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Christmas Wallet Savers

About the only thing that ever loses weight at Christmas is our wallets. They just seem to go thinner and thinner as the weeks leading up to Christmas fly by. There are lots of things though that can be done to help take some of the crunch out of Christmas. Each on their own may not add up to much, but if you combine them all I bet you will have saved enough money to buy an extra gift or two.

Make sure you eat before you shop

It really is surprising at how many people tend to eat out when they are Christmas shopping. Often the reason for this is because they are away from home for many hours, and often have left home without eating. So if you are planning an early
morning shopping excursion then get up a bit earlier and have a hearty breakfast. You can bet it will hold you through those next several hours while you are shopping. This way you won’t lose precious shopping time by having to stop to eat, and you will have saved some substantial money as well.
If you are a night time shopper, then same thing, have an early dinner and a filling one,  but not one that is going to take a lot of clean up time.

Try walking to the mall
It is a natural tendency to drive the car to the mall especially when Christmas shopping. The driving around the mall parking lot however, can sure eat up a lot of gas. There are a couple of things that you can do here.
  1. You can walk to the mall if you have a pretty good idea that you aren’t going to have to carry too much.
  2. Park somewhere outside of the mall parking lot, perhaps down a side street. You are bound to find a parking spot here, as everyone clamors for the parking spots closest to the mall door.
Consider the options of gift wrapping
Do a little methodical thinking on this one. If you are shopping in a mall or store that offers free gift wrapping then go for it. The time and money you save is worth if. Even if there is a small charge give it some thought as well. If you have a large gift that has to be wrapped and you can get it done for $2, think about what it would cost you to buy the wrap, tape and bows just for that gift. You may be further ahead to take them up on their offer..

(This blog post was written by Lior who works for Storemed and also advises to an MBA abroad school.)