Here is the information and links I discuss in the 5:30 news segment on 12/17 about saving money on last minute gifts and holiday tipping.
Last Minute Gifts
Coupons, coupons, coupons!
Group buying sites offer daily coupons for ½ off retail – all over the country!
Restaurants, massages, hairdressers, gift baskets and more!
Michael’s & Five Below
Completed craft projects for $5
(serve a dual purpose: entertain kids and become a gift)
New craft kits as gifts
Picture frame from craft store or big box store for $5 and picture printed out photo kiosk
Gift card bonus deals
Buy a gift card and get another for free - see the list of options at the link above.
Online shopping: Amazon and Walmart are running some great sales – just make sure you can get them on time. Check out all the online and in-store coupons from YourRetailHelper.com at the link in the box above.
In-store deals: checkout those sale flyers and compare – this is a big weekend for sales including $1 Performance Fleece scarves at Old Navy on Saturday, limit 5.
Decide on your budget
How much do you have to spend total
Consider baked goods or handmade items if budget is too tight this year
Make your tip list
Newspaper delivery person
Postal carrier – no cash
How much to tip
For self-employed providers (hairdresser, babysitter): Value of one session
For others: $15 - $25 or combination of a gift and check/gift card
For more information on holiday tipping from an article I wrote earlier in the week, click the link above.