The holiday shopping season is a chore for even the most die-hard shopaholics. The endless lines, hard concrete floors and competition among shoppers can turn an otherwise fun outing into one that totally wears you out. Whether you need to buy dozens of gifts for a long list of family members or just a few items, these tips and tricks will make your Christmas shopping experience much easier.
Set Your Budget First
Nothing drains your bank account as fast as impulse gift purchases. Yes, your loved one may really love that $150 makeup kit, but if you only have a budget of $200 for all of your gift shopping, you'll arrive home to find a drained account or even overdrafts. Set your budget first and stick to it within at least 20 percent, even if you find good deals.
Double Check the Price
That good deal might not be the best one available to you. Thanks to the ubiquitousness of smartphones, you can load up one of the dozens of apps designed to help you price shop and compare without leaving the store. This can keep you from impulse buying by revealing that you can find the same price, or an even a lower one, elsewhere. Other apps offer coupons and rebates that take the sting out of holiday spending, too.
It's exhausting to deal with a list of 20, 30, or 50 people that all need individual gifts. Consider how you can organize some of them into groups by shared workplace or family association, and consider a gift that group members can share among themselves. For example, a big basket of gourmet snacks can easily please an entire family or everyone at the office while cutting down on your shopping workload.
Don't Forget to Eat
Before you embark on your shopping journey, eat a healthy breakfast with a balanced ratio of carbohydrates, fat and protein. Don't forget to stop and take a break for lunch as well. Our delicious Mexican food here at Papa Lopez Mexican Cantina is just what you need to get the energy to keep going until your list is complete. We're offering lunch specials for the entire holiday season so you can enjoy a hearty meal while still having plenty of room in your wallet for gifts.
If you find two perfect gifts at great prices that both fit within your budget, go ahead and grab them both. You'll be taking care of next year's shopping ahead of time without having to remember in July that you're not looking forward to the rush and competition of Black Friday. Just remember that you bought gifts ahead of time so you don't end up filling your attic or storage closet with gifts that are never given.
Let Papa Lopez Mexican Cantina take your holiday shopping experience to the next level. Drop in afterward for dinner as well, and don't forget you can always enjoy a fresh margarita to unwind.