It’s a goal for millions and millions of families each and every year – keep the Christmas spending within a budget, but still be able to afford the gifts that your loved ones will enjoy. Never has this concern been greater in recent years than right now – it seems like the most sought after gifts keep getting more and more expensive, but our salaries (if we are lucky enough to have kept our jobs through these tough financial times) remain the same.There is no denying that having the happiest Christmas possible, while still remaining within a very tight budget is no easy task, but there are several things that you can do to help.Hit the SalesNo one wants to get up at four o’clock in the morning and fight the vicious throngs of ill-willed shoppers to get the best deals on Black Friday, but sometimes the ‘door buster’ deals are among the absolute best that you’ll find.Black Friday bargains are something that just about every retailer participates in now in an effort to really kick off the holiday shopping season with a bang. It’s admittedly very tough to muster up the courage and get out there in the cold for a good deal, but sometimes – it can be well worth the aggravation.It’s not always about just beating the rush though, many retailers offer specials all through the day – and some even offer online Black Friday specials, so if you aren’t hearty enough to handle the early morning war for the best prices, you may still be able to get a great deal on Black FridayPay Close Attention to AdvertisementsOnce the Christmas shopping season is in full swing, retailers hungry for your business will do just about whatever it takes to get you in the store. Pay very close attention to weekly advertisements of sales among the major retailers and don’t be afraid to comparison shop – even if something is five dollars less at one location, that’s still five more dollars in your pocket.Major retailers put on special sales just about every week leading up to the holiday, if you keep a watchful eye open to the sale papers you just might be able to find the item that you’re looking for at a large percentage off.Retailers’ websites will also show the current sales taking place and sometimes offer newsletters that will notify shoppers of upcoming bargains that others may not be privy to.Shop OnlineSome of us don’t like running from store to store in order to get the absolute best price on the perfect gift, some of us don’t like to go out in the cold at all – thankfully for us, there is a wealth of top notch bargains right at our fingertips with online shopping.The world of online shopping lets people visit all the major retailers as well as some specialty stores that could never have been patronized without the help of the internet. This gives us, as consumers, the ability to truly find exactly what we are looking for, at the best possible price without ever having to leave the house. With ‘traditional’ Christmas shopping consumers are sometimes limited to what’s left in stock if they wait too long to get to a particular store.Having the perfect Christmas while sticking to a budget will never be easy, but with the extra resources available to the consumer today it’s easier than it has ever been before. If you research the sales online and make good use of online shopping you should be able to save a good bit of money on your Christmas shopping this holiday season.