Holiday shoppingFor people like me, there's nothing like being out with the crowd trying to get the best deals, but I know it might not be everyone's cup of tea. Here are my insider tips for surviving the hectic holidays - and making it out of the mall unscathed.
Prioritize Your List You've likely already researched what's on sale for the holiday season (and hopefully checked out stores' inventories of the items on your list). Now rank your purchases by priority. If there's a must-have on your list, start your spree at the store that has it.
Be Mindful of Holiday Hours End your shopping excursion at the mall where stores are open the latest. You don't want to miss out on deals in the stores that don't stay open as late for the season.
Dress Appropriately I know it'll be cold outside, but don't bundle up too much. When you're out there shopping, you'll warm up quickly. Instead of carrying a purse, wear a small bag over your shoulder or a pack around your waist. There's nothing worse than lugging around a bulky coat and handbag while you shop.
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Bring a Lunch You can always recognize novice holiday shoppers - they're the ones eating at the food court. Have snacks, fruit, and water on hand. Some department stores will even have hot chocolate, tea, and donuts waiting for you at the door.
Security Measures Never leave your purchases in the back seat of your car while you continue shopping. Keep bags hidden from thieves in the trunk. If it's easy to see into your trunk, cover everything with a blanket.
Keep track of Receipts Even though I love to holiday shop, I always end up returning something. To keep track of my receipts, I ask cashiers to place them in the bag rather than hand them to me.
What's your best holiday shopping advice? Let me know in the comments!
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