It’s no secret that college students don’t have the biggest budget. With busy schedules and loads of homework, it’s not always easy to keep your wallet full, which means holiday shopping can be a bit of a hassle. The good news is, there are ways to get your loved ones presents without breaking the bank! We have a few tips to share with you on ways you can be financially savvy, yet still get some great presents.
Be Creative. Sometimes the best gifts aren’t the ones that are expensive- they’re the ones that are thoughtful. Are you a good drawer? If so, make a sketch! Do you love making collages or photo albums? Making a CD as a gift is also a great idea. Your family member or friend will be sure to love a meaningful gift like this. Does your sister have a favorite place she likes to go to? Does your mom really want to see a certain movie or local show? You could also go places that do not require a large budget; this type of gift can be even better than a tangible present! Use what you already know as inspiration for ideas!
Make lists. When you plan out what you need to get ahead of time, it’s easier to stick to the plan and not overspend. Also, it’s a great idea to start ahead of time. Waiting until the week before the holidays to start buying your family and friends their presents is sure to create unnecessary stress. If you start months in advance and slowly buy things throughout the year, you won’t be left with a huge list by the time the holidays roll around!
Check your email. Email is a great way to stay informed about sales and deals. It’s also a good idea to create a separate email for coupons and sale information so that way your regular inbox doesn’t get flooded with too many messages. Additionally, there are apps/websites out there that will give you coupons, such as RetailMeNot! This particular app offers discounts for thousands of stores!
If you follow these tips, your holiday shopping will be a piece of cake this year! These tips will allow you to save money and time. Your wallet will thank you!