Do you plan to do your shopping for Christmas online this year? If so it is a good idea to start shopping months ahead of time. While using the internet to shop for holiday gifts is easy and fun, during the last month and weeks before Christmas orders can take a little longer to fill. This is because many people are shopping for holiday gifts!
Shipping can cost a bit extra during this time and since the mail carriers may be overloaded with deliveries due to so many people shopping for gifts, it can take even longer to receive your orders. It can be very frustrating to order gifts for that special someone only to find that it doesn’t arrive until sometime well after the holidays! Imagine how embarrassing it would be for your children to think that Santa ‘forgot’ them. Not fun at all.
Planning ahead for the holiday season will keep you from falling into debt. The holidays are a special time and you can make it even more special by shopping for it now. You will be spreading out the financial load instead of trying to save up enough to do all of your shopping right before Christmas. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a stress and debt free holiday? Forget about paying off multiple credit card bills – planning ahead for the holiday season will help you!
When you do shop, be sure to use PayPal or a pre-paid debit card. This way you will be protected in case you do not receive your item. Plus, your items will be paid off – again, no credit card bill.
A place for hiding gifts. Be sure to have a place in your home set up to hide all of the gifts you are purchasing. This can be a closet or the attic, even under your bed if you have the space. Try to hide them well so no one in your family will know. It will be a great surprise to your family when they awake to a tree that has presents under the bottom – even to the other adult(s) in the house that had no clue you were shopping for months!
Ordering your gifts pre-wrapped and labeled. To make the holidays even less stressful and rushed, try ordering your gifts pre-wrapped and labeled with a gift tag. You can also do this at home, just make sure no one sees you! Christmas wrapping paper is available year-round online. You can wrap the presents and place a sticker label on the package so you know exactly who gets what. When writing on the labels use a marker that will not smudge. If you move the gifts or stack them, the names will not be wiped off or smudged beyond readability. Plastic s can keep your wrapped gifts dust-free for months.