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4 Ways to Help Save Money on Holiday Gifts

From making batches of festive cookies to exchanging presents, the holidays are a special time to be with your loved ones. Before the season kicks off, consider these tips from personal finance author Stefanie O’Connell on how to help save a little money on your gift-giving this year. [info_banner] Allstate https://i1.wp.com/blog.allstate.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/young-family-holiday-shopping_iStock.jpg?fit=2121%2C1414&ssl=1
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From making batches of festive cookies to exchanging presents, the holidays are a special time to be with your loved ones. Before the season kicks off, consider these tips from personal finance author Stefanie O’Connell on how to help save a little money on your gift-giving this year.

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STEFANIE: Hi everyone, personal finance author Stefanie O’Connell from stefanieoconnell.com here, sharing four ways to help save money on gifts this holiday season.

STEFANIE: According to the National Retail Foundation, the average American spent more than $935 on the holidays in 2016.

STEFANIE: Roughly 63 percent of that, or $589, on gifts alone.

STEFANIE: That high holiday price tag may potentially lead to financial stress, especially when the credit card statements arrive at the start of the new year.

STEFANIE: But, with a little advanced planning, you can help minimize the financial crunch.

STEFANIE: Consider these four tips to help save money on your holiday gifts this season.

STEFANIE: 1. Create an Action Plan

STEFANIE: Sit down and look at the reality of your finances before you start shopping to determine how much you can actually afford to spend on gifts this season.

STEFANIE: Try making a list of the people you’re shopping for and the maximum amount you can afford to spend on each person.

STEFANIE: Be sure the total sum of your gifts falls within your designated budget.

STEFANIE: If it doesn’t, you can either limit the amount you spend on each gift or limit the number of people you buy gifts for.

STEFANIE: It’s best to make these decisions well in advance, when you’re not under the pressure of the last-minute shopping rush.

STEFANIE: 2. Consider a Family Gift or Coordinate a Gift Exchange

STEFANIE: Instead of buying a present for each and every person in your extended family, consider buying one group gift for each family, maybe a board game they can all play together, or a gift card for a family meal at their favorite restaurant.

STEFANIE: You can also suggest a gift exchange where everyone brings one gift to be exchanged.

STEFANIE: 3. Do Your Research First

STEFANIE: Planning ahead for holiday shopping isn’t just about setting a budget, it’s also about knowing where to find the lowest prices.

STEFANIE: Comparison shopping websites like PriceBlink let you compare prices at different retailers and search for coupons automatically.

STEFANIE: The best part is, you might not even have to leave your home to get your holiday shopping done.

STEFANIE: 4. Stack Your Savings

STEEFANIE: Sales, coupons and cash back are not mutually exclusive.

STEFANIE: Look for ways to combine these strategies so that you find multiple opportunities to save on each purchase.

STEFANIE: For example, you might wait until an item goes on sale, then stack a coupon on top of that sale price, then make your purchase with a credit card that earns you cash back to help maximize your savings.

STEFANIE: For more holiday savings strategies and tips to help avoid financial stress all year round visit allstate.com/blog and follow me @stefanieoconnel.

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