A Save Money, Save Time, Save Gas Christmas

Buy Early and Have a Hiding Place

Saving money at Christmas takes thought and planning! If you're like my Mom, it means doing your Christmas shopping beginning December 26th (yes, that's right- starting the day after Christmas!) and being finished and done with it by October. Some of the best deals are found at after-Christmas sales, although selections are not as great. If you're the think ahead sort, and have a great place to hide your bargains for the entire year, you stand to save a bundle at Christmas. In Mother's day, catalog shopping was the big time saver and she took advantage of many a leisurely afternoon on the couch doing her shopping quietly flipping pages and making her selections. Mom was a gal way ahead of her time when it came to saving time, gas and frustration. These days the computer has taken the place of catalog shopping, and more and more people every day are taking advantage of it. Note: Bedroom closets come in handy for more than just clothes, but then no-one is allowed in them- EVER! I must be a throwback to some ancestor from the past. It has been impossible for me to start Christmas shopping at any point prior to Thanksgiving, no matter what. I've tried it, and I always forget who I bought for and end up buying for the same person twice. Call me crazy.

Stay-At-Home Shopping


Since I do not shop for Christmas bargains year round, Amazon.com is my favorite deep-discount solution for holiday toys to clothing to, well, anything. It doesn't matter when I shop, the Amazon market is always open. This amazing online retailer hooks up buyers with multiple sellers, paving the way for great pricing competition. You can buy your items new or used, from discounted to deeply discounted-with a condition rating as well as reviews from other buyers. Rather than having to find a sitter or try to shop with small children (who see, hear and tell all), you can shop after they are in bed with Amazon's 24-hour online presence. Amazon also offers gift bundling, a neat money-saving feature if you're buying for more than one person. You can see what other shoppers are buying when you make your choices. (This is great if you’re like me and need ideas). Item reviews let you know how other shoppers feel about their purchases after they got them home and tried them out, so you can rest assured your choices will meet your standards before you make the purchase. Shipping is a free service after your order crosses the low threshold of $25, and instead of making a trip to the post office, you can have your gifts shipped straight to the recipient. Most of the kids in my family are grown, but I still have two young nieces to buy for this year and so I have personally checked the pricing on many of the most popular Christmas toys as they appear on the Amazon marketplace. Every single one is discounted! Add to that the convenience of online ordering which rescues me from a drive to the store and a long wait in line. Factor in the free delivery and Amazon is at the top of my deep discount buying for the Holidays. Black Friday can be spent in cozy comfort at your own computer for a comfortable shopping trip rather than the retail insanity at the malls.


Shop With a List

I always make a list, just like Santa! That way I don't forget anyone I plan to buy for, and I can check around for the best prices. That means more than just a couple of places, too. The internet is great for checking prices, but don't forget there are lots of local small stores that don't post their prices online yet so you might want to drop by and see if they have any great deals going on too. We have several thrift stores in our town, and you would be surprised at the great stuff people drop off there. You have to dig through boxes sometimes to find the good stuff but if you're serious about saving money, it can be well worth your trouble. I found a beautiful set of porcelain candlesticks for $1 last year. Noone looking at them would have known what I paid, and my daughter tried to talk me into keeping them instead of gifting them for Christmas. I will add places you can shop through the following days to give you ideas about good money-saving shopping ideas, so check back from time to time if you want more places to save money!

Money Savings Places to Shop

If you participate in Christmas (and I have met people who don't) the trick is finding places and ways to shop that offer the biggest savings. I had a friend at work last month who was getting married, and we had a little party for her just to celebrate her good news. Almost every month I get a $10 mailer from Kohl's. I went there with the coupon and found a rack of discounted lingerie. For about $7 I bought her about $50 of lingerie- amazing savings using that $10 discount. Almost every month I get a mailer from Bed, Bath & Beyond for a percentage off a purchase. Use them! You can buy just one item if that's all you get from there and save big-time on your purchases. There's a store where I live called Old Time Pottery- they have a great Clearance section and lots of times you can find great markdowns with either (fixable) damage or in some cases no discernible damage at all. I have bought there at 90% discounts for my own home decor. The Dollar stores usually have the best price on wrapping paper, boxes and bows so you can save on the trimmings as well as on the gifties! The Dollar store also has lots of utensils and kitchen gadgets you can't find for a buck anywhere else, making your Holiday meals and celebrations easier to manage on a budget.

