Holiday hacks for last minute shoppers: Tips and ideas for saving money

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The holiday season can be stressful, especially when you wait until the last minute to buy gifts. From the long lines at the mall, to the confusing bogo sales and holiday traffic. It’s time to scratch ‘stress’ off your holiday to do list, by trying these creative tips for saving money.


When you don’t set limits for purchases, Christmas can put a dent in your pockets,. The average American spends approximately $830 a year on Christmas gifts, according to Gallup Poll. A good way to save money on holiday shopping is to create a budget. Visa gift cards are available at local grocery stores and pharmacies, such as Walmart or Walgreens. Using gift cards to make purchases is a very helpful way to maintain your budget without overspending.


Getting creative can be a fun and easy way to save money on holiday gifts. Pinterest is great site for gift ideas, because it has step by step tutorials for DIY projects. Make a mini gift basket filled with stocking stuffers, like headphones, travel sized lotion, body spray or perfume.

Family gifts

Cross out everyone on your Christmas list at one time. The holidays should be a time for family and friends. Buy a gift that the entire family can enjoy such as board games, trivial and multiplayer games for Xbox or PlayStation entertainment systems. To make the games more exciting, make prizes such as candy and gift cards for winners.

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Easy Gift Ideas:

– If you’re not sure what to buy, just grab a gift card, they’re an easy holiday gift that eliminates purchasing something your friends or family doesn’t like.

-Take a coffee mug, and stuff it candy, after that person eats the candy they can fill the mug for their favorite coffee, hot cocoa or tea.

-DIY instructions for Bath Bombs

Bonus Tip: Find out the holiday hours at your local mall. Most people don’t know about extended holiday hours, and it’s a perfect time to shop without long lines.

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