Even if you are on a tight budget this year, it can be your best Christmas yet if you are a smart shopper who has the right tools. By taking advantage of some great tips, you can complete your Christmas shopping without feeling the stress of a limited budget. In the end, you’ll have saved so much money that you sense of accomplishment might make it more fun than it would have been if you had been shopping with a huge budget.
Shopping Online Sales
You already know about Black Friday. This year, skip the freezing cold, early morning lines and stay home instead for Cyber Monday. Cyber Monday is the name given to the Monday after Thanksgiving, which is also the Monday after Black Friday, when online stores have huge sales that are similar to the in-store sales of Black Friday. Unfortunately, you might still have to get up before dawn, but at least you’ll be able to stay home in the comfort and warmth of your living room while you do your shopping. One way to stay up-to-date on which sites will have the best deals is to sign up for email alerts from your favorite online stores.
Whether they are exclusively online or online versions of physical stores, many sites will run specials for Cyber Monday that you can find out about through email. Some sites even offer an incentive of extra savings if you sign up to receive emails from them.
Make the Most of Online Coupons
One of the best ways to save money when you do your holiday shopping online is to use coupon codes. These codes work much the same way as in-store coupons, but they are usually a code word or series of letters or numbers that you enter during the online checkout process. They allow you to access extra savings that aren’t available to those who don’t have the code. To find coupon codes before you start your online shopping, use a website that lists codes for you. The best sources for these codes organize them by store or allow you to search for particular websites. You can often use these sites to find codes that aren’t even available on the store’s actual website. Coupons can save you a great deal of money, freeing up more money in your limited budget so you can make the most of what you have to spend for the holidays this year.
There are lots of ways to save money by doing your Christmas shopping online. Don’t forget, though, that for big sales, particularly those that being on Cyber Monday, many items will sell out online, often as quickly as they would have in store on Black Friday. Prioritize your list, open multiple windows in your web browser, and start shopping as soon as sales begin, even if that means staying up late into the night. Don’t forget to organize and use your online codes for extra savings.
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This post is written by Sarah Coulsey. She is a Wife, and Mother of two boys living in New England. This post may contain affiliate links.