8 Holiday Shopping Hacks to Help You Save Big This Season

8 Holiday Shopping Hacks to Help You Save Big This Season

Ready, set… charge! The holiday shopping season is here, and between inflated prices, the rising cost of gas, and the urge to splurge this time of year, it can be harder than ever to stick to your budget. Here, we've listed eight holiday shopping hacks to help keep your spending under control while still finding the perfect gifts for everyone on your list.

1. Make a list and check it twice
When you shop with a list in hand, and you're careful to stick to it, you can make responsible shopping decisions instead of buying anything and everything that catches your eye.
2. Compare prices

All it takes is a few quick clicks to check if the item you want to purchase is available elsewhere and for less. You can also use a price-checking app like ShopSavvy and BuyVia to make searching for the hottest deal easier.

3. Don't shop alone

Grab a friend to help keep you on track as you shop. Share your budget with them, or let them know which gifts you'll be looking for on this trip. Then, ask them to gently remind you to stay within budget and keep to the plan as you browse.

4. Take advantage of rebates and refunds

Wouldn’t it be awesome to get paid to shop? When you make a purchase through a rebate app like Earny or Rakuten, you get cash back for every purchase you make.

Why not get paid by the retailer, too? Some retailers offer refunds for late deliveries or will give you money back if there's been a price change on an item since you've purchased it. Use a free app like Paribus to scan your receipt and search the web for price drops, and to track policies that may help put more money back in your pocket.

5. Buy discounted gift cards

Gift cards are a great way to save time on gift shopping — and money, too! You can find discounted gift cards on sites like GiftDealsRaise and CardCash for big-name brands of all kinds, including Lowe's, Old Navy, Starbucks, Amazon, and dozens more. Best of all, the person receiving the gift card never has to know you snagged it at a discounted price.

6. Shop with coupons

Before completing an online purchase, do a quick search of sites like RetailMeNot, to check for available coupons that can bring down the price. You can also use a browser extension, like Honey, which automatically finds and applies coupons while you shop.

7. Shop early

With anticipated delivery delays and supply shortages this year, it's best to tackle your holiday shopping early. Shopping with a clear head and when the stores are well stocked will make it easier to stick to your budget.

8. Buy electronics on Black Friday or Cyber Monday

Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals are rarely worth the hassle except for electronics. While most big-ticket items, like furniture and home appliances, are usually cheaper during other sale events. The Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals on TVs, laptops, audio equipment, and other electronics will likely be the best you'll find all year. So if any of these items are on your list, plan your purchase for Black Friday weekend for steep discounts.


Happy shopping!