It's that time of year again!
The leaves are changing color, the air is getting crisp, and stores are starting to roll out their holiday decorations. That can only mean one thing: Black Friday is just around the corner. For many people, Black Friday is the official start of the holiday shopping season. But before you head out to the stores or start clicking "add to cart," there are a few things you should keep in mind. Here are the dos and don'ts of pre-Black Friday holiday shopping!
Do: Make a Budget—And Stick to It!
One of the most important things you can do before starting your holiday shopping is to make a budget—and then stick to it! It's easy to get caught up in the excitement of finding deals and end up spending more money than you intended. To avoid this, sit down and figure out how much money you can realistically afford to spend on gifts. Once you have a number in mind, make a vow to yourself that you'll stick to it no matter what. Your bank account (and your credit card statement) will thank you later!
Another important thing to keep in mind is that procrastination is your enemy when it comes to holiday shopping. The earlier you start, the more time you'll have to find thoughtful gifts for your loved ones—and the less likely you'll be to resort to buying them something from the dollar store at the last minute! So do yourself a favor and start your shopping early. You'll be glad you did when December 25th rolls around.
Do: Take Advantage of Sales…But Don't Get Carried Away!
Sales are one of the best things about Black Friday shopping. But it's important not to get too caught up in the excitement and end up spending more money than you intended. Remember: just because something is on sale doesn't mean you need to buy it! Only purchase items that were already on your list—and that fit within your budget. That way, you'll be sure to stay on track—and avoid overspending.
Holiday shopping can be a lot of fun—but it can also be stressful if you're not prepared. By following these simple dos and don'ts, you can make sure your pre-Black Friday holiday shopping goes off without a hitch! And who knows? You might even enjoy yourself in the process! Happy Shopping!...XOXO 🍁🧡🍂
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