Some of us dread this time of year with the stress of purchasing gifts, stocking up on food and either heading out of town or having loved ones stay with us over the holidays. Being able to capitalize on small moments around the holidays – even if it’s just a couple minutes here and there to sit down and enjoy a coffee amid the hustle and bustle – makes a big difference.
In North America, on average, about 15 hours are spent holiday shopping. In fact, 65% of Canadians plan to shop online this year, citing the benefit of online shopping is that it’s quick and efficient. That's why I'm bringing you a few holiday shopping time hacks so you can enjoy a little more Christmas cheer and a little less holiday shopping.
Holiday Shopping Time Hacks with Masterpass
Make a list, check it twice
Shopping online can add up quickly so making a list before you log into your favorite shopping sites is a must. Write down everyone you plan to buy a gift for along with your own gift ideas for each person and a corresponding budget. Don’t forget to include everyone on the list, even those who will receive small gifts like neighbours.
There’s nothing more hectic than never-ending wait lines, crashing websites, and needing to visit multiple stores just to find your favourite product in the right colour or size. Avoid the stress of last minute shopping by getting ahead of peak shopping season and start.
Schedule a time
Setting aside specific windows of time to get your holiday shopping done rather than doing bits and pieces here and there will ensure you can check off your list quickly and stay on track.
Avoid last minute shopping
I'll admit it, I'm a last minute shopper. Every year. You think I would have learned by now. Inevitably, consumers can find themselves completing their holiday shopping right down to the wire. There’s nothing more hectic than never-ending wait lines, crashing websites, and searching multiple vendors to find your favourite product in the right colour or size. Avoid the stress of last minute shopping and make sure you stick to the time you’ve scheduled for yourself in advance.
Take advantage of digital wallets like Masterpass
Having to type in your card number and shipping address at checkout every time slows you down – especially if you’re doing the majority of shopping online. Masterpass is a simple, secure way to pay online using any debit or credit card (from any institution) on any device (desktop, tablet and mobile) without having to input your details every single time. It’s literally like skipping the line at the checkout – and who doesn’t want that?
Although wrapping presents is something many look forward to, not everyone feels the same. If you don’t think you have the golden touch when it comes to wrapping, save yourself the sweat (and tears) by looking for a professional wrapping service or kind neighbor/friend who can help you get the job done in a fraction of the time.
I hope these holiday shopping time hacks save you a little time, money and allow you to enjoy the holiday season surrounded by loved ones.
I've partnered with Masterpass to bring you these time saving hacks.