Read the flyers
I’m amazed at the newspaper to flyer ratio this time of year. Seems everyone, and I mean everyone, is getting a jump on the Christmas sales. Of the publications dropped off at my house, 60% is flyer, 40% is news.
I am, by no means, an extreme couponer and I won’t drive all over town to save a few pennies but I do like a good deal. And there are many to be had if you’re prepared to do a bit of research like reading the flyers.
It’s also a great way to get a jump on the small things that you need at Christmas for stuffing stockings or welcoming visitors. Toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, shampoo, little things you don’t need to rush out for at the last minute. It’s also good for hostess and teacher gifts, if you’re into that sort of thing. A little something to say thanks for going the extra mile. These miscellaneous expenses can put a dent in your Christmas budget so if you see a deal that works and you can afford an extra $20 or $40 in your budget, start a little stash of things you might need come December. Then dig out your extra wrapping paper (I bet you have your fair share, I certainly do) and you have a simple, inexpensive way to let the people you appreciate know that you appreciate them.