My Top 5 Ways to Save Money on Christmas Shopping

My Top 5 Ways To Save Money On Christmas Shopping - Chic and Domestic


It’s holiday time again! So that means I get to share my top 5 ways to save money on Christmas shopping. Christmas time means days of holiday cheer, Christmas carols, and unfortunately a million and one ways to quickly see your money disappear. You don’t want to be that person, because nobody wants to be that person! You want to be both fabulous, and frugal for the holidays, and hold on to every penny that you can while also enjoying the season of giving.

This week I’ve teamed up with a few other ladies to discuss some Frugal Christmas topics. Karen from My Veteran Woman Life  shared her own Top Holiday Shopping Hacks. Be sure to head over and check them out.

So, here they go, My top 5 ways to save money on your Christmas Shopping.

1. Budgeting and Planning
If you know me, you know that I’m big on budgeting. It’s important to know where all of your money is going by having a plan, and budgeting for what you can afford to spend on certain things. Get an idea together of what it is you want to spend on your holiday shopping BEFORE you start. I go into a full breakdown of budgeting and planning in my previous Christmas post.

2. Limiting your gifts
Something I’ve decided to stick to for our kids is limiting the amount of gifts we buy them. This year, I also plan to implement this rule for gifting to other people. Our kids are still young now, but I also think I plan to keep up with this in the future. It’s so easy to want to buy every toy in the store, but what you end up with after gift opening is an overflowing toy box. I’ve seen a lot of people choose to buy their children 4 special gifts for the categories of something you want, something you need, something to wear, and something to read.

3. Make your own gifts and get creative
I love Christmas gifts with sentimental value, and there’s nothing more sentimental than something you handmade yourself. This is also great time to learn a new skill, or really get creative. Pinterest is a great resource for ideas and inspiration. Maybe you can crochet a scarf or blanket, and if crafty and hands on really isn’t your thing, you can never go wrong with a framed photo. Our family members love getting framed Christmas photos of the kids for the holidays. All you need is a good camera (I’ve taken some great photos with my phone), get your photos printed (Drugstores with photo centers, Target, Walmart, and apps like Free Prints), and a fancy frame. Frugal Tip, start your search at the dollar store.

4. Rebates
A real hardcore shopping tip. Expert shoppers, DO NOT pay full price. For anything. My favorite rebate for shopping is definitely Shopkicks. It’s basically free money for shopping and spending money you would already normally spend, and they also give you the opportunity to get points for gift cards by simply walking into the store! If you use my code [MALL659750] you can get a free 250 kicks for using the app within 7 days of joining. Another great rebate tool is Ebates. If you aren’t hip to ebates, its time to get hip. It can save you so much money on your regular shopping needs. They have a ton of stores, and coupon options to not only save your money, but you also get cash back for the money you’ve saved! If that’s not Christmas savings, I don’t know what is.

5. Do your research
Last but certainly not least, the best way to find savings for Christmas is to look for savings. How do you know that it’s not possible to get a better deal without looking for a better deal? I like to check the price tag at several stores before buying gifts. It usually consists of me checking the store that would most likely carry what I’m looking for, checking amazon (I love that prime member 2 day free shipping!) and Walmart or Target. Doing my research for sales also gives me room to find good rebate options to use. For example, if a $50 video game is on my shopping list, I would probably check somewhere like Gamestop first, and then compare prices online. Being the expert shopper that I am, I would take that knowledge and buy from the store that would save or make me the most money.

I know that Christmas shopping can possibly be one big stressful headache, but by utilizing these tips, money and saving will be the least of your worries!

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  1. These are really great tips for all of us who need a plan of attack to survive and get through Christmas, making sure everyone we love is thought of. I am really falling behind this year and need to get things into gear to make sure I obtain gifts for everyone sooner, rather than later. Thank you for the very timely reminder and such practical advice.

    1. Getting ahead of things early is best. Holiday time can cause A LOT of headache and chaos when last minute shopping is involved.

  2. These are great easy tips to follow this Christmas season! I agree never pay full price their are so many rebates, coupons, and deals out their now!

    1. I cringe when paying full price. There are things that I would splurge on, but 9 times out of 10, I tried to get a discount first! lol

  3. These are all such great tips! I like to limit our gifts too and budget. I feel like Christmas should be about spending time with our loved ones and while I love gift giving I think it’s the thought that counts. So nothing wrong with setting limits.

    1. We decided to set limits very early on. I try to be as practical as possible, but we also make sure they have things for fun.

    1. It saves you money, that’s for sure. I can’t even count how many times I’ve been on the verge of making a purchase, and I find it somewhere way cheaper from just looking around.

    1. That’s a GREAT one. I have so many little items stashed away in the closet for stocking stuffers for my kids this year. A lot of the stuff I got for less than $5 on sale.

  4. I haven’t started my Christmas shopping yet and upon reading your tips above, I find them very much helpful. I agree with all of them especially tip no. 3. Oh I wish I can find time to create handmade headbands for my daughter’s girlfriends!

    1. I really love getting to make little things for people. I’m really artsy as it is, so it’s fun getting to express that, but it’s actually VERY cost efficient also.

  5. I’ve actually set a budget this year and I’ve stuck to it! I find buying stuff they actually need for School the following year helps cut down in cost too! Thanks

    1. I’m so glad to hear that! Once you really start to really notice a difference, planning ahead and saving money really becomes addicting.

  6. My money-saving tip is to shop early! You can use free shipping if you shop online (most times). You can wait for sales for big ticket items. And you can THINK about what you want to give while not being rushed. I have done last minute and I have done way-in-advance. I always spend less when I’m not stressed!

    1. In my post here I mention the importance of starting early. There’s way less stress in planning early, shopping early, and shopping all year long.

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