The 2020 holiday shopping season is going to be a little different this year. With health and safety in mind, strolling a crowded mall may not be the best choice for holiday shopping. You may be surprised that with a little planning and thought, you can accomplish most of your shopping online from the comfort of home. Use these helpful hints and tips to help make the holiday shopping season safe and enjoyable.
Shop online, but don’t procrastinate
Online shopping has always been a great way to buy gifts even before the pandemic and it is still a great option. You can browse multiple retailers, comparison shop and seek out deals from your computer or mobile device. Most online retailers are anticipating extraordinary demand and are warning customers about long or delayed delivery windows during the holiday season. To ensure the items you want are available and delivered in time for the holidays, consumers are encouraged to shop early.
Opt for curbside or contactless pickup
Most major retailers and small businesses offer curbside or contactless pick up. This is very helpful if you need a gift quickly and don’t have time to wait for shipping. This option may also save shipping costs associated with online purchases. In most cases, you simply complete your order online and then select the option for curbside or contactless pickup. It is also a great way to help limit the amount of people you come in contact with.
Shop in off hours
While online shopping can be an easy option to avoid the crowds, you may prefer to visit your favorite retailers. When you venture out, consider going during off hours. Stores are often less crowded right when they open, before they close, or during traditional work hours on weekdays. Consider supporting small businesses, too. They are less crowded than big box stores and offer unique gift ideas. Remember to maintain social distancing protocols, wear a mask, and hand sanitize when entering and leaving the store.
For added in-store safety, contactless cards allow for easy check out without having to insert or slide a card or sign for the purchase. Just tap and go. Pacific Service Credit Union’s Visa Platinum Rewards card offers contactless technology and the added benefit of reward points. Apply today!
In short, holiday shopping can be enjoyable and safe at the same time. Remember to buy early when shopping online, purchase from stores that allow for curbside pickup, and visit retailers in off peak hours.