Stress Free Holiday Shopping Tips

November 26, 2011 by staff 

Stress Free Holiday Shopping Tips, This Thanksgiving, I’m thankful that I don’t have to join the throngs of shoppers waiting in the wee hours of the morning outside of Best Buy, Target, Kohl’s and other retail stores.

Call me Scrooge, but I hate shopping during the holiday season. I enjoy giving gifts to my family, friends and coworkers, but I hate the hot, crowded stores and long lines.

I especially dislike dealing with the frazzled nerves of other shoppers and store personnel. I speak from experience, of course. I spent one Christmas season during college working in retail. That was enough for me. It was not a pleasant experience.

A few years ago, I had to run out to a local superstore on a Sunday afternoon just days before Christmas. The store was jam packed, and it was difficult to get anywhere quickly. As I pushed my cart down an aisle in the grocery section, I accidentally bumped into a fellow shopper. I immediately told the woman I was sorry, to which she growled, “No, you’re not!” and walked away.

Ouch! Talk about crabby. I was sorry, but her response certainly gave me pause.

The Christmas season is a stressful time for lots of folks. I assume it was for that woman in the store. I know it is for me.

Friday marks the official beginning of the Christmas shopping season. If you’ve ever been out on Black Friday, you know it’s a chaotic scene. There are often crowds of people waiting for the doors to open so that they can rush in to be one of the few to claim the limited inventory on severely reduced-priced items.

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