Another great place to get deep gift type discounts is eBay. Competitive pricing on eBay makes it a must-see for your Christmas shopping. Don't ask me how eBay sellers give such great deals, but they do. Here again, my eBay links do generate a small commission for me if you choose to buy through my links but you will also find they are great money-savers!

Your Money Saving Christmas Ideas

I do what I can to get through Holiday buying and still manage to pay the piper. Do you have any ideas or tips for Christmas giving you'd like to share? I know your ideas would help us all save even more and have the happiest Holidays possible!

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instantlyfamily 5 years ago

Nice Hub. Love the Kohls coupon, too! Lots of great ideas!!


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Laceylinks 5 years ago from Alabama Author

Thanks for looking, I hope you see some ideas and methods that make life easier!


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healthyfacts 5 years ago from United States

Good Hub. And you have some good tips that I plan on using this year.


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Millionaire Tips 5 years ago from USA

Great tips, shopping online, with coupons, with a list, and going to thrift stores, are all techniques I use to save money.


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josh3418 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

My family could of used this last Christmas :) Why had I not joined HubPages earlier hehe :) Great job, maybe it will work next Christmas as well :) I read this hub, because the title enticed me! Good job!

P.S. Thanks for reading my new hub and for the follow, I appreciated it! :)


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Laceylinks 4 years ago from Alabama Author

Josh, the truth of the matter is this. I got laid off a couple of years ago and for awhile had no extra money at all, it took strategic planning just to pay the mortgage, light bill and eat. Christmas was a one gift affair for a couple of years straight. I thought about Christmases past and thought of ways for people to put out a decent celebration for their families during hard times. Surprisingly, my daughter and I had two of the best Christmases of our lives those 2 years. Maybe it was the struggle and having to rely on each other extensively, or maybe it was that we tried to focus on the true meaning rather than the commercial reason for the holiday. We have since landed on our feet with a renewed appreciation for all that we have because of the times when we had so much less or it looked like we might lose it all. Thank you for coming here and reading my hub, after reading your story I hope it helps your family in some way.


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josh3418 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

Well the reason it caught my eyes is because my sister has turned into a professional couponer which has helped us tremendously! I might start writing hubs about her experiences. She has been saving us ton of money on groceries for the past few years!


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Laceylinks 4 years ago from Alabama Author

I find that very interesting, especially considering her age. I use coupons as well but find them very time-consuming to collect and plan for using in the time allotted before expiration. For that reason I probably don't use them as wisely as some people do. I've also discovered it's usually cheaper to buy store brands than name brands with a coupon discount unless you shop at a store that doubles. I hope you do write about her couponing, I think alot of people would find that a useful hub!


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josh3418 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

Thanks Lacey! heres an example, the other day she spent three dollars and got 40 boxes of pizza rolls, ten packages of expensive pudding, a bunch of bananas, and on top of that, saved 42 dollars on gas! :) so a 39 dollar money maker!


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Laceylinks 4 years ago from Alabama Author

Wow! All I can say is...looking forward to that Hub!


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josh3418 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

Ok it will be a while because, we have to collaborate on how we are going to do it because she is pc illiterate so I will be writing the hub with her advice, does that make sense? The initial hub would have to presented properly if that makes any sense...And then if it gets a lot of feedback, we would post updates at least weekly. Another example, the other week she boght 300 24oz bottles of soda for a dollar! hehe No Joke!


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Laceylinks 4 years ago from Alabama Author

She sounds like the kind of person that sees a problem and is all about finding a solution. Not only that, she finds a great one! That's a quality that will benefit her for a lifetime. I will keep checking back with you with great anticipation to see what you've written next. God bless.


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josh3418 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

Thank you very much! :) Appreciate it!

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