Here at Econobusters, we’ve set a priority that in all, Christ comes first, and in this month’s Molly Green Magazine, “Molly Makes Merry”, we have tried to help you keep Christ in Christmas with God and family first.
For most of the nation, the day after Thanksgiving, Black Friday, is the biggest shopping day of the year. However, you won’t find me out among the crowds. I usually try to make or buy most of gifts before Thanksgiving, and then I spend the weekend with my family decorating our home for the holidays.
As a busy mom, I do quite a bit of my shopping online. Give it a try, stay home this year and shop online. There are many great deals and incentives on the web. In fact, sometimes, with free shipping, the online deals can be better than the in-store door-busters.
Shopping for Christmas can be fun and I enjoy the hunt for the perfect gift for someone special, but are the Black Friday deals really worth the stress, frustration, and madness? I say,”No, it is not for me.”
Black Friday Deals Online
Computer-based retailers and traditional chain retailers have been listing Black Friday ads, deals and incentives for weeks. Many offer free shipping and are offering Black Friday deals online starting Thanksgiving Day.
Amazon has expanded to sell everything from toys to household items, but it is still a front-runner for media and electronics. Many items are being offered at 40%-50% off, and most items qualify for free shipping with a $25 purchase. This is a good place to start shopping for Nitendo DS, Xbox, and PS3 games. Also, hard to find toys like Lego sets can easily be purchased on Amazon and shipped straight to the recipient. Some items can be gift wrapped as well.
Another place I frequent is Walmart.com. Many of the same deals you find in store are also listed online but with free shipping to your home or your nearest Walmart location (Site to Store). The nice thing about Walmart.com is that if you need to return the item, for any reason, you don’t have to ship it back. It can be returned, refunded, or exchanged at your local store.
Almost every store in America now has a website for online shopping. However, do beware of shipping charges. You’ll save gas money by staying home, but that savings may disappear after paying shipping charges from online retailers. Look for free shipping incentives.
Retailers are desperate for sales. Black Friday sales aren’t necessarily the best deal. As the holidays get closer, more deals and bargains will be posted online.
Look For and Create Other Gift Options
A gift is a gift, and it really is the thought that counts. So many of us are struggling just to pay the bills, keep a roof over our heads, and food on our tables. There are no rules to gift giving. The best gift is a gift from the heart.
If you enjoy baking or crafts, find a way to make your gifts this year. Many women I know knit, crochet, make soaps, or candles. These are all great gift ideas. Don’t bust the budget or go into debt just to give someone gift for Christmas. Some of the best gifts are free gifts. In fact, the best gift I ever received was FREE INDEED.
Remember, keep Christ in Christmas.
Please Share Your Christmas Gift Giving Strategies!
We want to hear from you. Are you planning to shop Friday? What’s your strategy? What deals have you found? Are you shopping in stores, online, or both? Do you make your own Christmas gifts? If so, please share with us your creations. We’d love to hear about your gifts “from the heart.”