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Three Ways to Christmas Shop on the Cheap

Christmas shopping is something a lot of us tend to put off until the last second, and then are scrambling the week before Christmas to buy things just because you feel like you have to.  You end up buying something, at exorbitant obnoxious prices, that you know the person you are buying for won’t even like!


I came up with a few ways you can get awesome presents, not have to kill yourself trying to get them at the last minute, and not break the bank...

  1. My first suggestion, is to shop in advance! I know, this seems super simple, but you wouldn't believe the difference it makes to start a couple months in advance, and just buy things you know the person would like as you see them.  This year, I stopped in an antique shop on my way to work one day, just to look around.  I ended up leaving with this gorgeous bowl, mug, and tea set with I am planning to give to family members, and because the place was about to close down, I got them for half off the original price!
  2. That leads me right into my next suggestion, shop sales and discount shops, and don't be afraid to use coupons!  Ross and TJ-Maxx are two of my favorite store to shop at, and Christmas is no exception!  You can get very nice gifts, at much cheaper prices.  This year I found this canvas poster from the Batman moves, that is so tall it comes up past my hips.  That is like, three feet tall!  It is really awesome looking, and when Christmas comes and Maze and I exchange presents, I'll be ready!  Oh, and as crazy as it may be, give black Friday shopping a chance! I'm not saying go get in fist fights and pepper spray people, but take advantage of those sales while you have the chance.
  3. Similarly to shopping discount stores, I am all about those discount apps!  Ever heard of Jane.com? There is a website as well, but I prefer the app.  It gathers all of the cute (and usually monogrammed!) deals from all over the internet, and shows you the best ones each day.  If you like the item, you better get it though, because the deals usually only last about three days!  Similarly, apps/websites like Goupon.com and Bradsdeals.com never cease to amaze me.  I have been all about Groupon lately, because you can buy awesome experiences (like massages and Fun Depot trips) at crazy discounts!  Everyone will love you at Christmas if you buy them spa packages!  Finally, we can't forget Retailmenot.com, which always has amazing coupons.

Those are my top three tips for Christmas shopping early, and as cheap and nice as possible!  I love giving gifts, so I don't skimp on the quality, but I am also a broke college student, so I value a good deal!

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