I learned this one from the big guy in the red suit. Before you step out the door to buy all the things, make a list of everyone — and I mean everyone, naughty and nice — you’re shopping for, and jot down some gift ideas. This will cut down on panic-induced impulse shopping.
Overspending during the holidays is easy to do. I guarantee you can have plenty of merriness without breaking the bank. Using a debit or pre-paid card instead of a credit card can help you stick to your game plan.
I love Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The energy! The excitement! Do your research ahead of time (check The Krazy Coupon Lady for tricks to save more), shop with a plan, and don’t get swept up in the moment and buy things you don’t want or need. Some retailers will let you stack coupons on top of sales, so be mindful of ways you can get even bigger discounts.
Tip: Other than some Walmarts, most stores don't allow you to price-match Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday.
I could go on and on about the ways you can use the Internet to help you save on your shopping, but here are a few of my favorite tips:
Some of my favorite budget-stretching freebies are free shipping, free gifts with purchase, free gift cards with the purchase of a gift card, and free gift-wrapping.
The Amazon app is basically like having a crystal ball in your pocket. It lets you scan an item in-store and see what it's selling for on Amazon so you know what kind of a deal you’re really getting.
Tip: Signing up for Amazon Prime can get you free two-day shipping on countless products, which can be a lifesaver during the holidays.
Many holiday sales only have a short, 24-48 hour life-span, so keep your eyes peeled for limited-time special offers and sales.
Many credit cards offer discounts anywhere from 5-10% cash back or points for using their card to shop online, and some even offer Small Business Saturday or other discounts. Check the rewards section of your credit card’s website for special offers.
You can save anywhere from 2-30% when you buy gift cards from discount sites like Raise.com. Sometimes the cards come as digital codes, and other times you will receive a physical gift card.
Using some of these tried-and-true savings tactics, as well as others found on TheKrazyCouponLady.com, you can take some of the stress and pinch out of your holiday shopping.
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