Thursday, December 14, 2006

10 tips for stress-free shopping

I found this article on and its got nice tips on stress free shopping so I figured I post it here for my readers to read. I think since it's the holidays, many people could use these tips

  1. Start sooner rather than later to avoid panic-buying.

  2. If you're struggling for ideas, ask the people you are going to buy for what they would like.

  3. If you want the gift to be a surprise, ask other friends or family members for tips.

  4. Don't wander around the shops aimlessly - write a shopping list.
  5. Do as much shopping as you can online.
  6. If you don't want to buy expensive items online or want to see them first, use the net for research. This will give you an indication of how much you can expect to pay for items.
  7. Consider taking a day off work rather than struggling with the weekend crowds.

  8. Ask for a gift receipt (which does not show the price) - if your gift doesn't hit the spot, your recipient can exchange it easily, without embarrassment.

  9. If you're worried about how much you might spend, leave your credit cards at home.
  10. Treat your friends or family to dinner or an evening at the theatre instead. No shopping
    required and you both get a treat.

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