Ballin’ On a Budget: Cutting Christmas Costs

Question: Gina the holidays are finally among us and I am having problems figuring out where to get the best deals. What should I do? 

With the holidays quickly approaching, this can be a stressful time for everyone. People want to get their loved ones the best gifts possible, but find themselves overwhelmed and spending money that they do not have. There are ways to still get the best gifts without breaking the bank. My favorite go to place for anything is always Walmart. Last year, I got my dad a nice back massager for his desk chair and it only cost me $15!   

Walmart constantly has new deals each week. Right now, you can get a Keurig single serve coffee maker for $49.96, when it usually goes for $59.00. This is a must have for every college student. Anything you see you like on the Walmart website, there are multiple ways to get.  You can have it shipped to your house, or the store or pick it up for no extra charge. 

Whatever you see on Walmart, you should cross check with any other stores you can think of to make sure you are getting the best deal. Also keep in mind that even if it seems cheaper online versus in the store, you may be paying more depending on how much that website wants for shipping.   

As great as Walmart is, this year I have really become addicted to Amazon. Especially, Amazon Prime. I mean who doesn’t love FREE two-day shipping?!  

One of the deals they currently have on Amazon is for an Echo Dot which is discounted at $29.99. This originally goes for $49.99. An Echo Dot is a hands-free, voice-controlled device that uses Alexa to play music, control smart home devices, make calls, send, and receive messages, provide information, read the news, set alarms, read audiobooks from Audible, and Amazon Video on Fire TV. The Echo Dot can even control your lights, ceiling fans, TV’s, thermostats, garage doors, and much more. This is definitely a must have gift for Christmas this year.  

It is important when searching for gifts, that you prioritize. You need to start looking around for deals, so you don’t find yourself struggling at the last minute to find presents. You never want the person you are giving a gift to feeling as if you did not put any thought into what they are receiving. 

Another way to cut costs, is by getting your gift bags and wrapping paper at Dollar Tree. Gift bags tend to be more expensive at other stores and if you can get them for one dollar, why not? Some of the bags they have at Dollar Tree comes in packs, so you can purchase multiple rolls and still only spend one dollar. 

If you like buying holiday cards, Dollar Tree is great place to go to for those as well. You can buy a pack of Christmas cards for one dollar or if you only need a few you can get them for fifty cents each or 2 for one dollar.  

With these tips, I know that it will help to make your Christmas even better than ever while keeping money in your pockets. 



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