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Ensure You’re Not Ripped Off During The Christmas Period

Ensure You’re Not Ripped Off During The Christmas Period

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Christmas is known for its lavish spending. It’s quite interesting to reflect on just how the progression of holidays go at this time of year. Thanksgiving as celebrated in the United States is often followed immediately by the Black Friday and Cyber Monday events. An event around gratitude is immediately followed by rampant materialism and trying to get the best deal. Christmas, while wonderful of course, is a grouping of these two attitudes. We appreciate that we have while trying to impress one another with the most expensive or thoughtful gifts. Of course, there’s no need to follow this tradition, but if you’re in a family unit you likely will.

 

However, even with the progression of spending and gathering items to gift, it’s important to keep aware so you’re not ripped off this holiday season. If there’s anything companies like doing this time of year, it’s marketing hard, and if you’re not careful you can fall for well-choreographed efforts to part you from your money. With these simple tips, only the best purchasing decisions will be made in your household this year. Consider:

 

Don’t Fall For The Marketing Hype

 

The marketing hype can often make us all struggle to figure out what might actually be holding value each and every Christmas. Each and every firm offers Christmas specials, secret sales, and mammoth promotions. Or so they would have you believe. It can sometimes be that these promotions, despite the fancy packaging, generally aren’t worth the mediocre savings being offered. It might be that annual subscriptions to services, access to products and a general range of ‘immediate offers’ sound appealing, but that with a little diligence and research, you realize that you might not have considered this purchase outside of the holiday season.

 

For that reason, trying to prioritize that which you might actually need can help you make these frivolous purchases because you can, not because you are fooled into doing so. This might sound like an insult to your intelligence, but even the smartest people can be susceptible to the emotional excitement of Christmas, and companies know that. They are banking to use it in order to promote themselves. This is why most firms come out with the famous ‘Christmas Advertisement’ each year. By staying wise, taking a little time to verify the value of a purchase, and looking through all of the marketing hype, we might save hundreds in wasted spending this Christmas. This prideful feeling might be the cherry on top for your entire vacation.

 

Be Careful With Extra Funding

 

It can be extremely easy to consider taking extra funding in our stride at this time of year. We’re all familiar with how bills can pile up, how the gifting season can drain our wallets, let alone the other plans you might have. Sometimes you might be cooking Christmas dinner for friends and family, or it might be you have to travel across the country to spend thanksgiving with your parents. Overall, Christmas can be costly, so any boost in our finances is surely looked on with welcoming eyes.

 

You may consider looking for a quick loan, easy to repay, but one in which you can become paid now and start using soon. After all, Christmas is very close to the current date. This is a perfectly valid thing to do, and many people decide to use one of these loans because they know they’ll be receiving a payday on or after the Christmas period. However, you need to know which payday loans are appropriate and which aren’t. Thankfully, payday loan comparison resources online, as linked previously, can give you a real picture as to the quality and reliability with each loan online. Be suspicious of overly long payback dates, interest too high or low, or a provider with very little customer feedback available online. However, if you find a trustworthy option, you might be able to fund your Christmas exactly the way you want without worry.

 

Stay Patient With Vacation Deals

 

It can be extremely exciting for some people to consider the vacation deals they might like to take part in. We might consider enjoying a winter wonderland abroad, or in a highly prestigious theme park such as Disneyland. We might hope to visit family, or potentially head on a sporting activity such as Skiing in the alps now our children have grown. While it can be wonderful to do this before or on the Christmas day itself, it can also be extremely cost-efficient to simply wait a month or two before heading out.

 

Planning a vacation in January will usually mean you are faced with the least populated time in resorts, winter vacation spots and many official places of stay around the world. This means slashed prices, quicker wait times, and much less of a sense of overpopulation at the busiest times. This means more vacation spending more, more bang for your buck, perhaps the ability to extend your vacation or upgrade to a nicer accommodation suite. Stay patient with vacation deals. After the new year rolls around, travel agents will be absolutely desperate to sell some of the unsold package deals they have, and accommodations will often be booking rooms for cheap. There’s no reason why you can’t celebrate a ‘second Christmas’ if you’re willing to push this forward a little bit. Just be sure to save your workdays to extend your vacation a little. You’ll be sure to appreciate it in time.

