online shopping can be a great way for you to save on Christmas gift shopping. For starters, you don’t have to leave home and brave the malls or other stores to buy gifts — which means you save money on gas/transportation expenses, parking fees (if you bring your own car), food (because we all know that when we go shopping outside our homes, we usually end up eating out — this is true especially if you have kids with you!), etc.
You can also save money on Christmas gifts when you shop online and avail of exclusive deals and discounts from various online stores and shopping sites.
Aside from this, you can even earn money just by shopping online! I discovered this when I was recently invited by Shopback.ph to try out their site — you basically shop online through them and earn “Cashback” i.e. money while doing so.
Marketplaces are great for looking for gifts because of the large variety of items you can find there. You can even use Lazada coupons and get Cashback through ShopBack. Other marketplaces like AliExpress and Takatack are great too!
Here is a short video for you to see how ShopBack (and “Cashback”) works:
As a busy mom of four, a site like Shopback.ph is definitely a blessing because it helps make shopping (not just during Christmas!) a whole lot easier — and gives me a chance to save money, too!
I hope the aforementioned tips, though “short” are somewhat still “sweet” and useful for you, especially during this crazy month of December! Of course, I need to end this post with a reminder (for myself, too, har har!) that we should not forget the true Reason for the season, i.e. the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 🙂 Praying for a beautiful and blessed Christmas ahead for us all!
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