Thanksgiving is over and that can only mean one thing: Spending Season is Upon Us. Now I know you’ve been saving since January for Christmas (right???) since it shouldn’t come as a surprise to you by now. It lands on the same day every year! Let’s look at some ways to take advantage of sales and make this spending season a little more bearable.
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Make A List, Check It Twice
You should already have a budget for each person you plan on spending for. Give yourself some room in case an unexpected person pops up that you have to purchase for as well (such as a coworker). I always try to overshoot my spending. I want to be prepared to spend $1000 and really only spend $700. Write down ideas for each person as well so you have an easier time searching.
Black Friday & Cyber Monday
It’s generally a myth that stores don’t really drop prices these days. Items have a regular price, and even though stores might have a previously marked sales item back up to regular price the days prior to Thanksgiving, they generally go back on sale or even a deeper sale for these days. Additionally, a lot of stores have doorbuster deals and other discounts throughout the weekend that can save you a few dollars.
Shop in Your Pajamas
I love Amazon for a lot of things… Christmas shopping is definitely one of them. I look for an item on Amazon, and with another open tab, search the item I find on google. If Amazon is cheaper, I go for it! Now the secret here is a Prime membership. A lot of stores will charge you for shipping, so if you can save on shipping cost. Ultimately, it might save you a good amount off all your purchases. If you don’t have Prime, sign up for the 30-day trial!
If Prime isn’t useful to you, as soon as you sign up, set an alert on your phone for 29 days from now to cancel.
Amazon also always has a ton of sales throughout the weekend that can help you save a few dollars. Get Your Free Trial Here!
Large Ticket Electronics
Something I found that changed how I buy large ticket electronics? BHPhotoVideo. If you live outside New York they don’t charge taxes on those Apple Watches, Cameras, iPads, etc.
They normally have free shipping as well so take advantage of their sales throughout the weekend as well. Check Them Out Here!
Don’t Forget Your Rewards!
You budgeted for this spending season, might as well earn something back on the money you already plan to spend!
If you use credit cards, you should (hopefully) already be earning a few dollars back. Now make sure you go through Ebates before and earn cash back from both. If you don’t use Credit Cards, you can still earn Cash Back from Ebates!
You can consider all that cash back as a discount on your purchases! Sign up With Ebates Here!
Gifts are not the reason for the season. The Spending Season is definitely something we created for ourselves. Enjoy the time with your family! But since most of us will have to do some spending, shop smart!
Check out other money saving tips here!
Do you Have Any Other Tips For The Season?