black friday 2018 + christmas shopping on a budget

the most wonderful time of the year is almost upon us! thanksgiving truly snuck up on me this year, it’s so hard to fathom that it’s next week! but I know a lot of us are looking forward to black friday shopping, too. I didn’t start utilizing black friday deals until the last few years but I will tell you it is the best way to save on your christmas shopping! obviously there are too many black friday deals to count (let alone post!) so I am sharing items from my christmas list with you and where you can find the best deals!

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a lot of places I love to shop don’t necessarily post circulars so I wasn’t able to look ahead and include the fun stuff they might have going on, but blackfriday.com (which has become one of my favorite tools for finding sales!) will often times tell you what stores or brands have done in the past. everything is in one place – you can even search certain products and see if there are any current sales on it. it’s almost a little dangerous with how easy it is to find what you’re looking for! this post includes affiliate links, meaning, at no cost to you, I will earn commission if you click through and make a purchase.

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whenever I go black friday shopping, it’s pretty much always to shop for others, just because right now I have such a tight budget that the majority of my spending money goes towards christmas gifts. I love gift giving, it truly makes my heart happy. but I always have to make sure I don’t go too overboard because I would easily buy everything I found if I could! here are some of my tricks for christmas shopping on a budget.

look at the numbers. kind of obvious, but I use my budgeting template to get an idea of how much wiggle room I have when it comes to my finances and how much I can spend total on christmas. I really try and look at this as early as september or october – the more I can spread it out, the better! from there I figure out how much I can spend on each person.

shop deals! again, probably obvious, but I feel like we get so scared of the crowds that we overlook all the good deals that are out there lol some think that it’s not really worth the craze to save the money, but I personally am all about getting the best deals I can, especially if they’re things that I otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford to get someone. plus, we get kind of lucky that black friday tends to extend past just friday.

make it yourself! I used to be really into making handmade gifts, especially back in the days when I worked painfully part-time jobs and maybe had $50-100 to spend on everyone. or you could even go the partially homemade route – for example, one time my sisters and I found a heart string-art piece at hobby lobby with a border big enough to write some little notes on to give to our grandparents. here are some cute diy gifts you can do:

  • “52 reasons I love you” on a deck of cards
  • bath bombs (I tried multiple recipes and this one worked the best!)
  • sugar scrubs

happiest of holidays to you, sweet readers! I’m so excited about the posts I have coming up this season, so be sure to subscribe and follow me on my socials to keep up with the fun!

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