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How To Plan Budget Friendly Shopping - Last Minute Shopping Tips

Updated on April 2, 2015

Saving Money on Shopping

When we purchase gifts Items we should keep in mind not to bias our  shopping on three attractive offers which include Free Offers, Cheap Offer(Low cost sale) & Exchange Offer ( getting a new item for an old one). Buy only necessary items. The market always tempts us with magical phrases like ‘Exchange an old item & get a new one’. Plan well in advance when we go for  shopping, a medium income person can save thousands of bucks.


Prepare a Family Budget. We should keep all the expected expenses for the coming month in mind while we prepare the shopping budget. We should distinguish our shopping items as

  1. Unavoidable Items (Christmas Gift Ideas Under $10)
  2. Necessary Items
  3. Luxury Items

Keep 50% of our income for the unavoidable needs. We should not keep more than 10% of our budget for our luxury gift needs in the shopping. What is luxury depends upon the income level of each person. For example when we look at the last months expenses we only can decide that the amount of extra petrol which we put in our two wheeler that month as luxury.

Buy the gift items required for all members of your family at one go. By doing so we can save a considerable amount of money which would otherwise be spent for transportation charge or the fuel cost.

Happy shopping
Happy shopping

How to only spend a few hours shopping for All of Your Gifts!

  • Before going for shopping, make a list of all gift items that we need to buy (refer some online shopping websites ). Such a list will help us in many ways. We will only buy things which are necessary. If we prepare a list of what we need to buy, we can pre-plan & buy the best product from the best shop by asking friends about that item. (Always try to read the review of that item...)
  • We should not be trapped in various offers & free items. For example, the profit we get if we buy 5 Christmas Tree together instead of the required 2 Trees will not help the budget in any way.
  • When we go for discount sale or reduction sale, we should go with those people who do not hesitate to bargain. We should bargain keeping in mind that each cent is valuable to us. For Cheap Christmas Shopping ,Use Free EBay Coupon Codes
  • Do not hesitate to ask your doubts to the shop keeper.
  • Just because another kid has costlier things, we should not give in to the pleadings of our kids who ask for the same things.

We should not forget that the number of people who get trapped by purchasing items using bank loans and credit cards as installments are increasing day by day.

Unique Christmas Gift Item List


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    • LensMan999 profile image

      LensMan999 4 years ago from Trans-Neptunian region

      @ couponalbum ,thanks for visiting and commenting

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      couponalbum 8 years ago from Sunnyvale, CA

      Nice hub and good information!!

    • LensMan999 profile image

      LensMan999 8 years ago from Trans-Neptunian region

      glad that you enjoyed the hub. I hope my instructions are clear enough...

    • H P Roychoudhury profile image

      H P Roychoudhury 8 years ago from Guwahati, India

      good information to keep in mind.