5 ways to save during the holidays

With the fast approaching holiday season, families are looking for easy ways to stretch their dollar. On top of that, studies show that Canadians are actually spending more money on holiday gifts year-over-year*!

Now, more than ever, the second-hand economy is playing a crucial role in helping Canadian save, especially during the priciest time of year. Not only can you find everything on your shopping list for less than buying new, but you can do it without battling a single crowd or waiting for unpredictable shipping times!

Still not convinced? Here are a few of our favourite ways to save by buying second hand this season:

Hot gifts, cool prices: The top searches on Kijiji during gift buying season include iPhone, PS4, and guitars. It just so happens, that these trendy items, and other entertainment items like TVs are the second most-exchanged category in the second-hand economy. This means you can cross that tech-lover off your list without dropping a fortune, and never even enter a mall.

All ages, one stop: Have kids on your list? Usually that means needing to make multiple stops. But by shopping second hand, you not only save money, but you can save tons of time too. Kijiji boasts 17% of all toys, games and video games purchased in the second-hand economy, including the items kids want most like LEGO and gaming consoles.

Skip snooze on Sunday: Hot tip! Sundays are the most popular day for new listings and finding items during the holiday season. So grab a cup of coffee and settle in, you’re about to get all your shopping done.

Deck the halls: One thing that people sometimes forget during the holidays, is how expensive entertaining and décor can be – dollars that could be used towards spoiling the people you love! From wreaths and ornaments, to serving trays and deals on both real and artificial Christmas trees, you can create your dream holiday home by shopping used vs. brand new.

When in doubt, gift card: There’s always going to be someone on your list who either already has everything, or you’re not that close to. This is where the trusty gift card comes in. We bet you didn’t know that you could go through the second-hand economy for this too. From November to January, you can find upwards of 50,000 gift card listings in the second-hand economy – with the majority selling for much less than their value – and offering you mad savings!

The holiday season can be expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. With second-hand economy and a giving spirit, your holidays can be a lot more manageable and joyous.

 

 

*https://www.pwc.com/ca/en/retail-consumer/publications/502869-2018-holiday-outlook-canadian-insights.pdf

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