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I shop year round for Christmas gifts. Many a time, I have forgotten where I put the items by the time the holiday arrived. I now have a foolproof tip. Every time I purchase an item, I flip my calendar over to October and I make a note of what I bought, who the item is for, and, mostly importantly, I make a note of where the item is stored.
Now when October rolls around and early Christmas wrapping begins, I just go to October and there are my Christmas items listed and where they are stored. Saves me a lot of time and tears of trying to find where I "hid" a gift. So easy to keep a record of it and I'm not trying to keep up with a notebook or piece of paper either.
By Marsha from Greenville, NC
For my Christmas shopping this year, I make sure I wear comfortable walking shoes, and put on my iPod with peppy music. Shopping malls know you will take your time if you hear Christmas music, and will walk slowly, visiting more stores.
I put on rock music or dance music. This way I walk faster, do my cardio (almost), and complete my shopping in record time. Happy holidays to all!
By Bob from Montreal, Canada
I never understood people who waited until the day after Thanksgiving to start their Christmas Shopping. I usually start in July or August and know some people who start in January. I know it's already October, so start now if you can. It will still help you during the holidays. Make your list of "giftees" and keep it in your purse.
When you see an item on sale that would be right for one of them, buy it and put it on a shelf in your closet or under the bed. Check off that person's name on your list and continue on. By the time Christmas season has started, you are nearly done with your shopping and can enjoy the holidays without the pressure of paying for them all at once or worse, afterward.
Today, I went shopping, early in the morning, at several stores. I hit their bargain bins as soon as I entered.
At one Walgreen's they had 3 shopping carts of mark downs at 50 cents per item. There were 6 small plastic swan and fish shaped lotion bottles. I bought all 6 of them. Greedy? You bet. I was the first one there, why not?
There was one small plastic lavatory shaped soap dish. "Glommed" on to it. Spent $3.50 + tax there.
Went to thrift shop across the street. Found a large grapevine wreath, for $1, which I wanted, to decorate for a friend's back porch.
On down the street to another Walgreen's/ Their bargain bins were 50% off. Bought a $2, liter sized bottle of bubble bath, for $1 and an 18 oz bottle of Suave Naturals moisturizing lotion, $2,59 for $1.29.
I came home, pleased as punch at having spent a tad over $10, knowing I was going to be able to make at least 10 nice gifts.
I divided the lotion into the 6 lotion dispensers. I save some of my small bottles as I get them. I divided the bubble bath into 3 bottles, about the size needed for 1 bath. I still have about 1/3 of the bottle left for grandchildren's use when they visit.
Then I took a small bar of Caress soap, unwrapped and took it out of the box. Wrapped it in plastic wrap, scotched taped the wrap around the soap, put a cute sticker on top of soap. Placed it in the soap holder, wrapped it and one lotion dispenser in plastic wrap, placed them in 1/2 a net potato bag. Gathered it at top, added bow. One inexpensive gift for a granddaughter.
I will give other lotion dispensers to several elderly friends as Christmas gifts.
By Gladys Hill
Shopping at Christmas has to be the most stressful time of the year for anyone on a budget, spending plan, or other. My tip is this which I borrow from Marlene Alexander in Canada in the Dollar Stretcher under Dollar Stores. Shop for gifts for all at the dollar stores.
This is a guide about shopping for Christmas presents online. One way to have access to many more gift choices is to shop online.