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How To Save Money On Christmas Gift Shopping

Christmas is never a surprise -- it comes on the same day every year. That fact makes it easy to save money on Christmas shopping. Even though the gift-giving list seems to grow longer each year, there are still ways to keep the shopping within your budget. Keeping your recipients in mind all year long and utilizing some creative buying techniques will ease the strain on your wallet.

Everyone seems to spend more money at Christmas time than they would like to. In fact, a quarter of all personal spending in the United States is done during the holiday season.† The gift list grows as families grow, and the Christmas budget suffers.† But you don't have to be a scrooge; there are ways to save on your gift shopping and giving.

Christmas comes on the same day every year. It's never a surprise, so it should be easy to plan ahead. Keep your gift recipients in mind all year long, making a gift list early and keeping your eyes open while you're shopping throughout the year. Then, when you do your everyday shopping youíll notice just the right gift for someone on your list, and you can buy it ahead of time.†

That perfect gift may even be on sale. Make your gift budget go twice as far when you find two-for-one clearance deals. You can give the same item as a gift if the two recipients are completely unrelated; or buy one for yourself and give one as a gift. Save big at the after-Christmas sales and get a jump on next year's shopping.

You may already peruse the sale flyers and clip coupons, but keeping gift giving in mind while you do it can save you money.† Use coupons in combination with sale prices when you can and save even more. Newsletters often include special offers and discounts; sign up at your favorite department stores or online.

Since you're keeping your Christmas list in mind all year long, you may find the perfect gift at a yard or garage sale at a crazy low price. Many times yard sale items are new, in the original package and unopened.† But the item doesnít have to be new to be appreciated.† What better way to find a totally unique gift, especially for someone who collects a particular type of item or who has off-the-wall tastes.

Regifting is a clever practice thatís becoming more popular. What else would you do with an item you receive yourself if it's not your style? It's just wasteful to leave it sitting on a closet shelf if someone else would appreciate it. And since it's the thought that counts, and not what you spend, regifting can be a source for the perfect gift.

Shopping the internet can save you lots of money, as well as time.† It's easy to compare prices between online stores and also see how they compare with your local stores.† Usually, you donít pay sales tax when you buy online, and many times shipping is free.† PlusScience Articles, the internet lets you shop from home and save even more on gas.


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