’tis the season to go shopping!

’tis the season to go shopping!

The holiday season can be lots of fun, but it can get super stressful if you have a lot of gifts to buy. Whenever I make my Christmas list, that’s the time I truly realize how big my family really is. Over the years of buying gifts, I’ve learned how to get great gifts at a low cost and even get some money back in the process! How cool is that? Anyway, I thought I’d share my top 4 tips on shopping for great gifts without the heavy price tag.

  1. I always make a list of all the persons I have to purchase gifts for. I then set a budget based on the number of persons on my list. Maybe the maximum you want to spend on gifts this year is $500.
  2. Shop black Friday! I buy almost all gifts on black Friday; every store has an amazing sale on that day so why not take advantage of that? Black Friday is around the corner, and like you, I search for the best deals. I’m never usually in a store on black Friday as you pretty much get the same deals on the internet except on big ticket items such as televisions and other electronics. I’d rather shop online on black Friday rather than cyber Monday as there are a lot of people shopping around as well and things go out of stock really quickly. Then there’s the identity theft factor, and I don’t want to take that risk
  3. Use sites like Ebates! Ebates is a really cool site that gives you cash back when you shop at your favorite store through their site, and if you don’t like shopping online, no worries, there are instore offers as well! It is very easy and free to sign up and they have hundreds of stores listed with amazing discounts. Luxury brands such as Kate Spade, Saks fifth ave, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and Sephora are all on their site. They also feature stores such as JCPenny, Macys, Victoria’s secret, Walmart among many others. You can choose to shop online or take advantage of their in store offers. Along with retail stores, they also offer you cash back on travel arrangements made through their site. The travel agents they feature include, Expedia, Orbitz, booking.com as well as a few airlines. The cash you earn is placed in your Ebates account, and then you receive a check with your cash back every 3 months. It’s free to sign up, and super easy to use. They’re also offering a $10 Walmart gift card for signing up or $10 in your Ebates account after your first purchase of $25 or more within the first 90 days of signing up. Click the link below to start saving. https://www.ebates.com/r/MANDYD463
  4. Like Ebates, you can earn cash back through a site called Swagbucks. This site offers a little more than Ebates does. In addition to cash back from shopping at your favorite stores, you can earn money by taking surveys, signing up to retrieve your credit score and more! The way this works is you earn swag bucks for different activities. Once you’ve collected a certain number of Swagbucks, you may redeem them through gift cards to stores like Target, or simply receive a visa gift card. Sign up for your account here: http://www.swagbucks.com/p/register?rb=32298914

If you’d like to hear about my favorite stores to shop for gifts, leave a comment below or on one of my social media pages!