To be honest if I wasn’t on the Sears Blogger Squad I would have started my Holiday shopping the week before Christmas (IE: this week). Every year I’m always a late starter but I’ve always gotten what I’ve needed. This year being a part of the holiday blogger campaign with Sears, I felt the pressure to start a little bit earlier (LOLZ, blogging pressure). Everyone is different and I even know people that had half their Holiday shopping done before Black Friday (go you guys!).
I know people that start their Holiday shopping in May. By Black Friday, they are pretty much done with everything. I also know there are people like me, who panic and start 5 days before Christmas. Everyone’s different and in reality, the Holiday’s are about enjoying the company of family and friends anyways. My Holiday shopping is never stressful and I hope other people’s isn’t either.
This year was a bit of an odd ball year for me. I would have normally started shopping for everyone this week (Last minute LOLZ). Since T has to leave and I am working in retail during the holidays, that wasn’t an option. I am almost completely done with shopping except for my parents. Sometimes I think my parents are the hardest to shop for.
I came across this LOLZy article from Huffington post about Christmas shopping. I can relate to almost everything. I thought the post was so relateable I wanted to dedicate a post to it!
Two tips really stuck with me: The first was “stay to the list”. I love when someone gives me a list of things they want for Christmas. Sadly most adults don’t give lists and I’m stuck guessing what people want…if everyone gave a list I think Holiday shopping would be easy.
One thing I have been enjoying about doing holiday shopping at Sears is free shipping or the free in store pickup. It keeps me able to stick to lists. I just ordere what I want I want/need and pick it up. I don’t mindless browse.
Mindlessly browsing stores always ends up like this:
Buy the gifts intended to purchase for friends and family .
Buy random things for Hollie she doesn’t need.
End up spending twice as much on random things Hollie doesn’t need.
I ordered all of Tim’s gifts online and then picked them up in store. It makes it really nice. Sears has been a staple for 75% of my gift purchasing this year. I cannot thank them enough for opening my eyes to some of the great deals.
The second was that smart shoppers don’t buy something, “just because it’s cheap”. I’m someone who doesn’t care for trivial junk. If I haven’t used an item in a year, I donate it. This includes clothing, random accessories or anything in general. I always ask myself “will I even use this”? Yes, it’s cheap but it’s pointless if (or the person intended) won’t use it.
So long post short my holiday shopping is almost done. I have a few odds and ends left to purchase but all the major shopping is finally completed.
Questions for you:
When do you get your Holiday shopping done?
What is on your Christmas list?