The Holiday Season is here, and with it comes the promise of neatly wrapped presents. If you haven’t yet started to make a list and check it twice, consider so for the sake of your budget. Learn how you can shop smart this holiday season with the following tips.
Start Shopping Now
Holiday consumers who procrastinate often spend more than their early-bird counterparts, as retailers continue to increase pricing as stock diminishes. Don’t wait until the last minute to start purchasing gifts. This method of shopping is stressful and also an easy way to overspend.
Make a List
Minimize last minute gifting by making a list of family, friends, and co-workers that you plan on purchasing gifts for. Set a comfortable spending limit that won’t blow your budget. Many people like to participate in holiday savings clubs so they have all year to save up for this purpose.
Stay at Home
You don’t have to fight the crowds at the downtown mall for the best holiday deals. Consider doing the majority of your shopping online to save time and money. Purchase online gifts in bulk and take advantage of free shipping offers.
Check Your Spending
Holiday shopping is a marathon, not a sprint. Take the time to review your spending with online banking services and your mobile banking app. Frequently checking your account statements will ensure that you don’t overspend.
You don’t have to spend a lot of money to give a loved one a truly exceptional gift. Consider making something yourself, or think of other creative ways to show someone you care. Scroll through Pinterest or other social media tools for some holiday inspiration!
Visit the Baltimore County Employees Federal Credit Union
It’s the people who are the heart of the Credit Union with personalized service from friendly staff, loyal members who utilize many cost-saving services, and dedicated volunteers who work to make the Credit Union a success. If you have more questions, stop by one of our three branches.