 

Eating Great Foods

 

It can be very tempting to head out for Christmas lunch with your family members. We are in no way suggesting you shouldn’t, because who would we be to tell you that? However, if cost-saving is an important factor, it can always be that hosting remains much much cheaper, and purchasing ingredients in wholesale now could help you find food for this event, for the Christmas day itself, and for long term leftover consumption. To us, that sounds pretty important and wonderful to do, especially for the financially conscious.

 

With these tips, ensuring you’re not ripped off during the Christmas period should lead to more money in your wallet.

Tia, and TipsfromTia.com  is trying to keep you looking good and
feeling good, from the inside out. If you’ve got a problem or a tip email me! Be sure to Like and share on Facebook or Follow on Twitter or Instagram.

Getting Those Holiday Deals

By Tia Cristy

Getting Those Holiday Deals

I’ve gotten a few questions over the last few weeks regarding holiday shopping. Not just inquiring about the perfect gifts for him or her, but what’s the best strategy on finding those holiday deals.

Four options come to mind.

Shop all year ‘round

This is, personally, my favorite. I hit the clearance racks after each season. I tend to stay away from anything trendy when it comes to clothes shopping for others. Remember how fast palazzo pants come in and out of style? There’s no guarantee that something you get on the sale rack will be in-fashion next year. However, staying within ‘basics’ is usually a homerun because you can feel good knowing got that perfect little black dress for a fraction of the original price.  

Black Friday

Of course, it’s well known the Friday after we give thanks for all we have can be the time to score deals that make us even more thankful. Black Friday traditions can feel like a holiday all their own. But in the past several years, I’ve been reminded of my elementary days where upper classmen should be yelling don’t run in the hallways to all the young tots wildly trying to get to their next class. But instead of a Safety sporting a plastic badge and whistle, a young store manager toting a ring of keys has to practically jump out of the way after unlocking the doors of a superstore in the wee hours of the morning. I can’t help but reflect on when my parents would say, ‘don’t grab… there’s plenty enough to go ‘round’, but sadly, that’s not usually the case when there’s only two available. Doorbusters have a way of making some folks forget human values. So be aware of life-lessons; no sale is worth compromising your humanity.

Small Business Saturday

The latest and perhaps the greatest way to go shopping during the holiday season is showing patronage to the small business owners. Sales and deals are always to be found. But beyond that, you’ll find lots of ‘one-of-a-kinds’ for that special someone that appreciates being unique. Small businesses are usually more apt to help the customers with suggestions, returns and overall customer service since they rely heavily on recommendations. Small businesses can also offer online shopping for customers that aren’t quite local. Momentum highlights some of the best small businesses to check out for Small Business Saturday… or any other day of the week.

Cyber Monday

Curling up on the couch with your laptop and a cup of tea can be the least hassle-free in most cases. Cyber Monday’s sales can offer specials as good as Black Friday, however you need to be quick on the ‘complete order’ button. There have been several times where I’ve filled up the cyber cart, clicked to pay and then half the merchandise is no longer available. But once I got the trick down of making several purchases throughout crossing off my Christmas list, I was pretty happy with the results—that includes the shipping options.

So when is the best time to get the shopping deals?

It’s really trial and error. And it has the ability to change year in and year out. But these are my top choices for getting the shopping list done without ending up at the mall the day before Christmas. Happy shopping and here’s to a safe and happy holiday season!

Tia, and TipsfromTia.com  is trying to keep you looking good and
feeling good, from the inside out. If you’ve got a problem or a tip email me! Be sure to Like and share on Facebook or Follow on Twitter or Instagram.