Holiday Shopping

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I’m pleased to announce I’m almost done with my Christmas shopping for the year. Uh huh, that’s right, before Black Friday.

I was excessively dorky about it this year (read: spreadsheets), but it seems to be worth it. Here are my tips for the season:

  1. Join mailing lists. Sure, the extra emails can be a burden, but after the holidays, simply unsubscribe. Now, benefit from special sale announcements and printable coupons. At Pier 1 this weekend, I was able to save 20% on my purchase.
  2. Shop Kohls. My sister turned me onto this bargain superstore last year, and its greatness continues. Some of my favorite purchases have been bedding ($35 flannel sheet set) and inexpensive cashmere sweaters. Wednesdays are often Kohls’ biggest sale days, so stay alert.
  3. I think I preach this every year, but you really can’t beat the pricing (as much as I love hanging out at Barnes & Noble, it’s hard for me to make a purchase when I know I can get a much cheaper deal online). Also, if you’re a frequent book/cd/dvd buyer, sign up for Amazon Prime, which, for $79/year gets you free 2-day shipping on most items and $3.99 overnight shipping. Plus, they even sell groceries now, for cryin’ out loud.
  4. Local spots. I’m going to finish off my sister’s and stepmother’s gifts at Lola’s Day Spa. Keri loves Bare Escentuals; Julie appreciates the cute accessories. I might grab my uncles some hot sauce at Belches N Burps, and I’m sure I’ll spread some love with some downtown restaurant gift certificates.
Sara Bozich
Author: Sara Bozich

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