The spending on the next holidays is expected to above 4% in the next November and December, tha National Retail federation reported an amount of $682 billion to be spend. Last according to the statistics, each person on average spent over $900 in the same season.
The budget of your holiday can blow up easily, so watch this 40 tricks and hacks to trim your spending.
2. Buy your Gifts Step by Step
Consumer experts says that buying all your gifts on the same day at the last moment means that you will certainly overpay for most of your articles.
You need to spread your shopping schedule along the next few weeks, this way you will be able to control your spending and budget accordingly. This will also prevent a hangover of credit in the next January. And you will also benefit from the different sales along these next weeks.
3. Choose the best timing to Shop
Each year, the retailers tries to get you to shop earlier and earlier in order to get the best deals. However, This is not true, the best deals on video games for example remains in December, this applies to toys also.
You can use some advice sites like FatWallet or BFAds that helps you catch the best deals at the right time, these websites also have comprehensive guides on shopping that you can check.
4. Check Early November
Without fighting the crowding in the next Black Friday, you still can manage to get very important deals and best prices on certain categories from the Early days of November. These categories are often home appliances related and also electronics, so make sure to check those from the big online retailers like Amazon or also check Target or Walmart.
5. Stay Online Before Thanksgiving
According to online marketers, the best online Deals on Thanksgiving rolls the night before, that will be Wednesday night this year. The retailers so often starts rolling the Ads an hour before midnight to get ahead of the competition.
With this trick you will be the first to jump on the hottest deals of the next Thanksgiving guaranteed.
6. Black Friday After Black Friday
If you missed the Black Friday, or you don’t want to be at the doorstep of the shops, don’t worry, it is not over yet. You still can grab amazing hot deals on eBay in the day after or maybe two days after Black Friday. The reason is there is a common practice to sell discounted products on eBay for very small margins. You will pay a few dollars more than your friend who took the line for several hours in black Friday.
7. Use discounted Gift Cards
Sites like Card Cash, Raise and GiftCards allows you to buy discounted gift cards that you can use to shop for your holidays. You will save a considerable amount using these cards as you shopping money, or you can also offer the same cards as gifts in case you are not sure about what present to buy for someone.
Also, in case you already have some old Gift Cards from the last year you cane make some money selling them in some websites like Giftcard Zen or Cardpool for 80% or maybe 90% of their value.
8. Upsell is your Enemy
Beware of upsells, actually, most retailer make the biggest part of their income from upsells. So inhibit the urge to say yes to whatever upsell offer, including extended warranties offers. Stay Focused
9. Beware of Shipping rates
Shopping online is a convenient experience, and there is a lot of hot online deals out there for the holidays, however, if you don’t pay attention, the shipping rates can waste all the saving you made from that particular deal. Try to stick to online shops that offers free shipping or at least look for retailers near you that will ship for very low prices.
10. Your Cash Back
Nowadays, many platforms allows the consumers to earn their cash back from online stores.
You can check apps like RetailMeNot or use sites like Ebates and BeFrugal before buying online. You won’t regret it, and you will thank me later.
11. Coupon Codes
Again, your mobile is your friend when shopping online, use apps like Coupon Sherpa before making any purchase to check for the availability of coupons that you can either online or in physical store as barcodes. Also, websites like offers.com allows you to find easily coupons the you can apply at your next purchase.
12. Use Simple Tools to help You
You can install some easy tools on your browser that will o the work for you. It will look for coupons and discount codes and apply them automatically in the checkout page, without any additional effort from your side ! how cool is that ? For chrome you can look for “Honey” in the chrome extensions.
13. Hunt on Price Drops
Buying an article at full price and then finding that it went on 50% sale few days later is not the end of it! Some retailers as Sears or Macy’s and Walmart too, allows the refund of the price difference between the full and the discounted one even few days after the purchase.
14. Very Important ! Clear the cookies
Cookies are crated by websites on your computer to allow the websites to collect some useful information.
For example, cookies might be used by online stores to track your shopping habits and then adjust the prices of products accordingly! So before making important purchases make sure to clear your browsing history and delete your cookies.