Gift giving can be a source of enormous joy. Shopping for these gifts, on the other hand, can be anything but pleasurable. How many times have we heard just about everyone complain about full parking lots and shopping malls, the exhaustion of visiting every single store in the area looking for that one special gift, and the financial stress caused by so many uncommon purchases. Your Christmas shopping will be much more enjoyable if you avoid the following mistakes:
Shopping at the very last minute when stores are at their busiest and shelves are empty of the most popular items (the same items you had decided on three months earlier, of course!)
Shopping during peak hours instead of taking advantage of the extended shopping schedules offered during the holidays or shopping during slower periods of the day.
Shopping with children, which slows down the operation and compounds the worries and the negotiations.
Relying solely on intuition at the time of purchase, which sometimes deserts you and frequently costs much more than you would normally spend if you had prepared a list.
Being seduced by sales advertisements without taking the time to compare the price to the quality of the items you are considering.
Neglecting to pay attention to exchange and refund policies, or losing the purchase receipts, will ensure a disappointing, complicated, and stressful post-Christmas period.
Wanting to offer gifts to everybody, impressing each person with an extravagant surprise, and paying for everything with credit, which creates unnecessary financial stress.
Trying to complete all of your purchases in one day, only to return exhausted, with the added bonus of being disappointed that you could not accomplish your goal.
Remember, the fun in Christmas shopping depends on how well you manage your time, your energy, and your budget!