HOLIDAY SHOPPING CAN KILL YOU!
Holiday shopping can be dangerous for you physically and emotionally. Experts say the stress of shopping for the holidays can cause emotional and physical exhaustion… and can even be fatal. However, with some tips from some top experts you can take the hassle and danger out of holiday shopping.
- Prepare ahead of time by looking at catalogs, ads and magazines to get ideas.
- Wear comfortable clothes… especially shoes.
- Limit shopping periods to three hours at most.
- Don’t leave home without a list, and be as specific as possible. Write down clothes sizes for the people on your list.
- Call ahead to make sure a store has what you want. If they do, ask them to hold it for you.
- Shop when stores are least crowded. The best days are Tuesdays and Wednesdays and the best hours are from 3:30 to 5 p.m. The worst times are weekends and lunch hours.
- Take along a large shopping bag. It’s easier to carry one bag filled with lots of presents than to juggle many separate bundles.
- Shop at stores with easy, no-hassle return policies.
- Buy a present when you first see it. If you wait, it may be gone.
- When shopping for people who live a long distance away, take advantage of stores that will pack and ship the gifts for you. It may cost a little more but it could save you some time at the post office.
- If you can’t think of a good present for someone and don’t want to give money, give a gift certificate.
- For unusual presents, consider special interest magazine subscriptions, food baskets or a gift of your time. You can make up a coupon offering free yard work, babysitting, woodworking or some other service.