Years ago, one of your New Year’s resolutions was probably to never again leave it till the last minute to stock up with groceries for the Christmas dinner – specially when your judgemental aunt was on the guest list. You also probably swore you would not be forced into buying unsuitable gifts, because there was no choice left when you finally set about buying them. Baxton Property Management in Hobart suggests that there’s still time to try to do better this year.
You know you’ve tried
Perhaps you even got it right last year – almost. You drew up the shopping and gift lists a good few weeks earlier. But the paper you used for Christmas dinner ingredients was more than slightly yellowed, and the gift list was ruined by coffee stains from using it as a coaster before you actually hit the shops. Reading them was difficult, but it didn’t matter, because the shops were full of people and empty of stock.
So what about this year? Take comfort in knowing you aren’t alone. The stock levels were probably low because others who left it to the second last minute were packing the last goodies into the car as you arrived. There wouldn’t be crowds if there weren’t plenty of other people leaving their shopping as late as possible And you still have a few weeks to beat the deadline this year.
What’s waiting for you out there?
Visitors from the mainland, used to the masses that flood stores in the bigger Australian cities, claim the festive crowds aren’t that bad in Hobart. To a local Tassie, the Hobart Christmas crowds probably still seem huge. On the flip side, out of town visitors aren’t used to having some businesses and shops close completely, or maintain early closing hours, over the festive season, and on public holidays. In knowing this happens there, Tassies are better able to plan their shopping.
Do you get a kick out of last-minute shopping?
Psychologists say many last-minute shoppers do everything else at the last minute, too. They are procrastinators who only get truly focussed when the deadline is right on top of them, and enjoy meeting the added challenge of time. Others, they claim, get a kick out of battling through crowds and snapping up the last items off the shelves as if they were prizes in a treasure hunt. But for many of us, it simply happens in the holiday season. Time passes while we’re having fun, or as we’re rushing to complete everything at work so that we can have fun.
Ways to Avert Shopping Anxiety
Shop or Price-check online: You can even get treats (unfortunately turkeys aren’t included) for your festive table online, as well as gifts. An added bonus is that many online retailers offer special deals closer to Christmas. Just remember that there are delivery deadlines and unexpected delays, so even online shopping requires a bit of planning. If that doesn’t work for you, some online stores have a pickup option. You can also check for the best price and outlet for offline shopping before switching off your computer and leaving the rental property.
Boxing clever: Take advantage of Boxing Day Sales. If you can’t find the item you were looking for in time to get it wrapped and under the tree, give a card instead. Make one that promises delivery the day after Christmas and spread the festive cheer a day longer. You can save money in the sales at some of Hobart’s major department stores on Boxing Day, and perhaps buy a bigger gift instead.
Avoid the big stores: Give a miss to the major stores and frequent the markets Hobart is known for, to buy really special gifts and some of those elusive groceries for Christmas dinner. Or go to the small shops close to home, so you don’t have to battle with traffic and parking, both of which can kill the festive spirit in even the strongest of last-minuters.
Get creative: You still have a bit of time to whip up some baked goods or make something pretty as gifts. You can start preparing puddings and fruit mince pies if you want those for the Christmas table, and should still be able to stock up on ingredients, while avoiding the busy areas.
Remember you are probably still ahead of schedule compared to other years, if you act now. Through a century of collective experience in property management, Baxton in Hobart has learnt a lot about managing time, as well as running properties for rental owners. To find out more about the services it provides, contact Baxton online.
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