Here’s how to do all your Christmas shopping in one day.

1.     Make a list — Make a list of the gifts you need to buy and include a backup gift in case you can’t find what you’re looking for. There’s no law that says you have to give everyone a different gift.

2.     Shop online — Online merchants allow you to purchase a variety of products from the comfort of your home.

3.     Establish a budget — Assign a dollar amount to each gift and you might avoid overspending.

4.     Prepare an itinerary — Get organized and map out your targets. Also, call stores beforehand to confirm they have what you’re looking for.

5.     Select a day — The trick to getting all your shopping done in one day is picking the right day. Avoid shopping on the weekend — that’s when everybody goes. Shop on a weekday, as early in the week as possible to avoid traffic, lineups and parking fiascoes.

6.     Don’t spend more time than necessary in one store — If, after a brief survey of the premises, you can’t locate the coveted item, wave a salesperson over and ask them to get it for you.

7.     Read the fine print — To avoid nasty surprises upon gift giving, keep every receipt and ask each store about its return policy.

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