The big thing to look for this Holiday is people starting earlier. This is because the public is starting to see the futility of waiting till the last minute. This can be detrimental to the parent looking to get presents a little later. Some hot items will sell out quicker since people are buying earlier in the calendar year. So to make sure you are not caught flat footed make sure to have planned out your shopping for the beginning of November.
The internet will be the shopper’s friend this year. The advancement of online shopping has started to take hold with the general public and many stores are even beginning to see their online sales outstrip their store sales. Shopping online allows a shopper to instantaneously shop and compare several brands and different store prices all at the click of a mouse. The internet is also reinventing age old practices such as coupons and sales and bringing them into the digital age. This is essentially removing the disadvantages that have made internet shopping less popular in previous years.
Another thing to realize this year is that credit does not have to be your best and first payment option. There are many new ways to pay for items online such as PayPal, debit, or direct deposit. In stores old payment plan practices like layaway are being revived giving customers the flexibility that credit would normally provide without all the bad financial consequences. The smart shopper will have saved up in anticipation of the shopping season and will have maximum flexibility using these services.
As you shop at major retailers look for major discounts on items that are hard for stores to sell in the current economic climate such as electronics. This allows you get great deals such as rebates or price cuts. If you take advantage of the great offers by retailers you will be able to make you money stretch further than you thought.
Also if you can’t find that special toy or gift for your son or daughter in time, don’t worry. There is always the after Christmas sale. The truth is even with all of the efforts of stores in anticipates of the traditional holiday rush there will be many shoppers who may still decide to sit it out this year. So look for great deals afterwards and pass it off as Santa being late.