By Courtney Mata |Staff Writer|
Sales! They are everywhere this holiday season, but where do you really save a buck?
We all know that Black Friday is around the corner, that crazy intense day where everyone loses their sanity and rushes into department stores with a credit card in hand.
Well, it doesn’t have to be that way. Many stores have an online site where you can begin Black Friday shopping early.
Amazon have been sending out e-mails reminding their customers to shop for Black Friday sales online. I know this because I have an Amazon account and I have been receiving friendly reminders on Black Friday sales.
If Black Friday shopping is not your first choice to shop for the holiday gifts, then keep your eyes out for coupons or homemade ideas.
If you’re shopping on a budget, there are many more affordable gifts you can purchase.
This may not be for everyone, but I suggest handmade presents.
If you’re shopping for your boyfriend or girlfriend, you can make them a memorable scrapbook for little cost.
There are many stores you can shop at to make these gifts like Michael’s or Joann’s.
I suggest signing up for Joann’s, because after signing up you get 20 percent off your next purchase.
Joann’s is a craft store that sells fabrics and materials for crafts. I suggest making a tie blanket from fleece fabric.
This gift runs from $20 to $30 and with a 20 percent coupon, you are looking at some good savings!
Joann’s has frames for a little less than $2 and you can decorate the frame and put in a nice photo.
If shopping for your mom or dad, you could also use the same approach and make a cute homemade frame with a picture of your family.
Student Esdgar Martinez takes advantage of his work discount at Auto Zone and gets 20 percent off because he is an employee.
“Having an employee discount is convenient, because I can use my discount for presents. I mean it’s always nice having a set of tools around the house,” said Martinez.
And for the ladies in your life, many department stores are having pre-sales on popular items.
Ulta is already selling some of their leading style products for cheap, like their CHI hair straighteners are $20 less than original price.
If you’re willing to fight through the Black Friday sales, you are brave! But your holiday money spending should not be such a headache.
I suggest making a nice homemade present for your loved ones, because it is heartfelt, inexpensive and less stressful. I know I probably will this year.
Enjoy the holidays, don’t dread them!