The craziness of sales and deals that ensued last week is finally over. Did you miss it? No worries. You can still save big on Christmas shopping this season. Here are 5 ways to cut those numbers at the cash register.
1. Buy Stocking Stuffers in Bulk
If you have a lot of stockings to stuff, save on the generic stuff. Buy things like candy, lip gloss, or socks in bulk. Generally you can do this by buying direct from the company that makes it. For example, I’m planning on buying Vermints mints for the whole family. If you buy them in a set of twelve, they’re only $23.40. If you use my coupon code, that set will only set you back $17.55, or $1.46/tin. Not bad at all. But if you order 100, it’s only $35. Add in that coupon code, and it’s $26.25, or $.26/tin. That’s crazy cheap. Everyone gets mints in their stocking, and you don’t have to pay for mints for yourself for the rest of the year.
2. Shop Quirky and Discounted
Do you have that one person left on your list? You know, the one that doesn’t want anything, and you can’t figure out what to get for them? As you browse the store aimlessly searching, commit yourself to only shop the clearance racks. There you’ll find the quirky stuff, all things “different” and non-generic, and severely discounted prices. You’ll be able to find them something unique without busting the budget.
3. Download Shopular
The Shopular app has been my go-to this holiday season. You enter your favorite stores, and it notifies you of upcoming deals, both sales and coupons. If you turn the location on your phone, it will pull up the deals at the stores near you. This feature is especially eye-opening when you’re at someplace like the mall. It will get your wheels turning for those who are tough-to-buy for, and save you money on all those things you were already going to buy without any effort. You can download it for iOS or Andriod.
4. Use Free Shipping Day
Think you missed out on free shipping because you didn’t order on Black Friday? WRONG! Hundreds and hundreds of retailers participate in Free Shipping Day, which this year is December 18. There’s no minimum order requirement, and your packages will be delivered by Christmas Eve. It’s the procrastinator’s dream. More deets here.
5. Gift Yourself
One of the best gifts you can give is your time. It sounds cheesy, but it’s so true. And so
cheap frugal. Able-bodied? Give someone gift certificates to shovel their driveway this winter. Confident you can supervise children? Give a couple a date night via free baby-sitting. Has your significant other been wanting to do something that you’ve refused? (I’m thinking “Let’s go ice fishing,” or “I want to watch that stupid comedy series on Netflix. Binge watch. For 8 hours straight.”) Gift them your genuinely enthusiastic presence for whatever that experience might be.
How do you save this close to the holidays?
*I have been compensated for the writing of this post. Regardless, all opinions are 100% my own. I don’t suggest things to my readers that I wouldn’t use myself.*