(BPT) - Dashing around online,
On a holiday shopping spree,
Over the budget we go,
With no time left for me.
The holidays can be the most wonderful time of the year - as well as the most overwhelming. From finding the perfect gift for that special person, to attending various parties or celebrating your favorite traditions, time always seems to move too fast. Fear not - you can be the ultimate holiday expert and take control with these four simple tips for saving time and money.
*Plan ahead to avoid holiday wallet blues. Determine your budget before you start shopping, and stick to it! Sounds simple, but when you are down to the 11th hour or have been browsing for hours, sometimes anything online will do. Avoid the last minute splurge by writing down an overall budget and making a list of all of the family and friends you intend to shop for.
*Get coupons without the clipping.Cortana, your very own personal digital assistant on Windows 10, can help you find the best deals at 100 retailers. Shop online using the Microsoft Edge browser, and when you visit retailer sites like Staples, Macy's or Best Buy, Cortana will alert you when coupons are available for additional discounts without leaving the site! Visit Microsoft.com to download Windows 10 now and start saving time and money with Cortana.
*The late bird gets…free shipping. Procrastinators and free shipping lovers rejoice, there is an official day in your honor: Friday, Dec. 18 is Free Shipping Day. If you're in a last minute bind, or perhaps snowed in with cocoa, you can find a list of participating retailers and deals at 12:01 a.m. EST on Friday, Dec. 18 at freeshipping.com. Another bonus, they promise to deliver your gifts before Christmas day. Check out Bing's daily roundup of trending gift ideas for inspiration if you're still not sure what to get your loved ones.
*Spend time, not money. If you are on a budget but still want to spread holiday cheer, host a holiday DIY-themed party. Consider throwing a holiday cookie or ornament decorating party to spend quality time with loved ones and ensure they do not leave empty handed! Not only is this a memorable experience that gets everyone in the holiday spirit, but it's a low cost idea that gives everyone a creative outlet during the busy holiday season.
Although we can't take care of those crazy in-laws for you, these easy-to-follow tips and tricks can take the stress out of the holidays by saving you time and money. Therefore, you will be free to spend that extra time with friends and family, or enjoy a little quiet time for you.