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Holiday Hassle

A Student’s Guide for Stress-Free Shopping Post-Christmas
When the ball drops in Times Square, it’s like saying bye to Christmas shopping chaos and hello to a breather, right? Not so fast. Right after Christmas, stores go full-on Cupid mode, stocking up on Valentine’s Day goodies like candy boxes and roses faster than you can say “New Year.”

I hit up my local Walmart during Christmas Break, thinking I’d find some leftover holiday stuff. Nope. It was all Valentine’s and St. Patrick’s Day gear. Talk about a quick switch!

Now, not only do we have this post-Christmas shopping hangover, but we also gotta snag Valentine’s groceries early before they vanish. And let’s be real, that means having some cash stashed away. But guess what? The shopping rollercoaster isn’t done – Easter decor is peeking around the corner. More holidays mean more shopping stress.

But hey, there are tricks to tackle the shopping madness. First up, make a list before hitting the stores. Walking in without a plan? Not a good move. Then, figure out how much cash you can drop and stick to it. If you’re balling on a budget, hit up local shops – sometimes they’re cheaper and support the community.

It’s also important to be mindful of the busiest shopping times. Avoid going to stores on weekends or during weekday lunch hours, as they tend to be the busiest times. Instead, consider shopping during off-peak hours or looking for holiday stores that sell unique, handmade items and are less likely to be crowded.

Holiday shopping doesn’t have to be stressful. With all of these things in mind, holiday shopping will be less overwhelming for those finding gifts for loved ones and be easier on your wallet.


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Brylea Borbonus
Brylea Borbonus, Staff Writer
Brylea is a Junior and first-year writer for the Station. She helps her father with farm work such as mowing and raking fields and moving bales from areas to the farm. She is a two-year member of her church's bell choir and a one-year Deacons member. When she isn't working or at church, she is helping her family or listening to music. She loves watching Marvel and Star Wars movies, listens to Faun and country music, and helping set up Sunday dinner at her grandma's.

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