Mommylish Offers Holiday Shopping Tips

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Saving money during the holidays is easier than you think.

During the Holiday Season parents are scouring the stores to find the perfect gift for their children. Unfortunately, many families are either struggling financially or don’t like spending frivolously during the holidays. The good news is if you know what your looking for, you may be able to save significantly on your holiday shopping. Felicia says, "I was coat shopping for my 9 month old, and I had already determined the brand and style of jacket I wanted for my daughter. Every morning I would visit several sites that offered the brand until I found the coat I was looking for deeply discounted at Macys.com.” Keep a sharp eye out for sales and discounts. November is associated with Black Friday and big opportunities for bargain shoppers. Historically stores do offer their biggest discounts on Thanksgiving or the day after Thanksgiving, but did you know that you could get those deals before November 28? “Start surfing the web around Halloween; you’ll usually find great deals on clothing items, toys and household items before black Friday. Some stores, such as Macy’s, Bloomingdales and Toys R Us offer additional discounts by signing up.”

Another way to greatly reduce on your holiday shopping is to set spending limits with your children. Ask them to write a list of five items and tell them that Santa will surprise them with one of the five items. Your children will probably want to join in the festivities and shop for the holidays as well. Instead of giving them a shopping allowance tell them to create a DIY gift; DIY isn’t what it use to be and with so many great websites offering DIY projects your kids are sure to find something relatively easy and fun to create as gifts. Not only is it a more enjoyable experience, but your children will also learn a new craft.

Consider using cash for your purchases instead of placing them on a credit card. If your looking to save money, you’ll only spend more in the long run when it’s purchased on your credit card. “When I receive my credit card statement and it’s in excess of $300, I have a tendency to only pay the minimum or a third of the amount due. Over time the interest rate adds up and instead of saving on an item I thought I was getting on sale, I’m actually paying more for it in the long run."

Felicia B is a full-time mom, wife and blogger by night. Mommylish.com is a website dedicated primarily to women 25-54 with children. The website covers such topics as style, beauty, DIY, health, physical fitness, family, pregnancy, money and nutrition.

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