Tips for Getting the Best Deals on Christmas Gifts

Oh, Christmas shopping — how I loathe thee.

I’m all for the spirit of the holidays, but the sales — some great, some just discounts off overinflated prices — make people go out in droves to the store. Me, I personally enjoy doing all of my present-buying online from the comfort of my own home — and I think a lot of you do, too!

But before you rush out to the mall or start putting things in your online shopping cart, take the time to look for discount codes and coupons. Why pay for shipping when you can get it for free? And 25% off coupons will further help you adhere to your Christmas budget.

1. Make a gift list. It helps if you know exactly what you’re looking for, whether it’s a Star Wars DVD box set or a pair of diamond earrings.

2. Look for the best deals. Use a search engine like Google or Bing to find the best prices on the gifts you want to purchase.

3. Once you find the store/website you want to buy from, search for coupons. Some stores, like Macy’s and Kohl’s, advertise their specials and discounts right on their websites.

4. Check out coupon aggregators. Twitter has a few, such as Coupon Tweet, which broadcasts individual coupon or sales deals. Popular deals websites include Retail Me Not and Coupon Cabin. Find the coupon codes that work best for your purchase.

5. Sign up for email list offers. This works best if you sign up with a store in advance of the holiday season. It’s best to have an email dedicated to these offers. Once you’re on a retailer’s list, you’ll get advance notice of major sales and specials, along with money-saving coupons.

No one will know you didn’t pay full retail price, and your bank account will thank you!

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