3 Easy Ways to Save on Your Holiday Shopping

Written By Mary Beth Eastman
Last updated November 22, 2017

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Money Saving Tips
November 22, 2017

Simple. Thrifty. Living.

The holidays are here, and it’s time to make your gift lists. You’re probably wondering which items to purchase and still stay within your budget. There is nothing wrong with finding great deals on family or office gifts. Remember, you do not have to sacrifice gift value when looking for less expensive or cost-effective solutions. Whether for loved ones or co-workers, here are three ways to save on your holiday shopping this year.

Free shipping is everywhere you look these days. From Amazon to eBay, countless vendors and sellers offer free shipping on bulk or high-volume orders. You can also access these services on items that meet a certain amount set by the retailer, for example, free shipping on all orders $25 or more. This means you can purchase just one item totaling this amount and still reap the benefits. Similarly, you may want to purchase different brands or items, such as clothing or electronics. With this in mind, look for online deals that offer free shipping per item or per bulk order at checkout. Either way, you can truly save big bucks and time.

Another great way to save on holiday shopping is with deals sites. From Brad’s Deals to Groupon, these sites feature daily deals and savings on a myriad of brands, including electronics, clothing, toys, dining, entertainment and much more. Many deals sites also offer the following:

  • Free shipping on one item or multiple-item bulk orders
  • Daily discounts, promotional specials and cost-saving deals on a wide array of holiday or seasonal gifts
  • Additional savings with club membership cards and coupon codes that you can redeem at checkout
  • User-friendly search tools for all top-named brands, products and accessories
  • Special holiday discounts with savings from 10 percent to well over 50 percent off on items and online orders

Holiday shopping coupons are perfect for saving time and money. Many online retailers offer e-coupons or codes that you can redeem at checkout. There may be some restrictions on using the same coupons for similar orders, so it’s important to check. However, you can still find a range of cost-saving deals online or inside stores. The same also goes for coupon apps on smartphones and other devices. Here are some of the top couponing sites on the web today:

  • Groupon
  • The Krazy Koupon Lady
  • Passion for Savings
  • Hip2Save
  • RetailMeNot

About the Author

Mary Beth Eastman

Mary Beth Eastman serves as the content manager for Simple. Thrifty. Living, where she is dedicated to helping readers use money and credit wisely. Mary Beth believes that access to the right financial information paired with a growth mindset are essential tools for getting out of debt and building wealth. Mary Beth has a degree in Journalism from Bowling Green State University and has focused her 20-year journalism career on putting readers front and center, carefully considering their concerns and presenting information that will help them in their everyday lives. She has won numerous statewide journalism awards. Her writing on personal finance as been featured on numerous websites in addition to Simple. Thrifty. Living, including Huffington Post and Lexington Law blog. Mary Beth resides in Pittsburgh, Pa., with her family and two rescue dogs.

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