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Tips to Have a Stress-Free Last Minute Shopping Trip  and Save Big!

Nearly 1 in 10 shoppers wait until the last minute to finish their holiday shopping.  With just a few shopping days left in the season, it's not too late to finally check everyone off your list. Kelly Denton of Eclectic Momsense has amazing tips to help you finish your shopping and hopefully save some money and sanity too!:

From researching sales ahead of time to tag-teaming with a friend, your last minute shopping trip can be very successful. All it takes is a little planning before you leave the door. There are lots of wonderful free apps out there to assist you in your shopping experience. Flipp, a location-based app, brings all the retail circulars in the Phoenix area right to your mobile device so you know what's on sale  and where! Santa's Bag allows you to set budget so you can stay on track as you shop those sales! Retail stores have also made it a little more convenient with extended shopping hours  and you can still nab great deals on gift cards for the pickier people in your life. If you still prefer online shopping, check retail websites for deals on expedited shipping! 

Whatever strategy you pick, last minute shopping doesn't have to be stressful. When you have a game plan and a few resources to help you stay on budget, you can get all your shopping done. For more tips and holiday gift ideas visit

Save big during after Christmas sales

The sales are bigger than ever after Christmas! In fact, Phoenix area families can snatch up some great deals if you know where to start. With a little bit of planning, you can bank big and save a lot of cash. Phoenix native Kelly Denton from Eclectic Momsense has tips and tricks to help you scoop up the best deals right now!

Retail stores are eager to push excess product out the door, so keep an eye out on big ticket items at reduced prices. One app that is great is Flipp.  It is a location-based app that brings all the local retail circulars to your mobile device so you can be sure you know where the best deals are!  

Plan ahead for next Christmas as the stores will be slashing prices on their holiday decorations. Now's the time to scoop up everything you need for next year! You'll save lots of money and be completely prepared when December 2016 rolls around. Also, don't dismiss returned merchandise either. Many stores will deeply discount open-box merchandise.  Someone else's return could very well be your best deal.  And for your own returns, don't forget your gift receipts so that you get credit for the paid price.
Lastly, don't wait too long to nab the good stuff! Items go on sale as early as the day after Christmas and you want to be sure have the most extensive selection. For more tips and ideas on how to make the most of post-holiday sales, visit

Buy Local last minute: For the People

For The People is a modern home and accessory store with a focus on great design. Our nimble and evolving aesthetic allows us to combine elements that are urban, hip, sophisticated, mid century, romantic, pop, retro and anything else that tickles our fancy into one authentic and stunning collection. Featuring brands such as Alessi, iittala, Finell, Tom Dixon, and beautiful works from talented local designers, For The People gives our customers visionary access to great lifestyle design products and an exciting venue to showcase talented artists' work. We believe in sharing our joy of quality and cool design with you while providing value and fantastic service that is friendly and informative. Come in or shop online, be inspired, smile, and take home a treasure!

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