Unlike nearly all women everywhere, I hate shopping. I think it has something to do with being an introvert. I find all of the blaring lights, competing sounds, and piles and piles of merchandise extremely disorienting. I go into a trance, everything starts moving slowly and I can’t understand anything people are saying to me.
Unless I go in with a plan.
Having a well thought out list to follow decreases disorientation. It also decreases the likelihood that I will grab random things to buy just to finish the shopping trip and get out of there!
My number one Christmas (or should I say ‘Holiday?’) shopping tip is to plan ahead.
- Set a budget and stick to it.
- Make a list of who you need to get gifts for.
- Cut that list in half because you don’t really need to stuff for everyone.
- Decide in advance what you are going to get for everyone.
- Again, cut those items in half because you don’t need to buy that much crap for anyone – especially more toys for your kids.
- Determine in advance, which shops are most likely to have the items you need to purchase. Getting lost in the mall can lead to holiday madness.
- When you go in, stick to the list. It’s tricky, but it can be done.
- If you can’t find the item, don’t waste time looking around – ask a store clerk. If they don’t have it, go home and try again another time.
- If you can’t find the item the next time just cut that person/gift off the list. No one will notice.
If you go by my checklist, I’m about done Christmas shopping. All I need to do now is actually go to a store!
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