Thursday, December 23, 2004
More Bang for Your Buck: Shopping Secrets
Tonight's bang for the buck is dedicated to all the procrastinators out there. If you have not bought your gifts by now, you better be prepared for the Christmas crunch. But before you panic and spend recklessly, we found some tips to staying within your budget.
WSVN -- Everything's in place. The tree, the lights, the mistletoe...But where are the presents?
Good thing, there's just enough time for one last minute sprint to the stores.
But the trick is knowing how to give to others without giving yourself a financial breakdown.
And believe or not, there still are ways to splurge without spending out of control.
The first step - start with a plan.
Know how much you plan on spending on each person before you start shopping.
Shopping Expert Susan O'Conner: "Make a list and stick to it. That will help you from impulse buying."
Next - choose the store that will offer the best discounts.
Susan: "You don't want to just compare product. You want to compare stores. For example close out stores like Big Lots. They tend to have better prices on the products then the big discounts."
Another way to save, clip coupons and check your local circulars for early bird specials and the best last minute deals.
Susan: "You are not the only bargain hunter out there and the good deals go fast."
Gift cards also take away the guess work and keep you from over spending.
When you're ready to buy, pay cash whenever possible to avoid the dreaded credit interest charges.
Remember, it's always a good move to invest in containers to store and protect you holiday treasures.
The better you care for them now. The longer they will last.
Susan: "You want to get the plastic containers that way they will last you several seasons and you wouldn't have to keep replacing them."
Of course, after the celebrations are over the last thing on your mind is what you will buy next year. But the after Christmas sales are another way you can continue to save money and stress.
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