Saturday, November 19, 2011

If You're Planning on Shopping this Christmas season...

... don't spend so much that you... 1) hate January because the credit card bills are too high, 2) spend what you don't have, and 3) regret purchases later, when the recipt is long gone and the season is over. (Where would we be in life without Dave Ramsey to set us straight?)

Dan and I are not thoughtful gift givers to be honest. In the 'old' days before children, we would spend our birthday/Christmas/anniversary money on weekends away to Palm Springs or Santa Barbara or such (when we used to live in San Diego). I still remember those trips fondly but to be honest, I can't remember what Dan bought me for Christmas last year- and visa versa. At least we can laugh over it together. This year, I think cans of paint would be great, though!

I'm an online shopper kinda girl. Amazon.com is my default go-to site but even then I Google my desired purchase before clicking 'submit' one last time.

If you want to get cash-back dollars, try sites like:


 
(These links use my referral codes.) I don't favor one over the other... just whatever one gives me more cash back per site. I get cash back from airfare, daily-deal sites (Groupon, Zulily), and Gap/Old Navy. They still don't have Gymboree but someday;-)
 
The other sites I check (American) are feed into my Facebook fed for B&M deals, online deals, and coupons (of course!)...
 
 
I really hope to all friends and family and others that come by this site, that this Christmas season really is a season of good food and gifts but moreso cherishing and celebrating those in our lives.
 

3 comments:

Birdie said...

Great advice, Hillary!! I'm going to check these websites out. Thanks!

Aly sun said...

In BHG they asked "what do you most look forward to during this season?" Most said the food, second was gifts -- I don't remember their statistics, but I do remember how many people said family was what they most looked forward to, it was only 6%. Eek. We've really lost our perspective if food and gifts is what everything is about.

Blessings on your quiet shopping... I think I'm braving the crowds again on Black Friday. :/

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