Fraudsters don’t take vacations for the holidays. In fact, they only have happy holidays if they are successful in ruining yours! There are three important steps in preventing holiday fraud – let’s call them Ho Ho Ho:
The first thing I do when I’m thinking about buying someone a gift is think about what gifts have meant the most to me in my life. While this might seem selfish, the idea isn’t as simplistic as “oh, I loved that cup I got that one time, and so I should get this person a cup,” the point is to think about what are the qualities of the gift that made it stand out. What about that particular Christmas gift in High School makes me still think about it, what about that moment has stuck, and why. Then, as best as I can, I try and shop with those qualities and values in mind when I think about gift giving with others.
Did you know many retailers offer better prices on things on their websites than they do in their stores? It’s true. It’s also a way you can save a lot of money.
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