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1. Let your fingers do the walking and your budget do the talking
Shop around from the comfort of your own home before you make that trip to the store to make your purchase. Before you commit to making a purchase, try comparison shopping by watching the flyers, searching on-line and phoning local retailers.
Once you find the best price on the product you want to purchase, consider whether there is a retailer closer to home that offers a price match. Many retailers offer the same products for different prices. If you can get the same product closer to home rather than driving across town, it’s worth taking the time to research your purchases first.
Don’t forget the coupons! Before you buy on-line or at a local retailer, check the flyers and on-line coupon sites. A few extra minutes looking for a coupon could result in significant savings.
2. Make a list and shorten it twice
How many people are you giving gifts to this year? Does your list seem to get longer and cost more every year? If you are buying for more than just immediate family and your BFF, it might be time to shorten your list and save some money.
Think about why you are giving to those on your list. If you really want to cut your list down significantly, you can reduce spending by giving a handmade card or baking some cookies for those you’ve crossed off your list this year. Consider giving gifts to children only and cut out the adults from your list. Grownups are often happy to let the tradition of gift giving go because there is so much stress involved with trying to find the right gift that doesn’t break the bank.
3. Spend time, not money
Do you remember every gift that was given to you and by whom last Christmas? I don’t. But I do remember the good times I had with family and the memories we made. Try spending time, not money on your friends and family. Give them the gift of time spent with you rather than an expensive gift that may never be used.
4. It’s not what you saved, it’s what you spent: don’t get caught up in ‘one-day sales’ and ‘specials’
Retailers are paid to get you to part with your hard-earned money. Even better for them if you use the retail store’s credit card to make your purchase and part with your future hard-earned money! One trick to watch out for is when retailers take previously discounted items and put the prices back to full retail before applying the discount for a one-day sale like Black Friday or Boxing Day. The result is often a higher price or similar price to what you would pay during a regular sale or discount.
Remember these tips to save yourself from impulse shopping and getting caught by one-day sales:
Remember, you didn’t ‘save’ money if you didn’t put money in the bank. If you are spending just for the sake of getting something on sale, you didn’t save anything.
5. Saying ‘No’ does not make you a Scrooge
The holidays tend to be filled with get togethers, parties and gift exchanges. Not to mention all the charities that are asking for holiday donations. Do you have trouble saying no to every request to donate to a charity or to every invite to dinner or holiday party? If you have been caught in this trap before, you know how quickly you can blow the holiday budget before you even buy your eggnog and shortbread cookies!
If this sounds familiar to you I recommend you learn to say ‘I can’t afford it.’ You would be surprised how people react to this powerful but simple statement. You may worry that you will be judged or that people will assume you haven’t managed your money well. But you aren’t admitting to any financial mismanagement, you are simply saying that it isn’t in the budget at this time. That’s fiscally responsible and most people will understand this and won’t question your response. Say yes to the things you really want to do that fit in your budget.
Leah Drewcock is a Licensed Insolvency Trustee serving our Prince George region. For more information on how MNP Debt can help, contact our office at 250.596.4901 or Toll-Free at 310-DEBT.
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