The Christmas season is fast approaching. Black Friday is only 4 short days away. And given how weak the economy has been over the last year, lots of people are looking for ways to save on their gifts this year. We’re going to discuss 3 ways you can make your dollars go farther this holiday season.
Most savvy Internet shoppers are familiar with coupon codes. But often they’ll wait around until a company offers a code in really obvious ways to use one. It’s time to be more proactive. There are tons of coupons out there for any number of online businesses. You just need to know where to look. Here are a couple of sites with which to start.
Coupons.com is a great place to start when looking for coupon codes. This site is loaded with great deals. The biggest and best deals are usually highlighted on their home page. You’ll find coupons from such stores as Macy’s, JCPenny’s, Overstock.com, and Walgreens.
Retailmenot.com is another fantastic resource for coupon codes. From their home page you’ll be able to quickly see the best and newest coupons, including total discount and expiration date. They even have an app that you can use from your smart phone while you’re in the store. How easy is that?
Combine Purchases for Shipping Savings
This one may sound really simple, but if you’re like most people you do your shopping in spurts. If you order several items from one store at different times, you’ll be hit with separate shipping charges.
If you combine all of your purchases into one, you can save some serious bucks when it comes to shipping.
Some retailers, such as Amazon.com, offer better shipping options when you join their buying clubs. For Amazon, it’s called ‘Amazon Prime’. It costs $80 per year, but it’s worth it if you end up buying a decent amount of stuff online. With Amazon, many items will qualify for free 2day shipping. And overnight shipments are usually just $3.99. So if you’ve got any last minute gifts you need to pick up, you can still get it delivered on time, even if you order only 2 days before Christmas. That means those handmade elephant pillows your daughter wanted can be on your doorstep just in time.
Amazon also allows 5 of your friends and family to be on your account. This can save you and your family quite a bit over the course of the year.
Timing is Everything
If you really want to save some money, and your friends and family are patient, you can do your purchasing after the holidays. Sure everyone likes to open their presents on Christmas morning, but if you can save upwards of 50%, it might just be worth the wait.
You could call it New Years Eve presents if you like. This option isn’t necessarily for everyone. Obviously those with little ones will won’t want them to miss out on the excitement of Christmas day, but if you and your spouse aren’t too particular, you can save a ton of money. Many websites will run special sales for serious discounts after the holidays.
If you’re into CrossFit or other intense exercise regimines, Efficientgains.com is a website that specializes in CrossFit equipment and apparel reviews. They’ve also got a ton of great information and reviews of supplements for pre and post workout nutrition.
If you’re into health and the Paleo diet, Gourmet-paleo.com is another good example of a website running specials for Christmas. Both sites run specials that start on December 26, and run through the beginning of the new year.
These are just a few ways you can save some serious money this holiday season. Check back often for more updates.