11 Ways to Save on Christmas Gift Shopping

11 Ways to Save on Christmas

1) Use Apps

There are many smartphone apps that can help you save money on not only things you buy everyday but toys, games, and clothes. For instance Target’s Cartwheel app, as well as Michaels, Hobby Lobby and many more apps often contain percentage off and other coupons.

2) Use Coupons

As we get closer to the holidays you will notice an influx of coupons on hot toys of the season in grocery coupon inserts as well as printable online coupons. Companies like Mattel, Milton Bradley, and a few others will put out coupons that when combined with sales make for amazing deals!

3) Shop Sales

This may seem like a no brainer but really, when you see an item that is on your list at a great price, go ahead and grab it. Saving $2 or $3 dollars later on is probably not worth the running around, long lines, and gas money.

4) Start a Gift Closet

While it may be a little late for this year, you can start right after Christmas building a gift closet for next year. While tastes change, and your kids may not demand the hottest Star Wars toys next year there are plenty of simple items like clothing, stocking stuffers, cologne, and beauty products that you can pick up at a heavily discounted price after Christmas. Designate a large tub in your closet or somewhere else convenient and fill it with gifts throughout the year as you find amazing deals. We use ours for unexpected birthdays, hostess gifts, and of course I am always stocking up for kids Christmas and birthdays.

5) Price Match

So many stores have begun to price match against other stores paper or online ads that there is no reason to pay more or run around to 3 or 4 places to get a great deal. Most places will also match Amazon’s listed prices so look them up on your smartphone while shopping.

6) Buy Discounted Gift Cards

Purchase discounted giftcards at GiftCardRescue.com and Giftcards.com for anywhere from 5%-30% off the value. Use a $100 card that you purchased for $80 in conjunction with sales and coupons – you won’t believe how much you save.

7) Minimize Your Shopping

Get with friends and relatives at the start of the holidays and agree in advance to only buy for the kids or opt to draw names so you are only buying for one person or couple in the family instead of every third cousin and great uncle.

8) Re-Gift

Not last years fruit cake of course… But if you receive gifts that just don’t fit you or your lifestyle there is no harm in re-gifting. Just be selective with who you regift to, make sure that the original giver and the new recipient do not run in the same circles. Your pet sitter who keeps her nails meticulous might love the nail dryer Aunt Helen gave you.

9) Seach For Codes

I never buy anything online or head out to the stores without first checking RetailMeNot.com for discount codes. You can find everything from restaurants to photo developing on there and you can save a ton overall.

10) Research Online

Search sites like PriceGrabber.com for the best deals. Scope out reviews also – cheaper does not mean you will save more money in the long run and more expensive doesn’t necessarily mean the item will last longer.

11) Budget in Advance

Set a budget up front and stick to it. Oftentimes the thing that costs us the most is mindless spending with no aim in mind, and not knowing what you have spent until you pull the tangle of receipts from your purse at the end of the day. Have a list and do your best to stick to it at all costs.

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5 Practical Gift Suggestions for Frugal People

Gift shopping for other people can be a difficult task. It can be especially difficult if you are shopping for someone who is very careful with how money is spent. Is extravagance the key to a frugal person’s heart? Not usually.  Here are some great gift suggestions you may want to consider:

1) A Coffee and Espresso Maker

A DIY machine such as a Coffee and Espresso Maker is a gift any frugal person would love. He or she would be able to enjoy a delicious, luxurious cup of coffee without having to buy an overpriced latte at the coffee shop.

2) Subscriptions and Gift Cards

If you know the recipient well enough, think about getting him or her a subscription or gift card to a service often used or a store often frequented. Consider getting your mom a gift card to the grocery store, or giving your roommate a Netflix subscription.  You can even get your gift cards at a discount if you buy them from Plastic Jungle or Cardpool.

3) Reusable Shopping Bags

A reusable shopping bag is perfect for someone who lives both a frugal and green life. There are so many benefits to passing on plastic! With a reusable shopping bag, one will be able to save money and the environment at the same time.

4) A Home Energy Monitor

A home energy monitor may not seem like an obvious gift choice—but it is one that a frugal person would very much appreciate. A handheld energy monitor can be attached to almost any appliance, measuring just how much energy it consumes. It’s a great tool for identifying which appliances need replacing or repairing.

5) A Gift Basket

Although food baskets are always a well-received gift, you may want to take it a step further by giving something even more practical. Laundry, gardening, cleaning, sewing or kitchen gift baskets are some other great options.

When gift shopping for someone frugal, a great tip is to search for gifts that will help the recipient save money over the next few weeks, months or even years. Put some thought into your gift and the recipient will appreciate your thoughtfulness for years to come.

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