MANILA, Philippines — Are you cringing with the thought that your budget might not suffice for all the Christmas gifts you need to buy?


You don't actually have to worry that much. There are many ways you can stick to your budget and save money on your Christmas shopping. Here are a few hacks to pull:


1. Know specifically what to buy.
When you resort to last-minute shopping, you’re more likely to make impulsive and forgettable purchases. Unfortunately, this can make you go beyond your budget. So, know what to buy and create a detailed Christmas shopping list. Identify who you want to give your gifts to and know how much you’re willing to spend. You’ll be a more efficient shopper this way.


You can also list down alternative gifts in case you’re unable to find matches for your original ideas.


2. Check your favorite brands’ social media pages.
A lot of brands like Toby’s Sports, Victorinox, Filigrenasia, Samsung, Skechers and Kipling announce special promos and exclusive deals on their official social media pages.


To save money on your holiday shopping and snag really great buys, check out your favorite brands’ Facebook or Instagram first to discover discounts before heading to their stores. You can plan your spending and even your shopping schedule better if you do.


3. Catch Christmas sales.
If ever you’re left with no choice but to shop gifts close to Christmas Day, don’t panic. You can still find good deals as malls and other shopping centers continue to offer attractive Christmas promos until the end of December. Take advantage of these promos so you can still keep your budget despite the rush.


However, be careful not to overspend. Items on sale are very tempting, but just because they’re affordable doesn’t mean it’s reasonable to buy more. Stick to your list, your budget and prioritize the planned purchases over the ones that just caught your eye.


4. Take advantage of loyalty cards.
Do you have loyalty cards from your favorite retail stores and malls? If you don’t have one yet, you’re missing out on so many exciting perks and discounts they offer that can help you stretch your Christmas shopping budget.


SM Supermalls has just made shopping more exciting for their cardholders. Everyone who owns an SM Advantage, SM Prestige, BDO Rewards or ePlus card can now avail of special deals from various brands like Sperry, Technomarine, Sky Ranch, Belo Medical, Dermcare, Sony, Izod, Crossfit MNL, David’s Salon and many more.


By just following the Yellow Dots at SM Supermalls and showing your card to select stores, you can enjoy exclusive discounts and exciting perks. Visit SM Advantage to learn more or follow them on Facebook.