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5 budgeting tips for holiday shopping

How to budget for Christmas shopping
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Tip: Use browser extension to make sure you get the sweetest deal while doing your holiday shopping online this season.

3. Shopping at brick-and-mortar stores? Browse online first.

Want to sniff that perfume or squeeze those fuzzy socks before you buy? Before heading to the store, use a trick known as "webrooming" — that is, going online to check product reviews, compare prices, and learn about upcoming sales before buying at a brick-and-mortar store. Be aware, though, that some retailers may offer lower prices online than in the store. In that case, consider buying online and choosing free in-store pickup.

4. Reward yourself with bigger holiday savings.

Credit card rewards can help you save big this season. So check to see if you have unused rewards on any open credit card accounts. If you do, figure out which options are available to you for using them. If there are multiple options, spend some time calculating which option gives you the best value — converting points to cash, redeeming them for gift cards, or using them to purchase merchandise you can give as gifts. Second, use a cash-back credit card for your shopping to get an extra percentage back on all of your purchases. If you spend $1,000 on a card that gives three percent back, you save $30.

5. Use cards with your best interest in mind.

Wise credit card use is key to avoiding holiday debt. An analysis by Nerdwallet's 2020 Holiday Shopping Report3 found that close to 40 million Americans were still paying off credit card debt from the 2019 holiday season in September 2020. You don't want to be one of them. 

If you won't be able to pay off your card in full when you get the bill, consider applying for a credit card that comes with a zero percent interest introductory offer. Then calculate how much you can reasonably charge and still pay off your balance before interest payments kick in.

Use these tips to celebrate the holidays without spending beyond your means. And if you'd like to get more information on how to budget or use your credit or debit cards, stop by a local branch or give us a call at 1-888-SYNOVUS (1-888-796-6887). We're happy to help this season or any time.

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  1. National Retail Federation, "Consumers Prioritize Spending on Family, Friends Ahead of Holiday Season," published October 21, 2020, accessed October 22, 2020. Back
  2. Amy Livingston, "11 Best Browser Extensions to Save Money While Shopping Online," Moneycrashers, accessed October 22, 2020. Back
  3. Erin El Issa, "2020 Consumer Holiday Shopping Report," NerdWallet, published October 22, 2020, accessed October 22, 2020. Back