• Holiday Shopping Tips

Mint.com: Holiday Shopping

Mint | December 15, 2010

Budgeting during the holiday season often feels impossible. But gift-giving doesn’t have to hurt your finances if you follow these holiday shopping tips.

Lauren Lyons Cole, an independent Certified Financial Planner®, urges shoppers to “go into the store with your budget and a list so you’re not tempted to buy all these little dumb things that stores put in aisles.”

And here’s a bonus incentive for getting a receipt: “I keep the gift in the bag with the receipt and wait until the day before to wrap it,” says Cole. “If I find something better or cheaper, returns are easy and I’m not really committing, because I have the gift in the bag with the receipt. During the holiday season, everyone is more likely to buy stuff that they didn’t mean to buy.”