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6 Holiday Shopping Hacks to Save You Major Money

Posted on October 12, 2022 at 11:03 AM by Noa Finken

Christmas shopping can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to cost you a fortune. Save some extra cash on gifts this holiday season with these practical tips and tricks!

 

1. Take advantage of cashback programs

Cashback apps and browser extensions can save you money when you shop at many popular retailers, both in-store and online. These programs put a percentage of your purchase back in your wallet. Rakuten and DollarSprout Rewards are just a couple of options that you can use.

 

2. Try DIY

If you have a tight budget, you may want to consider giving homemade gifts this year. Not only will it save you money, but it will also mean a lot to your friends and family that you put time and effort into making something special just for them.

 

Get creative with these ideas:

 

Pro tip: Pinterest is a great resource for finding DIY tutorials. Give us a follow while you’re there!

 

3. Compare prices

Find the best prices by shopping around. Take advantage of price comparison tools, like Google Shopping. And if you shop on Amazon, we suggest using CamelCamelCamel to view price history charts and create price drop alerts.

 

4. Look for coupon codes

Using coupon codes while shopping online can significantly reduce your total. The Honey browser extension and app will automatically search for the best coupons when you shop on thousands of sites. It also allows you to set up price drop notifications.

 

5. Buy in bulk

Buy items in bulk and put together themed gift baskets. From baking to movie night, there are a ton of fun themes to choose from.

 

Here are some suggestions:

  • Baking – brownie mix, rubber spatula, oven mitt, mixing bowl
  • Spa day – sheet mask, nail polish, fuzzy socks, scented lotion
  • DIY sundae – hot fudge, various toppings, ice cream scoop, paper bowls
  • Movie night – Netflix gift card, candy, microwave popcorn, soda

 

6. Check for social media exclusive offers

Many brands share limited discounts and freebies solely on social media during the holidays, so be on the lookout for those. Better yet, you can turn on post and story notifications for your favorite stores, so you never miss a deal.

 

Happy shopping!

 


Noa Finken

Marketing Specialist

 

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