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Holiday Shopping for Dummies

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There are countless tips on where to shop and who has the best deals in town. But what about where to avoid because they are the worst places in town. Well, I have come to save the day.

First item on the list... Malls. Stay away! Its dangerous, there's never anywhere to park and you don't save any money. Malls are designed to trap you and make you walk around the entire establishment before buying ten things you don't need. Stores put signs in front of their doors that say 40% off today only", don't buy it, literally. They want you to just walk in and think "Ooooo 40% off", not because their items are actually on sale but because there are plenty of other things they can talk you into buying.

If you're girlfriend or boyfriend happens to drag you to Mall, don't be a Holiday grinch just try not to buy the first item you see. Nine times out of ten, next door has a better deal.

Next item on the list, avoid Walmart at all cost. Yes they might have "buy this phone get a $100 gift card", cheaper prices than target and are open for longer hours, but is it worth it? How is shopping at Walmart worth the anxious customers and angry workers because of the anxious customers? The longs lines, everything out of stock, everything on the floor, no customer service, that can't be fun. Now as a customer, you deserve customer service. You deserve room to walk and less stress, but here you wont get it, so avoid it.

After all of this, you're question might be well if I can't go to the shopping Malls or Walmart, then where can I go. Ok so the Beverly Center and the local Walmart aren't the only places with deals. There are venues like Melrose or the third street promenade that full-fill your shopping needs but are not as hectic. Outlets are effective also if you make it really early or very late, but even those can get a bit stressful.

If you want more for your bargain and want to do it from the comfort of your own home, online shopping is the way to go. The greatest thing about shopping online is free shipping. Not only do you miss the lines but you also get it delivered at no cost to you. Most establishments offer it and trust me, its worth it. For those who challenge this with "waiting for the package is a pain and what if my package gets lost". My answer to that is, patience is a virtue and how many times have you ordered something and it never made it. With UPS and FedEx's shipping and tracking services, you can alert the company it something doesn't look right. Its all about the timing. Order your gifts beforehand hand and receive them right on time. 90% of the department stores like Nordstrom have free no hassel returns, for those who ordered the wrong item.

Next time you don't feel like dealing with crazy, Starbucks drinking, hyper customers. Research another place to shop or do it right from home on your computer. You'll be happy you did.



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