bargain hunter: shop early!

it’s the calm before the storm.  you know, that bit of time after halloween, before thanksgiving when stores are buzzing about the upcoming holiday sales, but no one’s really buying yet.  it’s here.  and it’s the perfect time to start your holiday shopping, if you haven’t already.  if you’re anything like me and you can’t take the crowds, looooong lines and just overall madness, then start shopping, like, now.  don’t get me wrong, there is a certain charm to shopping for your loved ones in a joyful atmosphere with decorations and music surrounding you while you browse perfumes for your mom.  but over the years, i’ve found that the sales after thanksgiving aren’t really that different from other sales throughout the year.  you just have to know where to look.

i’ve had my eye out for discount sites and great places to find unique stuff for cheap!  here are a few suggestions:

1. plastic jungle – get giftcards here at a discounted price.  i spotted a $100 giftcard to amc for the price of $84.  there are plenty of deals here and the shipping is free!

2. dealnews – alerts you to the best deals around the web (and sometimes in-store sales).  you’ll find electronics, books, clothes, jewelry, knick-knacks, whatever…it’s all here.

3. flea markets/thrift stores – people often think they need to go to the mall or big name department stores to find gifts.  it’s just not so.  i’m lucky enough to live near a really awesome and huge flea market that sells everything.  and i do mean everything.  i’ve even found mac makeup at half the normal price!

4. amazon deals page – they have new deals here everyday!  and i tend to keep an eye out for their magazines.  subscriptions make great gifts!

let me know if you have any suggestions of your own!

-jillian m.

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2 responses to “bargain hunter: shop early!”

  1. donna says:

    i also can't stand crowds or lines. that's why i find myself going shopping really early or taking a day off (or 2) to get things done. happy shopping.

  2. Janey R. says:

    for the crafty or creative types out there, you can also attempt to make some of your christmas gifts.. I made a couple of paintings for some of my friends & family last year & I really felt great about giving them a gift that really came from the heart. You don't have to be an expert, just have fun with it & go abstract! xoxo!

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