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5 ways to jump start holiday shopping
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.
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.
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