4 ways to save time and money this holiday season

(BPT) - The holidays are rapidly approaching, and with it the excitement — and stress — of shopping and planning for family get-togethers. Wouldn’t it be great if you could save time and money on all the shopping and planning that goes into creating a fun holiday season? Fortunately, if you make a plan, and a few strategic shopping choices like checking out the deals at BJ's Wholesale Club, you can ensure your holiday shopping and festivities go smoothly.

1. Make a list, check it twice

Take a moment to sit down with your calendar and notebook to create a schedule and list of friends and loved ones you want to shop for this year.

  • Use a gifting list — Create a checklist for family members and friends you plan to shop for, brainstorming gift ideas, along with a budget. Check it often to mark items already purchased, so you won't overbuy.

  • Keep a schedule — Note occasions you plan to host, sketching out the menu and grocery shopping list for those events ahead of time. Don’t forget to mark down events you’ve been invited to or traditional family events that you know will be part of your schedule.

2. Save time with one-stop shopping

When you review your gift list, grocery list and any extra items you want like holiday decorations, review your favorite shopping spots, but also do some research to see what other locations may offer the best bang for your buck — not just in terms of savings, but also convenience. Where can you most easily consolidate shopping trips and online orders?

One great example is BJ’s Wholesale Club, where members can shop for everything they need to enjoy the holidays, including fresh food and beverages for holiday hosting, a huge toy selection, apparel, the latest in tech, a large assortment of seasonal home décor and much more. BJ’s also carries a variety of other great gifting options ranging from popular electronics, video games and instruments, to gift baskets and chocolates — even gifts your pets will love! With thousands of items to choose from, BJ’s is a one-stop holiday shop, so less time can be spent shopping and more time can be spent with family.

BJ’s also offers convenient shopping options like in-club shopping, same-day delivery, curbside pickup, in-club pickup and ship-to-home, so members can shop their way during the holidays. Members can also shop on BJs.com or the BJ’s app for even more convenience.

If you choose to shop curbside pickup, start shopping on either BJs.com or the BJ’s app, place your order and once you’re notified the order is ready for pick-up, park in one of the designated curbside parking spaces at your local club and check in on the BJ’s app to notify the club of your arrival. A team member will bring your order out, loading it in your vehicle for contactless service — helping you avoid last-minute impulse purchases that can break your budget.

3. Get it delivered

What’s even more convenient? Having items delivered to your home, of course. Make sure the stores where you shop provide services like shipping and delivery, to save you tons of time at the busiest season of the year.

With BJ's same-day delivery, for example, members can get groceries delivered right to their door in as little as two hours, making meal prep and party planning easier than ever. Plus, at BJ’s, members save 25% off grocery store prices. Members can enjoy the convenience of shopping for fresh deli, produce and bakery goods as well as everything they need to keep their house neat and tidy in time for holiday get-togethers. You can even have fresh meats cut to your specifications and repackaged, at no charge.

4. Look at overall value

Comparing prices helps you know you're getting the best possible value. Choose a couple of staples you regularly buy, plus one or two more expensive items, and do a quick price comparison online to determine where the best values are. Factor in convenience as well, when you’re deciding where you want to do most of your shopping.

You may be surprised at the unbeatable value BJ’s offers on items you need for your weekly grocery shopping, with incredibly low prices on everything you need to stock your fridge and pantry ahead of the holidays. With BJ’s exclusive brands, Wellsley Farms and Berkley Jensen, members can save even more on family essentials without sacrificing quality. From a large selection of exclusive Wellsley Farms fresh items as well as a nice assortment of natural and organic foods to exclusive Berkley Jensen paper goods, diapers and wipes, health and wellness products and more, shopping BJ’s own brands provides families real savings, especially over the holidays.

Once you’re a BJ's member, you can use the BJ’s app for even more savings with digital coupons. BJ’s members can also use a mix of manufacturers coupons, BJ’s exclusive coupons and personalized offers from BJ’s to get even more value during their shopping trips.

Whether choosing to shop from the couch or in-club, BJ’s members can enjoy the treasure hunt experience with limited time offers and incredible holiday deals, however they like this year.

Plus, BJ’s is offering members a flexible and convenient way to finance holiday purchases over $99 with its buy now, pay later payment option. The buy now, pay later option is available for purchases made on BJs.com for delivery and with in-club pickup and curbside pickup. Members can also use the flexible payment option while shopping in-club with the BJ’s app.

Interested in becoming a BJ’s member? Visit BJs.com to learn more and find a location near you.