Haven’t started prepping for Christmas yet? Start now, so you can relax when Christmas does roll around. Here are a few tips to help you get ready for the holidays.
Make a list
Set a Christmas budget and compare it with last year’s holiday expenses. Include gifts, food, decor, etc., and set the amount you’ll be spending this year. Make your list of holiday cards right away, as it may take time to update addresses and have it delivered on time.
Sign up and save
Sign up for loyalty programs that offer store cash. You can use the store cash to buy Christmas presents. Cashback rewards from rebate apps and websites can also add up to your Christmas budget.
Check your list twice
Once you set your budget, refine your Christmas shopping list. Consider this as your last chance to add new people or new items to the list.
Get a free Thanksgiving turkey for Christmas
At the start of November, some grocery stores offer free turkey deals. So, keep your eyes peeled. While a few stores may give it away for free, others may require you to spend a minimum amount on groceries to qualify.
Sign up for Amazon Prime if you haven’t already
Did you know that Amazon gives customers free access to Prime benefits for a whole month? Take advantage of these Prime benefits for free for an entire month to shop for Christmas gifts. Sign up and start shopping online. Keep in mind that after the free trial, you will need to pay for Prime benefits.
Cut down your own Christmas tree
Plan a day and take your family along to cut down a fresh Christmas tree. Depending on your state’s law, you may need to purchase a $4-$12 permit.
Complete all online shopping on December 14th
This year’s Free Shipping Day is on December 14th. Many stores that usually charge a shipping fee, will offer free delivery on that day. As it is 12 days before Christmas, you can aim to finish all online shopping.
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