Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Holiday Shopping

The holiday season is here! Here are some tips from USA.gov for holiday shopping:
Before going shopping
  • Set a budget that includes how much you’ll spend on gifts, decorations, and dinner menu ingredients.
  • Make a list of the things you really need and prioritize them, so you won’t need to do all your shopping in one day.
  • Research and choose stores and websites that carry the items you need.
  • Plan to use coupons and discounts to save money. Watch for deals at stores and on websites.

Shopping in stores
  • Consider all sales announcements at your stores to determine the best shopping time that will let you save money by getting special deals. 
  • When you’re out shopping and you have purchases in your car, be sure to keep your purchases out of sight so they’re not stolen.
  • Save all your receipts for exchanges or returns.

Shopping online
  • Use different web sites to compare prices on items you need.
  • Check the user comments on the purchases you’re making. You can read about the quality of the product, and whether the company has reliable shipping.
  • Be aware of the return policy and the shipping times.
  • Only buy items on trusted sites that will protect your personal information.
  • Save confirmation numbers and receipts in case you have issues with your order or you never receive your items.




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