Christmas should be great time of the year for the whole family. However, the stress of the holidays starts to set in when we are time poor, and only one or two people within the family is stuck getting it all together, including the dreaded Christmas Shopping! With the global financial crisis, many of us also have limited budgets to spend on Christmas and wonder “why bother"?
Before you say “Bah Humbug", let me assure you that these days it doesn't have to be this way. Make Christmas shopping fun again via the Internet.
It always surprises me somewhat in the time leading up to Christmas when I see crowded shopping malls with screaming kids, harassed retail assistants, and stressed out people everywhere. To me that's the last place I want to be!
With the proliferation of the internet, I am amazed that people do not take greater advantage online shopping.
I love the internet and love online shopping. Before anyone accuses me of being a mere couch potato, let me assure you that with the time and money I save on getting the best online deals and not fighting with crazy shoppers, I have more time and money to spend on the things I love doing and people I love seeing.
Online Shoppers are literally spoilt for choice these days. You can get everything from clothing, to fridges to pet food on the internet - and I do! The greatest thrill comes when the package arrives on your doorstep, all stress free.
However, it is also easy to be carried away and end up buying a load of rubbish (which can also happen with face to face shopping). The trick, just as in any shopping, is to find the best deals online. Many online shopping comparison sites have jumped on this need and done all the legwork for you, so you don't need to spend as much time searching for the best buys.
If you are apprehensive about buying online from a site you have never bought from, just order some smaller, less expensive items to start with to test out the online shopping retailer. You can bet that just as in a bricks and mortar shop, if you don't receive good service on a small, inexpensive item, you probably won't receive it on the big ticket items either. If you are happy with an online retailer, stick with them. Many Internet sites offer special internet deals and discounts for regular customers, and it always pays to stick with an online shopping site that you trust.
Christmas gift shopping should be fun. Online shopping is just like regular shopping, without the stress and inconvenience. But the essential rules to wise shopping still hold.
As always, spend within your budget and remember this old (and very unhip) but wise saying “its not the cost, it's the thought that counts". Yes, it's an old cliché, but so relevant in these uncertain financial times.
Have a very Merry, Beautiful and Safe Christmas!