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5 ways to jump start holiday shopping

I tend to be someone who shops all year round. However, I do a lot of major shopping between September and December with the most being in September, then October, November, December. My goal is the earlier the better and the closer we get to the holidays, the more I shop online.

Shopping early really has its advantages. According to a recent report in USA Today, one million U.S. consumers finish their holiday shopping by September. That's not me because I still need to shop so I am sharing these 5 ways to jump start holiday shopping.

1. Plan & strategize before you go.

What stores are on your list? How long will you be out? Who are your shopping for? What's your budget? I keep a notepad with me at all times so I can write down things throughout the year. Everything that I write goes into the notes on my phone because it's always with me. I make notes like:

  • sizes of all family members
  • favorite colors and other faves of each person
  • items that my family has mentioned wanting or talked about
  • amount spent on each person

Having detailed notes like this means it is so easy when it comes time to shop in-store. I can take my lists, refer to them and take my time shopping.

2. What's in store? Grab a circular or two.

Find recent store circular's to plan your trip. Find them for every store you want to shop. I sometimes use sticky notes to designate which items I like and for who. Sears shared this circular to provide more information and jump start your shopping.

3. Find coupons.

Nothing is more motivating to me than searching out coupons to save me money while I am shopping in-store. Typically I like the kind that I can keep on my phone but not all stores work that way. Some require you to print them on the printer so I print, clip and put in my small notebook that I keep with me.

4. Dress properly. Pack essentials to take along.

A big part of your shopping success is determined by the stamina you have while in-store. I keep a protein bar in my purse (large tote) and a bottle of water with me at all times. I stay hydrated and snack if I need to.  I dress in yoga pants, loose fitting tee and tennis shoes that can easily slip on and off in case I want to try something on. Of course I shop for myself as well!

5. Attend Sears Member Bonus Event on October 16, 2016. 6-9pm ET

Sears has an instore-bonus event coming up this weekend, 10/16, 2016 from 6-9 pm ET. The Sears Member Bonus Event happening on Sunday, October 16, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. This special event will give Shop Your Way Members exclusive access to the Sears Days Lowest Prices of the Season Sale that doesn’t begin for everyone else until the following weekend. Get more information at Sears.com.

We are heading to the event because I am looking for a fitness watch for my husband. His is on its last legs and as soon as it dies, I want to be able to get him something that he will love. I need to see these watches in person. I love that I can get the Sears Holiday Guarantee.

sears-circularGet the Sears Holiday Guarantee

The Sears Holiday Guarantee is similar to insurance on your purchases made during this event. When you shop the Sears Member Bonus Event in-store on October 16, 2016, if any item purchased has a drop in price between that night and December 24, 2016, you will automatically get credited from Sears. They will credit you the difference back in points, up to a maximum of $100 in points per member. I love this because then I have peace of mind knowing that I am getting the best possible deal from Sears. How is that for a shopping score?

SPECIAL NOTE: Must shop IN-STORE for holiday guarantee.

sears-shop-your-way-logo-e1357669041173Ready to Shop Your Way®?

Have you heard of Shop Your Way®? This free social shopping destination and rewards program offers advice, personalized services and millions of products. Shop Your Way® rewards us, the members, for buying our every day services and products. I love earning points. I look for ways and days that offer extra points.

What I love is that Shop Your Way® works through extensive network with thousands of top brands. Members can shop, find coupons and sales, access special pricing and earn points to use on future purchases. To become a Shop Your Way Member sign up here.

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One lucky reader of Divine Lifestyle will be receiving a $100 gift card to go shopping for someone on your holiday / Christmas list! To enter, check out the Sears circular and tell me what you will buy with your gift card. use the Rafflecopter to record your entries. 

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  1. I wish I was organized as you when it comes to Christmas shopping. I tend to go out one night and do it all!!

  2. AHHHH how in the world can we be this close to the holidays?  What great reminder that we need to get in gear for christmas shopping! I Love all the tips you have here! 

  3. Sears always has unique items and cheap prices when you shop the sales. I Can’t believe it’s time to start thinking abot Christmas gifts!

