Shh! This little secret gives you a head start on big holiday deals

According to new research from the National Retail Federation, shoppers are expected to spend more this holiday season than they have in the past three years. See where you can expect to score the best deals with these insider secrets.

To help you get the biggest bang for your buck,, a website that helps consumers shop more intelligently, is revealing where and when the best holiday deals are likely to go down.

What does this mean for you? You can plan your shopping splurges in advance to make the most out of online deals.

The site has indexed about 500 brands, including both big-box retailers and boutique e-commerce stores, to provide information about ongoing deals and forecast anticipated savings. According to Brandon Hunt, co-founder of DealScience, the average savings for shoppers using the site is around $22.04. Savings could be even steeper during the peak shopping season.

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Best holiday deals to watch for

  • Kohl’s: Expect a special 25-30 percent off sitewide code in late November to early December.
  • JCPenney: Expect a 30 percent off everything code in late November to early December.
  • Macy’s: During November through December you’ll find promo codes of 10-20 percent off; near Cyber Monday you can expect a rare 25 percent off code.
  • Sears: Shoppers can expect a sitewide 10 percent off coupon code for the majority of November and a potential $50 off of $300 toward the later half of November.
  • Ann Taylor, Lane Bryant and Ann Taylor Loft: Shoppers should expect a massive 50 percent off sitewide deal at some point during late November and early December.
  • Tilly’s: Tilly’s tops our list with potentially one of the largest discounts on the web. We expect a 75 percent off one item promo code that also can score shoppers an additional discount in the realm of 20-40 percent for all additional items ordered.
  • Gap: We expect to see a rare 50 percent off sitewide promo code toward Cyber Monday, but during November we expect to see promo codes ranging from 20-40 percent off so keep an eye out.
  • Banana Republic: Expect 35-45 percent off promo codes that are sitewide, but during November shoppers could see a rare 50 percent off deal.

Near Cyber Monday, keep an eye out for the following sitewide deals as they may only be available for 24-72 hours:

  • 30 percent off at REI; 30 percent off at Lands’ End
  • 30 percent off at
  • 10 percent off at
  • 30 percent off at Sierra Trading Post
  • 30 percent off online orders at Express
  • 20 percent off at FootAction
  • 25 percent off at Fujitsu
  • 50 percent off at SnapFish
  • 25 percent off at Dr. Jays
  • 30 percent off at
  • 25 percent off at DermStore
  • 50 percent off at Carter’s and OshKosh B’Gosh
  • 40 percent off at Michaels
  • 40 percent off at
  • 50 percent off any one item at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores

Additional tips for holiday savings

  • Make the most of price matching: Over 25 percent of big-box retailers offer a price-match guarantee, including Target, Toys “R” Us and Best Buy. Stores like Home Depot and Lowe’s will even give the customer an extra 10 percent back. But, it’s up to the shopper to find the price difference.
  • Product promos: Many retailers will offer the deepest holiday discounts to specific categories of products. This year, electronics, apparel and toys top the list. Pay particular attention to deals on laptops (especially those with Intel Core processors, which may dip as low as $200), tablets (Windows may offer the most sales) and 4K televisions. As always, anticipate substantial discounts on toys and current-season apparel around Black Friday.
  • Shipping savings: While free shipping deals are common for apparel stores (over 60 percent offer ongoing free delivery for orders over $50+), home goods retailers and e-commerce giants, like Amazon and eBay, may be lowering their shipping rates as well. Many of these marketplaces deliver through the USPS, which has recently reduced shipping costs for businesses; consequently, these sites pass along some savings to consumers.
  • Mobile payment promotions: With the release of Google Wallet and Apple Pay in late October, some stores that are equipped to process mobile payments (such as the Apple-Pay-accepting Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s and the Disney Store) may start to offer promotions in November as an incentive to pay via smartphone.
  • The negotiator: For in-store purchases, negotiating can be a useful tactic for supplemental savings. Understand what the store’s competitors are offering and try to use it to get the best deal. And remember, a flawed item can be a sale item. It always pays to ask.

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