MUST DO SITES
- www.yipit.com this site is a must do for grouponers and gifters alike! It combines many discount websites: groupon, livingsocial and crowdsavings to name a few and puts it on one website for you to scope out deals!
- www.ebates.com this site is great for online shoppers, they have a lot of commercials but don't explain their business that well in my opinion. You sign up on ebates and shop online in the stores you want by getting linked to them through ebates and get a percent back from each purchase in a check several times a year.
- www.retailmenot.com - this site shows coupon codes for stores and gives a rating on how well they work for users so you can pick the more reliable codes and get EXTRA savings!
- www.thekrazycouponlady.com - I have mixed feelings about this site, I love coupons but I hate the show 'Extreme Couponing' I don't believe someone who stocks up on 50 free shampoos to store in their house for eternity is doing anyone any favors and its just wasteful but this site does stress responsible couponing and has great tips for saving at specific stores.
TIP: Even if you might not be shopping at CVS , Target, or Kmart for gifts, its a good website to save money on everyday items so you have more to spend on gifts!
TIP: Set a budget you feel comfortable with, make it realistic and split it how you feel you should spend on each person. It doesn't have to be set in stone but you shouldn't spend so much on the holidays that you can't enjoy them.
TIP: Gift Exchanges can be a great money saver with friends. Set a price point and do a Secret Santa through a websites such as www.elfster.com and focus on a great gift for ONE lucky friend!
TIP: If you do shop at the mall, use a good cause to take some stress off your shopping, many charities offer gift wrapping services for donations. You can feel good about donating your money and get a nice service in return :)
Do you have any tips for holiday shopping?