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Holiday Gift Giving: Survival of the Thriftest

The age-old tradition of gift giving is synonymous with the holiday season.  Everyone loves the warm fuzzies they get when they find that perfect present for their friend, spouse or kid.  Opening a really great gift from someone you like a lot is fantastic too.  All that said, gift giving can also mean overspending.  So what's a Bargainista to do?  Give yourself a gift and follow these simple tips to keep your holiday budget in check:

- Keep it real.  It's easy to get sucked into the hype of all the latest and greatest must-haves, but we know you're smarter than that.  Remember, it's the thought that counts.  The reason we treasure the holiday season is the chance to make special memories with the people in our life, not the things.  In fact, a sentimental, hand-written letter would be more valuable than any shiny gadget.

- Make a list and check it twice.  Just as you would to prepare for grocery shopping, a well-planned list is essential to successful and budget-friendly gift shopping.  Write down everyone you plan to buy a gift for, no matter how small the gift may be.  Those small gifts can add up to a lot.  Then write ideas of what to give each person, along with the maximum amount you are willing to spend on each gift.


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- Shop the homemade department first.  Take inventory of your skills and then put them to work to create meaningful gifts.  Great gourmand?  Why not deliver a home-cooked meal to your friends?  Savvy seamstress?  Kids adore personalized pillowcases.  Budding baker?  Your neighbors will love a plate of yummy cookies.

- Stockpile for savings.  When you find a great deal on a gift item, go ahead and buy a few for last-minute gifting.  Like a box of Trefin Belgian Chocolate Seashells for $2.99 (save up to $4) or Cozy Socks for $1.99 (save up to $3) and other great deals available at Grocery Outlet stores now.

Bottom line, do whatever it takes to stick to your holiday budget.  So you don't find yourself paying off your holiday spending come March.  You can do it, Bargainistas!

Happy Holideals from all of us at Grocery Outlet!

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