  4. We always make a plan before we go shopping and we set a budget too. 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway! Good luck to me! 🙂

  5. I haven’t thought about Christmas shopping yet. I don’t know what we are going to do for my kids yet. I try to stick to one thing they want, a need, and something to read.

  6. You are much more hardcore and organized than I am about holiday shopping. I usually procrastinate to the last minute.

  7. I love those booties, and the price! There are lots of great things in the circular.

  8. Ann Bacciaglia

    I love to get an early start on my Christmas shopping. I hate the crowds during the holidays. This way I can shop all the sales thru the year.

  9. shelly peterson

    I would love to buy a Kenmore washer, I really need a new one.

  10. Jessica To

    I would get a new mattress set from their ad.

  11. Jessica To

    I could really use a new Kenmore microwave.

  12. Natalie

    I would buy a Kenmore elite over the range microwave because mine just broke!!

  13. Dawn Monroe

    I would buy a pair of the women’s boots starting at $24.99. I need a cute pair for fall.

  14. Heather Hayes Panjon

    I Would Buy A Pair Of Craftsman Work Boots For My Husband.

  15. Lauren

    I would buy booties for myself.

  16. shelly peterson

    I would like to buy a new mattress.

  17. Mita

    I would buy a pair of the women’s boots for me.

  18. Nancy Loring

    I  would want any of the washer and dryer sets.  My set has  lasted quite a few years so a new pair is  will be coming soon.

  19. carol clark

    women boots for me but im buying a new fridge this year though from sears

  20. Heather Hayes Panjon

    I Would Buy A Pair Of Boots.

  21. Jessica To

    I could use a new washing machine from their ad.

  22. shelly peterson

    I would buy a washer.

  23. carol clark

    a fridge i cant wait to buy mine i saw your video i mean like whwhhhhhhhhatt i wish i could buy that one

  24. laura

    I would buy a new washer

  25. Cheryl B

    I would buy a Craftsman C-3 drill for husband as a Christmas gift.

  26. Heather Hayes Panjon

    I Would Buy Boots.

  27. Jessica To

    I need some new winter shoes so I would get the women’s brown boots.

  28. All of their boots look super cute! And ol man winter is right around the corner.

  29. shelly peterson

    A new mattress would be great!

  30. carol clark

    well some new clothes would be nice

  31. Heather Hayes Panjon

    I Would Buy A Pair Of Boots!

  32. We could really use that nice kenmore microwave!

  33. shelly peterson

    I would really love a new washer!

  34. Dawn Monroe

    I would buy my grandkids a pair of winter boots.

  35. Heather Hayes Panjon

    I’d Buy Boots!

  36. shelly peterson

    I would like to buy a washer, I really need one.

  37. Thomas Murphy

    I would buy the craftsmen work boots.

  38. Shayna Brookman

    I WOULD BUY WINTER BOOTS FOR MY KIDS, THE GIRLS CRB ANKLE BOOTS ARE SO CUTE 🙂

  39. Heather Hayes Panjon

    I’d Buy A Pair Of Boots!

  40. shelly peterson

    I would love the Kenmore washer.

  41. Lisa Brown

    I would get the Craftsman

    work boots
    ASTM F2413-11

  42. mami2jcn

    I’d like the NordicTrack Elite 3700 treadmill.

  43. Jessica To

    I would like one of their Kenmore refrigerators.

  44. Kristen

    I’d get the Nordictrack treadmill.

  45. Sarah Hayes

    the girls ankle cozy boots look nice.

  46. Steve Weber

    I”ve got my eye on that sweet Kenmore washer.

  47. Will G

    I would buy a new range.

  48. Kelly. D

    I would buy the Craftsman Work Boots for my husband.

  49. Serge B

    A Kenmore side by side refrigerator!

  50. Cheryl B

    I recently began shopping for Christmas and try to stick to a budget while I shop.  A  Kenmore range would be nice!

  51. Laurajj

    Oh I would love to get a pair of their fall boots on sale for 24.99!  Great price!

  52. Lisa Brown

    I would get the Girls

    CRB ankle
    cozy boots

  53. Dawn Monroe

    I would buy boots for my family or winter coats.

  54. mami2jcn

    I want the NordicTrack Elite 3700 treadmill.

  55. Amanda lea

    Gladiator 30-in.
    pre-assembled
    wall gearbox
    I can never have enough storage!

