Last Minute Shopping Tips
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Last Minute Shopping Tips

Posted on Sunday, December 19th, 2010 at 12:03 pm
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Uh oh. Do you realize that Christmas comes this week? Yikes. If you waited to the last minute for some of your gifts, don’t worry, there is still hope of getting the presents into their hands by December 25th. Here are my best tips for all of us procrastinators, um, I mean busy shoppers.

Two day shipping

You can still get your gifts in their hands if you order today or tomorrow (December 20th)  and use two-day shipping. You may have to pay a bit more as a consequence to waiting, but you’ll still accomplish your mission of getting great gifts. Plus, if you do some research, you just may find a great coupon code that gives you two-day shipping for free, or at least upgrades you from standard shipping for free.

Sold out

It is inevitable that once you make a decision on a gift it winds up being sold out. This happened to use this year with a special toy for one of our children. Each of us was waiting for the other to make the decision and order the toy. Lo and behold it is completely sold out.

There are a couple of options here. Some websites allow you to backorder the gift. And while you may or may not get it before Christmas, you can give it eventually. If this happens, include a small gift that represents the real thing, such as an ornament and include a picture and estimated delivery time for the actual gift.

The other option is to simply choose a different gift and save your original idea for the next holiday, such as a birthday.

Gift cards

Gift cards are a life saver when it comes to getting a gift in time. There are so many different gift cards to choose among. Then, once you choose which store to target for your gift card, you’ll find so many different styles of cards. From the classic to the whimsical, picking out the perfect gift card can be a lot of fun.

To make things even easier, why not send an electronic gift certificate. You can do this as late as Christmas Eve!

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Good Tip: Saving money is important – especially if you have a lot of expenses like bills to pay, loans to pay off, and all the other things that drain your bank account. Figuring out a way to save money can feel tedious to some, and like a punishment to others. U.S. News suggests that you try one of these money saving challenges. The “No Eating Out for a Month” Challenge This one is self-explanatory. The goal is to avoid eating out for an entire month. This might be super easy for people who enjoy making meals at home. People who really enjoy dining out, or ordering food to be sent to their home, may struggle with this one. It’s worth a try because spending money on take-out is more expensive than buying groceries. The Pantry Challenge This one is a variation of the “No Eating Out for a Month” challenge. The goal is to use up all of your groceries before you buy more. It forces you to try and remember why you bought a food or beverage that you don’t know what to do with, and gives you the opportunity to find a way to use it. The one exemption to this challenge is the foods that have expired. Don’t eat them! Throw them in the trash. The “No Spend” Challenge Make a goal to avoid spending money during an entire weekend. The only exemption in this challenge is that you are allowed to pay bills. This challenge is interesting because it requires creativity. You must be creative and find workarounds for problems that you would typically solve by spending money. You may have a different outlook on spending after finishing this challenge.