Whether you take part in Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, or quieter shopping days, keep these tips tucked in your back pocket to ensure you maximize the savings and minimize potential clutter after the shopping is done.

Make a list.

Before you hit the stores, list the items you need in your holiday binder, in your smart phone, or on a simple piece of note paper. The more specific your gift list, the better. Include the exact item, size and color, as well as store location.

Pin, plan and plot.

Review sale ads beforehand. If you’re on Pinterest, create a board devoted to sale ads, flyers and deal round-ups that you’re interested in. Once you know where to go for the deals you’re after, plot your course. Be sure to hit the stores with your most important items and best deals first.

Organize your coupons and gift cards.

Use your plan to organize your coupons and gift cards in the order you will use them. This will help you ensure you have all the coupons you need, and will make shopping a notch easier.

Coupon Organizer

Take stock.

Assess if you need items like wrapping paper and boxes. If you don’t, decline offers of these items while you’re shopping.

Pack for your trip.

Take along your reusable shopping bags to minimize clutter when you return home. And remember to charge your phone completely before you leave. You may need it for coupons and quick calls home to ask for advice.

Avoid potential clutter.

Avoid bringing future clutter home with you by sticking to your list. If you see something that isn’t on your list but feels like too good of a deal to pass up, remember that it’s only a deal if it’s something you need, something you know you will use and something you absolutely love. Ask yourself “Do I really need this? When will I use it? Do I really love it?”

What strategies do you use for holiday shopping? Do you brave the stores on Black Friday? I’d love to hear your tips and ideas in the comments. Thanks for sharing!

Happy Thanksgiving and happy holiday shopping!


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Aby Garvey is a creative organizing expert and simplify 101’s founder. She has created 14 online organizing classes, which she has been teaching since 2007, helping thousands of people around the world get organized. Aby loves to help people create positive change in their lives through her online classes and organizing eBooks.

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