  56. shelly peterson

    I would really like to get the Kenmore washer.

  57. Rachel

    I would get the Craftsman work boots for my husband.

  58. Heather Hayes Panjon

    A Pair Of Boots!

  59. Colleen Boudreau

    I would buy the NordicTrack E 9.5i elliptical.

  60. Nicole martin

    I would put it toward a new Kenmore fridge!

  61. Kristen

    I’d love a Kenmore 2 Door Refrigerator.

  62. Heather Hayes Panjon

    I’d Buy Boots.

  63. mami2jcn

    I’d buy the NordicTrack Elite 3700 treadmill.

  64. shelly peterson

    I would love to get the nice Kenmore washer.

  65. Bridgett Wilbur

    I would buy new sheets for the kids beds.

  66. Kristen

    I’d get the Craftsman work boots.

  67. natasha lamoreux

    I would buy some cute new booties !

  68. Laurajj

    I would love to get the upright freezer for 399!  We have been wanting to pick one up for this winter!

  69. Natalie

    I would buy the Kenmore Elite convection microwave because my microwave broke.

  70. Dan Dykstra

    I love listening to music so the SOL REPUBLIC TRACKS AIR WIRELESS BLUETOOTH HEADPHONES REVIEW would be awesome.

  71. mami2jcn

    I would want the NordicTrack Elite 3700 treadmill

  72. Kristen

    I’d like to have that Kenmore refrigerator.

  73. Heather Dawn

    I would buy myself some booties!

  74. Mita

    I would buy a Kenmore washer.

  75. Tamra H

    I would buy the Craftsman C3 19.2-volt lithium-ion drill/driver.

  76. Nicole B

    I would buy the Dylan sofa.

  77. carol clark

    id buy a kenmore dryer s

  78. Laurajj

    Oh Kayla would love the Girls CRB Ankle boots!

  79. shelly peterson

    I could really use the Kenmore washer!

  80. Heather Hayes Panjon

    I’d Buy Boots!!!

  81. mami2jcn

    The NordicTrack Elite 3700 treadmill would be great to have.

  82. Melissa T

    I want to get one of the Kenmore stoves with a self cleaning oven.

  83. shelly peterson

    I would buy the Kenmore washer!!

  84. Kristen

    I’d buy some ankle boot slippers.

  85. Dawn Monroe

    I would buy my family winter boots.

  86. Dan Dykstra

    I would love new kitchen appliances.

  87. Laurajj

    I would love to get the Craftsman Drill/Driver!

  88. Jordan Troublefield

    Double Ovens are screaming my name! I should just pony up and get them already– would make the holidays so much easier 🙂

  89. mami2jcn

    I have my eye on the NordicTrack Elite 3700 treadmill.

  90. Kristen

    I’d get the NordicTrack Elite Treadmill.

  91. Bridgett Wilbur

    I would buy a kenmor washer.

  92. Melissa T

    I like the boots for the family on sale

  93. shelly peterson

    I would love to buy a washer.

  94. Laurajj

    I love the Diehard Garage Door Opener!  That is one thing we really could use a new one.  Thats a great price!

  95. mami2jcn

    10/29 I want the NordicTrack Elite 3700 treadmill

  96. Kristen

    I’d like to have a new Kenmore refridge.

  97. shelly peterson

    I would for sure love the Kenmore washer!

  98. Serge B

    I would buy a side by side refrigerator

  99. Melissa T

    I would like one of the Kenmore front loading washers and dryers

  100. Allison Swain

    I would get one of the Sealy Mattresses! Thanks for the nice giveaway!

  101. mami2jcn

    I’d like the NordicTrack Elite 3700 treadmill. Thanks for the chance!

  102. Melissa T

    I like the  Nortitrack recumbent bike

  103. shelly peterson

    I definitely would love to get a new washer.

  104. Kristen

    I’d get some Craftsman work boots….good gift!

  105. Natalie

    I would buy the NordicTrack GX 4.7 recumbent cycle.

  106. Sarah Hayes

    Id like the certa coralee mattress

  107. Jillian Too

    I’d like to get the Craftsman C3 19.2-volt lithium-ion drill/driver.

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