Planning Out Your Christmas Shopping Plans

22 November 2014

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It's the second last Saturday of November, and the rumblings about the holiday season will be hard to avoid. Whether you're hearing about it from co-workers, friends, family members, or your significant other, it's no secret that Christmas is around the corner. At this time, I'm going to ask you a question that may either make you proudly and confidently say "yes", or it just might add to the stress that these holidays can sometimes put on each of you. Without any further ado, here it is: Have you done all of your Christmas shopping?

If you haven't, you don't really need to be stressed out about it. After all, you've still got nearly 5 weeks to go before that fateful day on the 25th of December. Plus, you've got reputable websites like Bargainmoose that can always provide you with the latest deals and coupons for a huge variety of popular stores right here in Canada. The only problem that you'll likely encounter is the nuisance of shopping in a crowded shopping mall, which doesn't just occur on weekends during this time of the year! Parking your vehicle at a mall during this time of the year may also prove to be a difficult task, so there's another reason why many people don't look forward to doing their Christmas shopping too late - especially when you hit the month of December.

Once December hits, many people realize that Christmas is around the corner, so certain popular items, especially if they were just introduced recently, may be tough to find for its regular price. For example, last year the hot items to have were the Sony PS4 and the Xbox One systems, which were first introduced on November 15th, 2013 and November 22nd, 2013. It was a real challenge to find these anywhere before Christmas day - stock was flying off the shelves within minutes, and were selling for inflated prices on online auction sites like eBay.

In other words, if there's something new and fresh that's been introduced for this holiday season that's on your Christmas list, don't wait until the last minute to get it. If this gift is something that someone you care about really looks forward to getting, especially if they deserve to be rewarded with a great gift during the holiday season, you should try to at least get that before it becomes difficult to find it in-stock at your favourite retailers.

When you're planning out your Christmas shopping plans, it helps to just slow down from that daily rat race that we call "life", take a breather, and spend some time in your home office/computer room/bedroom to organize a brief list of what you need to get. Now this time of the year can get pretty expensive, and it can certainly lay a smack down on our bank accounts, so when you're making your list, you should also take the time to do a little bit of research on the items that you plan to purchase for Christmas.

Doing an adequate amount of research on the products that you plan to buy is a great way to save some of your hard-earned cash during the holidays. I've included some of the ways that you can do this below:

  • First of all, find out the different retailers that will carry the products that you're looking for. After doing this, check out their websites to see how the items that you want are priced, and look for the best deal.
  • You should also check out the coupons and sales that we have listed for these retailers right here on Bargainmoose. You can check out our coupons by clicking here.
  • When certain items appear to be priced for the same amount, refer to the coupons that we have listed here on Bargainmoose (click on the link above to check them out). You can sometimes find promo codes where you could save a certain percentage off of your purchase, or you can even "buy 1 get 1 free" for some particular items. Either way, at this time of the year, there's always a way to find a sale, and we're here to provide you with the cream of the crop! On a side note, I apologize for using that dated reference.
  • When you want to avoid the crowded atmosphere of a shopping mall, do your shopping online! Many popular retailers like WalMart, Future Shop, Toys R Us, HollisterBest Buy, and even Peoples Jewellers have great websites that allow you to do your shopping online, and some even provide you with access to some web-exclusive discounts, and you can get the soon-to-be gifts that you need shipped right to your door (or another location, if you want to hide the evidence from your family)!

How do you handle your Christmas shopping plans? Feel free to leave your comments below! I hope you all have a great night, my fellow deal hunters!

Photo credit: Dr. Wendy Longo

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