When the holidays hit, I knew my wallet would be hit too. Between Thanksgiving, Christmas, my son’s birthday and his school festivities, I had a lot to do and a very small budget to work with. But I figured if Santa can have helpers, so can mom! Truth be told, one of my biggest holiday helpers has been my local Walmart. I’ve always been big on sharing my holiday deals, giveaways, and toddler birthday buys with you, so this year I’ve decided to share a few more holiday shopping tips and time savers, plus a Walmart gift card giveaway too!
Holiday Shopping Tip / Timesaver #1
When you are on a budget you always want to think ahead, so you can spend small amounts overtime as opposed to making big purchases at the last minute. My holiday season starts on November 18th (my son’s birthday). About three months prior I started picking up gifts and party supplies at Walmart like the ‘Spiderman and Sponge Bob’ gift bags for $1.97, the ‘Cars’ Wii Remote for $9.97, and his ‘Disney Car’s’ mini-cake for $5.98. Even before the holidays hit, I was able to save a lot with Walmart’s everyday low prices. And as you can see (photo above), buying alittle bit overtime allowed me to give ‘lil’ man a BIG bundle of gifts on his birthday without feeling like I broke the bank.
Holiday Shopping Tip / Timesaver #2
My mother taught me that buying on a budget does not mean you have to ‘buy cheap’ or your stuff has to ‘look cheap’. It’s all about getting the best quality for the best price and being creative. This year Chris’ birthday theme was Sonic and Super Mario. I cleverly topped his cake with a Sonic action figure and purchased ‘Sonic’ and ‘Mario’ graphic tees from the Walmart boys section. I’m big on themes, so I used the same concept for our holiday decorations (video above). Chris loves blue, so I purchased some of my beautiful ‘silver’ and ‘blue’ ornaments at Walmart for $4.97, along with holiday cards for $1, festive frames for $3.97, and garland for the fireplace for $2.97. I think picking color schemes and personal themes helps give you the look you want at the price you can afford!
Holiday Shopping Tip / Timesaver #3
If there is one thing that I recommend you do it is this: “Make a list and check it all the time.” A big part of enjoying the holidays with my family is taking note of those things that we all want and need. My son is long overdue for a bike, I need a new printer, and the house is in desperate need of more storage space. You can’t imagine how excited I was when Black Friday hit (photo above) and Walmart had everything that I needed. I got a bike for my boy for only $39 (usually priced at about $70+). I got a printer (my favorite brand hp) for $19. We found a nice faux leather storage bench for $29 (at the lowest I’ve seen these benches for $79). Throughout the holidays I update my gift list and keep my eye open for Walmart Holiday deals plus all ‘free shipping’ opportunities (online shopping is my 2nd helper).
If you are big on shopping around to get the best available price you should know that Walmart’s Christmas Price Guarantee will match any local competitor’s advertised price for the same product – even after the purchase. All season long, if you buy an item and find a lower advertised price, Walmart will refund the difference with a Walmart gift card.
Speaking of gift cards, I would like to gift you a $15 Walmart Gift Card. To enter this giveaway leave a comment below and share your holiday tips and/or family recipes with the BP blog community!
This is a promotional sponsored post, based on my personal holiday recommendations as a long-time Walmart shopper. Happy Holidays from my family to yours.