Shopping is inevitable as the year draws to a close and Christmas trees are set up, patiently waiting for their feet to be covered in gifts.
That means we'll be out shopping in full force. Apart from watching out for trolley rage, and parking lot rage, there is much you can do to preserve your sanity and minimise the pain of the pre-Christmas shopping mall experience.
Leave the kids at home/or with a babysitter. Nagging screaming kids in tow might tip you over the edge.
Go as early as you can in the morning, or half an hour before closing time late in the evening.
Find a stand-alone store where there is parking. Do most of your shopping there.
Decide on a budget and stick to it.
Bargain books or gift vouchers are painless for you and always appreciated.
Be creative and make presents – we all need to save money this year.
Delegate some of the shopping if possible.
Whatever you do, don't hang around until you can feel a panic attack coming on.
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