4 Ways to Plan for Your Holiday Shopping Spree

‘Tis the season for holiday shopping! The holidays are here and full of cheer, so it’s time to make your list and check it twice. Holidays are full of fun, family and delicious food, but they can also get stressful and expensive. Instead of turning into a stressed-out Scrooge this season, follow this holiday shopping plan that will help you get more bang for your buck as you shop ‘til you drop.

1. Stick to your list.

If you’re braving the mall, it’s wise to bring a pre-planned checklist of stores you need to visit to purchase all your gifts. Sticking to your list and staying focused will help you navigate the mall and get your shopping done in record time. Plus, you’ll avoid getting sidetracked by impulse purchases!

 2. Check their social media accounts.

You, like everyone else, probably have a hard time choosing what to get your relatives, friends and sweetheart. You spend hours racking your brain for that perfect gift idea, only to come up with…nothing.

If you need gift ideas, check out your loved ones’ social media accounts! Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest can help you narrow down their interests. Visit their profiles and take note of their boards, “likes” or the brands they follow. The key to the perfect gift might be a few clicks away!

3. Find deals online.

Online shopping has revolutionized the way we shop. Shopping for clothes, technology, furniture and even household supplies has never been easier. Luckily, many major retailers release online specials right before the holidays. Why not take full advantage of pre-holiday sales? This season, compare prices on hot ticket items like electronics, appliances and other gadgets to find the best prices on gifts! Plus, online shopping will also save you from long checkout lines and hectic mall parking lots. Talk about a win-win.

4. Research promo codes and discounts.

Do you love a good bargain? If so, you already know that a little research can lead to major savings. If you haven’t done so yet, make it a rule of thumb to do an online search for “(store name) coupons” before your shopping trips. If you’re shopping online, search the web for “(store name) promo codes” and apply them before submitting your order. Also, don’t forget to sign up for your favorite stores’ email newsletters, so you never miss seasonal sales and new markdowns throughout the year, too!

The holidays can be the most joyful time of the year, especially when your spirits are high! Since the winter months are prime cold and flu season, make sure to keep your health a top priority so you can spend your holidays in glee! Did you know that flu shots are typically covered by health insurance? Put your coverage to good use, and get a flu shot to stay healthy throughout your festivities. To learn more about your health insurance options for the new year or now, call 855-548-0727 to chat with a licensed VelaPoint Insurance agent today!