You feel so fortunate to have such a large circle of good friends and beloved family members…until the holidays come around. Now that large circle of loved ones has become a long list of people for whom you need to buy presents. Gulp. That’s a loooooong list. It almost makes you want to cut some people out of your life, simply because you can’t afford to keep shopping for them each year. But, the reality is that they give you back so much, every day, that you cannot put a price on. The other reality is that retail stores do put a price on the items you buy to show your gratitude. It is possible to get through the holidays without completely blowing all of your fiscal first quarter savings, while still getting everyone a present that makes them feel appreciated and special. You just have to get creative, and even a little sneaky. If you’ve been keeping up your resolutions to save money this year, there’s no reason to stop now. Here are ways to spend less on holiday gifts.
Buy gift cards in bulk
Many of your favorite retail stores offer a discount on gift cards, if you buy in bulk. If there is a major chain store, restaurant, or movie theater everyone loves, see if they’re offering a deal on bulk gift card purchases.