THE BEST PRESENTS CAN COST LESS
Cut Christmas Shopping Expenses
Reduce your Christmas budget.
Complete strategy for lowering holiday costs while still enjoying the yuletide season. Get best quality gifts at discounts, avoid credit card hangover, plan for gift giving, stock up on after-Christmas sales.
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7.1 THE BEST PRESENTS CAN COST LESS; CUT AND REDUCE CHRISTMAS SHOPPING EXPENSES.
By Kathy Gillikin
I really like to give a lot of presents for Christmas, but I don't have a lot of money. Every year our local thrift stores have big Christmas sales, usually around the last of November. The majority of the items are brand new. A few years ago my boys were into Power Rangers along with all the equipment. My favorite thrift store had many of these toys still in boxes from $4 to $8. In the retail stores they were priced from $15 to $35.
At another thrift store I found my daughter a small portable alarm clock radio for $3 that ran on two AA batteries. It was one of her favorite gifts and she still uses it today.
The volunteers at thrift stores may put small toys in bags and sell them for .50 cents. I came across Ghostbuster figurines for my son-in-law who collects them. He thought they were great. I also found coasters, picture frames, jewelry, banks, and books.
I look around all year round for Christmas presents. I found my stepdaughter who collects dolls, some unusual ones for $5.00 each. The regular price was $19.95. Another son-in-law likes ducks. I happened to find him a very nice duck lamp for $5.00, marked down from $14.97.
Halloween is a good time to get those dress-up clothes for the little ones. Princess dresses can come complete with a tiara and shoes. I also bought little cowboy sets for the boys. Look for sales after this Halloween on Star Wars costumes which was the big hit movie this summer. Last year I bought my boys little gargoyles statues which they thought were neat.
Don't forget the end of the Christmas season. I stocked up on Christmas cards for 90% off. They were the musical ones. I bought around 20 of them for $2.00. The batteries last for years. I gave my mother one 10 years ago and it still works. The stores usually want to get rid of all the seasonal merchandise so they can stock up for the next selling season. I do much of my Christmas shopping in January because the stores have another reason to move that old merchandise out: inventory! The less they have the less, they have to pay taxes on.
The best way to get more Christmas presents for your money is to look all year round. Many of people I give presents to are really hard to shop for. Knowing what kind of things your friends and family like really helps you pick out that perfect gift without having to spend too much.