Listen my fellow Americans, I feel your pain.
I know the economy stinks, but I’m driving to work today and just heard on the radio that sales are so bad, people are pulling unworn items out of their own closets and attempting to return them to stores for merchandise credits. Seriously, I know times are tough but how low can you go? And I'm not talking limbo.
Let me suggest an alternative to this year's holiday shopping dilemma…
Open up an Excel spreadsheet (or grab a notepad if computer literacy isn't your strong suit), title your list Holiday Shopping STRATEGY. Create columns based on all of your shopping giftees (i.e. Co-workers, Family, Friends, Teachers, Service help, Pets, Crazy Next Door Neighbor, etc).
Divide columns into Must Buy, Bought Last Year (but not sure this year), and Send Only a Card. Add estimated dollars willing to spend per person and the type of gift you want for each giftee (i.e. food baskets, electronics, jewelry, clothing, sports equipment, memory keepsake, etc).
Take that list, check it twice, then head to to Catalogs.com and search for companies willing to offer special deals (there are a TON of amazing deals out right now for holiday shopping). Place your order and pat yourself on your back for knowing that you stuck within a given budget, saved with the best deals by doing minimum research and best of all... you never left your comfy home. Oh yeah, and you finished EARLY.
Here are a few of my favorite Catalogs.com deals and special offers:
Moolka.com - Get 10% Off! Enter promotion code [catalog0308] at checkout.
Eddie Bauer - 20% Off! Enter Promotion Code [HRESCATR8] at checkout.
Music Box Attic - 10% Off all orders, plus Free Shipping! Enter [PERCENT10] in the promotion code box at checkout.
David's Cookies - Get 10% Off all orders by entering Coupon Code [CATALOGS10A] at checkout.
Met Kids - Save $10 on any order of $50 or more with promotion code [P902] at checkout.
Netflix - Try Netflix for FREE! Find details on website.
Barrons Catalog - 10% Off your first order! Enter code [CTGCM] in the coupon code box during checkout.
Bigelow Tea - Get $5 Off orders of $50 and up! Enter code [CT10] into the coupon code box at checkout.
Fannie May Confections - Get a 15% discount with purchase of $30 or more with promotional code  during checkout.
Windsor Vineyards - Receive 15% Off your order! Enter Saving Code [CATALOG2] in Promotional Code field at checkout.
Garden Botanika - Free Deluxe sample with $45 order PLUS Free shipping with $55 order! Enter code [CAT8CR] at checkout.
Superior Nut Company - Get 10% OFF all orders by entering Coupon Code [Catalog08] at checkout PLUS Free Shipping on all orders of $150 or more.
Fragrance.Net - 10% OFF your order of $60 or more + Free Shipping! Enter code [CATALOGS] at checkout when you visit FragranceNet.com through Catalogs.com.
Let the fun and savings begin!