5 secrets to stress-free holiday shopping

The holidays are fast approaching, and while they’re meant to be a time to enjoy with your loved ones, they also carry the stress of a growing to-do list, heavier traffic, and unbearable crowds. Getting your Christmas shopping done in time for the parties and reunions can be a draining affair and take away the joy of the season.

But getting ready for the festivities need not be a source of tension and anxiety. Mastercard, the card of choice for all your lifestyle pursuits, is partnering once more with The SM Store to give you the gift of a more rewarding shopping experience with these five easy-to-follow tips and tricks.

Know who you’re buying for. Make that list and check it twice. Did you forget any of your nieces or nephews? Are you getting a token for your landlord this year? Figure out who you want to give gifts to so you can track how many items you’re buying and prepare your budget accordingly.

Know what you’re looking for. Try to remember if Dad dropped any hints about what he’d like to receive this year, and start tracking down that dress your girlfriend said was cute. Decide what you’re giving to whom before you head to the store to save time and energy. When shopping for a large group like your co-workers or your kids’ classmates, you may want to buy several pieces of the same item that everyone will appreciate so you don’t have to think too hard about getting personalized presents.

Know where to shop. The best places for buying gifts are one-stop shops where you can cross every item off your list in one go. The SM Store carries a wide variety of clothing and accessory lines, beauty products, baby and kids’ items, and home and office pieces that your giftees will surely enjoy.

Know when to shop. Tackling your gift list a week before Christmas is like trying to run a full marathon without any training: it’s nearly impossible. Start early so you can carve out enough time in your schedule to buy presents and bypass the stampede of last-minute shoppers.

Know how to score the best deals. Using your Mastercard paying is not only more secure and convenient, it also gives you the chance to splurge a little more on your family, your friends, and yourself with the P100,000 Shopping Spree promo. Shop at The SM Store with your credit, debit, or prepaid Mastercard and you could be one of over 100 lucky winners nationwide of P100,000 worth of SM Gift Cards.

Until Dec. 31, every P3,000 single-receipt straight and installment transaction from The SM Store with your credit, debit, or prepaid Mastercard earns you one entry to the raffle, while presenting your SM Advantage Card, Prestige Card, MOM Card, SSI, Primo, or Love Your Body Card gives you double entries for a higher chance of winning. Purchases of cell cards, phone cards, SM gift cheques, or concert tickets at the Customer Service Counter are not entitled to a raffle entry.

The winners will be chosen on Nov. 10 and Jan. 5, 2018.

Topics: Christmas Shopping , SM Store
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