Today I was thinking about any gifts that I have to shop for still where normally I would have had it done awhile ago. However, I just happened to have a busier schedule this season. Therefore, I was planning my trip to get all of my shopping done in one day. I usually don’t like this as money and the best deals usually take a back seat to simply finding the item.
However, one way I avoid spending more than I normally would nowadays is I simply try and find everything from stores that give me an in-store pickup option. That way, I can pretty much get the best prices ahead of time while ensuring that I can get everything the same day. Window shopping is out of the question for me personally. For extra insurance, keep in mind that most big box stores have a price protection guarantee where it might be worthwhile to have that option to reduce the price further if you find a better deal.