Last year people spent on average $1,000 per child for the holidays. Heed these tips to avoid out of control spending:
JoinHoney.com: On your iPad, desktop or laptop click www.JoinHoney.com and add the extension. This extension (not for phones) automatically searches for the best price and attaches coupons, often cheaper than Amazon when you are checking out!
Make a budget: Budget X dollars per person and keep the list with you while shopping.
Points, Points, Points Credit cards, Verizon, AAR, and many other companies offer points to discount prices.
Buy Toys early others late: Statistics show prices are best on Toys early so buy those first and wait on other goods and services.
Search out Free Shipping: This can add up over multiple purchases.
Secret Santa: For Christmas celebrants consider a “secret Santa” where each person is assigned 1 person to buy for instead of buying for everyone. Set a price max and watch your stress levels go down. My family adopted this strategy years ago after my Mother calculated she was buying 80% of all family gifts.