Holiday shopping is a huge source of stress for an awful lot of people. Everyone wants to get the best gifts for their loved ones, but nobody wants to spend a ton of time or money. In order to shop smart and enjoy stress-free holidays, there’s a few things you should know before you start hitting the stores.
How to Make the Most of Your Holiday Shopping Experience
Know Where to Go
If you’re a Long Island resident, you’re fortunate to be in one of the best places for holiday shopping. Between the island and New York City, there are countless places to shop. Long Island is home to plenty of malls, all of which are full of stores for great holiday gifts. We recommend checking out the deals at the Roosevelt Field Mall, the Tanger Outlets at Deer Park and the Walt Whitman Mall. As for the city, there are shopping destinations everywhere you look. The largest Macy’s and Toys ‘R’ Us stores in the world are both only a few short blocks from Penn Station.
Use Your Smartphone to Shop Smart
With phone apps, smart holiday shopping has become super easy. Here are some apps, available for both Androids and iPhones, that automate all of the frustrating, tedious parts of holiday shopping:
- SnipSnap: This app lets users take photos of their coupons and store them so they’re readily available come checkout time. They also host a database that currently has over one million coupons ready for you to use.
- RetailMeNot: If a huge database of coupon codes and sale information for a huge range of retailers sounds like it would make holiday shopping easier for you, definitely check out this app.
- Pounce: Say you’re looking through a magazine and you see something you want. With Pounce, all you have to do is take a picture of it with your phone, wait for the app to analyze it and press buy. Just like that, you’ve made your purchase within seconds.
One of the most helpful things to make your life easier when shopping for the holidays is to plan in advance as early as possible. The best time to start saving and budgeting is right now. If you save up a bit of money and set a realistic holiday budget, you won’t have any surprises on your bank statement. Also, the longer you wait to run to the store, the more stressful holiday shopping will be for you. When you wait until the last minute, lines get longer and stores’ inventories get smaller.
When you’re preparing to do your holiday shopping on Long Island this year, keep these tips in mind. If you’d like to forget the stress of finding parking at crowded malls and stores, give your local All Island dispatcher a call or make a reservation online.