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Holiday Shopping: Work Smart, Not Hard

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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.

 
 

 

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