NBSB Provides Tips on How to Stay Safe While Holiday Shopping


This holiday season is shaping up to be unlike any other. Though different this year many are still looking for ways to share the holiday spirit and show loved ones they care. Holiday shopping is usually one of the biggest to-do list items and this year may be no different. Here are some tips on how to stay safe and shop smart.


Shop Online

When it comes to shopping safely there’s no better place than to do it from the comfort of your own home. Online shopping is more popular than ever and almost every major retailer has an online shop. Be vigilant about what sites you give your credit/debit card information to as some could be scams.

Clark.com, a website from popular consumer expert Clark Howard, which shows consumers practical ways to save more, spend less and avoid getting scammed, offers some helpful ways you can spot a scam retailer.


Shop Early

Get ahead of the crowd by starting you holiday shopping ASAP, especially if you are doing the majority of your shopping online. Shipping and supply delays may make receiving orders placed closer to the holidays difficult to get in time. Here are some tips on being intentional about your shopping.


Use Contactless Payments

If you end up doing some of your shopping in-person using a contactless payment system will help keep you safe. Some credit cards can be used at contactless payment terminals just by tapping the card or using a mobile wallet on a mobile device.

A North Brookfield Savings Bank debit card can be utilized for online purchases as well as with Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, and Google Pay. Learn more about mobile wallets and how to use them.


Be Safe and keep others safe!

With all the hustle, bustle, and cheer, it is easy to forget we are in the midst of a pandemic.  Make sure you are following all of the protocol applicable in your state and community.

Look for businesses that offer safety precautions for their customers and staff, including the following:

  • Enforces face mask policy
  • Offers face masks if you forget one
  • Hand sanitizer at entrance
  • Touch-free payment options
  • Encourages social distancing
  • Limits the number of customers in the store at one time

As always, if you have any questions, we’re here to help.