Time starts to feel a lot more valuable during the holidays. If you found yourself driving around town without any real plan other than getting gifts last year, take a step back and draw up a game plan. Use these tips to check off everyone on your list while saving time and money. Then you can spend the holidays the way they should be spent: with family.Save Time by Going Local
Now that you have a baby, you probably can't (or don't want to) spend hours upon hours driving to stores and perusing the aisles. There is, however, a perfectly suitable substitute: Going local.
Going to a small business around the corner can save on gas and let you keep your little one with you the entire time you’re out. Another bonus: Local stores are great places to find gifts for relatives or friends who live out of town, too. Never underestimate the appeal of gifts that you can get only in your city or town!Go Mobile
Browse applications on your mobile phone or tablet. There are all sorts of apps that not only act as shortcuts to various online retailers — but also keep track of your shopping list!
Some of these apps even feature budgeting functions and allow you to keep all the information in one spot. Technology can let you bounce a laughing baby on your lap while doing holiday shopping at the same time!Visit Deal-of-the-Day Sites
Check out the many Web sites that specialize in “deals of the day” and other similar offerings. You can find anything from appliances to skateboards, and the discounts are often substantial. These sales are usually offered with limited time frames, so be sure to check back often.
Think of it as online shopping with a “thrill-of-the-hunt” aspect added on!Give the Gift of Savings
Various sites out there provide a service that some people may not even think about: savings! A subscription to one of these sites will give the recipient access to special coupons for great things — anything from restaurant coupons to skydiving lessons — at a hard-to-beat price.
To top it off, there’s no shipping! This simple gift can make a big impact long after the holiday season is over.Cash in on Convenience
The next time you’re out at the supermarket, look out for the gift card rack. Grocery stores are carrying an ever wider variety of gift cards these days. You’re bound to find something that would be appreciated by someone on your list.
Getting all your shopping done while still being able to spend some quality time with your little one is a cinch with a little thinking outside the gift box!