• Yarrow Smith - Gift Guru

Oink, Oink! Save, Save!

Believe it or not, but the holiday season is upon us (again!), and that means your shopping list is about to get a lot longer. Finding the right gifts for your family, friends, and colleagues is no easy feat. Staying on budget is even harder. I'm sharing a few ways that I use to save a little extra cash - check them out while you're planning your holiday shopping.

Shop Small + Local - Shop directly with small businesses, like Simply Gifted, of course! You cut out the middle man and save the mark ups.

Honey Browser Extension - The Honey web browser extension automatically finds coupon codes and the best deals when you are shopping online. Simply download the extension and when you go to checkout, you can choose to apply codes. I have saved sooo much money with this. Forget looking for coupon codes all over the place!

Play Hard to Get! Next time you are shopping online, leave the goodies you want in your cart, but don't check out. Most larger companies will retarget you and your abandoned cart with a sweet little coupon (usually about 20%) to close the deal. I admit, this has worked on me so many times!

Shop Early or Late The best deals to be had are usually captured by those that shop in advance and take their time making purchasing decisions (not emotional shopping!), or those that wait to get the crazy good deals last minute. Either way, plan ahead to make sure you get the best deals based on what you are looking to buy.

Sign Up Yes, I know getting tons of promo emails is annoying! That's why I leverage a secondary email address just for shopping. This not only helps you keep all of your online shopping organized in one email account, but it keeps all the marketing emails out of your regular emails as well. So, now you can get all the great member only coupons and deals without all the hassle.

Check Your Credit Cards for Points - If you're like most of us, you have at least one credit card. Is that credit card allowing you to earn points? If not, consider calling your card's backer to see if this feature can be added, or if they offer another card that does. Most cards now even allow you to connect your points account directly to sites like Amazon so you can use your points at check out. I personally use a card that allows me to earn one point for every one dollar spent, and two points on every dollar spent on food and entertainment. If you're like me and dine out a lot, it's a great card!

I hope these tips were helpful! Share your money-saving tips below!

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