We all have been in the mall with children in tow, filling the shopping cart with everything in sight, the ultimate impulse buying nightmare that contributes to a holiday stressful shopping experience.
The holidays are all about giving, so what better way to teach the spirit of the season by giving each child a shopping budget for purchasing their siblings and relatives that special gift.
One of the thrills of being a kid is going to the toy store and running up and down the aisles looking at all the latest superheros, video games, and gadgets on offer. How to balance the in-store shopping experience with the ability to virtually shop online for the best bargains can be a juggling act for sure.
One simple solution this season is to strike a bargain, agreeing that your holiday shopping will be partially online this season, you can avoid those combative conversations in the busy shopping aisles of the local toy store. Have the kids make a wish list when in the shops for specific family members while being able to touch, feel, and try out items that are of interest to them. You can then go back to the comfort of your home and shop around at comparison sites and find the best bargains without the pressure of those awkward public “conversations”.
One great tip is to purchase prepaid store or debit cards for the kids. If you are giving each child a holiday budget of $100, this could easily be gone if 5 minutes in a traditional store and only half the gifts purchased. You can avoid the crowds and impulse buying by providing your children with a prepaid card for all their holiday shopping.
One of the advantages of an online shopping portal is items can be added to the cart while monitoring the total price of purchases. You can even help your kids online by adding items to their shopping cart for family members. If your kids have exceeded the budget with only a few purchases, it is easy to delete items from the cart and adding a less expensive gift until you strike the right balance while providing for everyone on their shopping list.
Not only does this teach an important lesson in financial budgeting and control, it also allows them to explore all the possibilities available and find some great deals along the way to stretch their shopping budget.
By starting early in a child’s formative years, you can have the benefit of finding that perfect gift establishing financial responsibility lessons, while remembering what the holiday experience is all about-the spirit of giving.
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