Smart Shopping for Christmas: Tips for Holiday Deals
Thanks to retailers marking down merchandise, sometimes daily during the last two months of the year, shopping for Christmas doesn’t have to cost a fortune. So, where do you find holiday deals? The best places to go Christmas shopping are on your computer. We’re not saying you should avoid brick-and-mortar stores, although, they do get crazy busy during the holidays. Online shopping offers exclusive deals, free shipping, and gift options you may not have locally. With that said, Christmas is mere weeks away. Let’s get to it.
For tips on secure shopping online, read our related article: 6 Safe Online Shopping Tips.
Holiday Shopping Tips: Find Deals on Amazon
With over 350 million products for sale on Amazon, chances are you’ll find something for Christmas on the website. Beyond its variety, the best part about shopping on Amazon is all the ways you can find deals on the site.
- Amazon Digital Coupons
Amazon has digital coupons. While not every item has a coupon, you can find coupons for many things, like electronics, clothing, pet supplies, toys, and home goods, on the website. Clip the coupons, and you’ll see the discount during checkout.
- Amazon Outlet
You can find overstock merchandise across almost every Amazon category, including electronics, clothing, toys, and home goods, with savings of 10% to 85% off in Amazon Outlet.
- Amazon Warehouse
Shop Amazon Warehouse and save up to 50% off kitchen items, housewares, TVs, lawn & garden, and more. The items for sale in Amazon Warehouse are returned products, pre-owned or used.
- Amazon Limited-Time Deals
Amazon has a host of limited-time deals under Today’s Deals. Gold Box Deals are daily specials that can help you save up to 80% off items like eBooks, electronics, and clothes. On the same page, Lightening Deals end in hours and sometimes minutes, can save you up to 60%.
Want to ensure you get the best price on Amazon? Use the free price tracker CamelCamelCamel.com to view the prices over the last year. You can search by copying and pasting the product’s URL into the search box on CamelCamelCamel.com or search by keywords. Enter your email address if you want an alert when an item drops to a price you designate.
How OneLaunch Can make Christmas Shopping Easier
We here at OneLaunch introduced a shopping feature in the OneLaunch app that allows you to search for items by category or product name. You can shop through retailer links for Amazon, Home Depot, Best Buy, and Michaels. Plus, you can search for coupons, cashback offers, and check current prices with price trackers. You can also read how to shop online at Amazon or watch a beginner’s guide to Amazon. To use the Shopping app, open OneLaunch and click on the blue shopping bag in the dock at the top of the screen. Here, you can search or click through any of the listed sites.
Christmas Shopping Tips: Use Coupon, Cashback, and Price Comparison Sites
Groupon is a marketplace that offers up to 70% savings on goods and services. You can select from various items like concert tickets, kitchenwares, jewelry, clothing, home goods, toys, getaway trips, salon services, and more. To gift a Groupon deal, tap the “Buy as a Gift” button and either ship the item to your recipient or email it to them if it is a digital gift.
If you’re going to shop for the holiday, you might as well earn up to 10% cashback with Rakuten. To earn cashback at one of the 3,500 retailers, that includes Target, Walmart, and Kohl’s, you must activate a shopping trip by clicking on the retailer’s logo through Rakuten. The site also offers discounts on top of cashback and 2x cashback promos.
Shopzilla searches for deals across 15 categories, including appliances, gifts, flowers, jewelry, and musical instruments, at Kohl’s, Wayfair, Walmart, and Zulily, among others.
Xmas Shopping Tips for 2022
Economists are predicting that this year’s holiday shopping season will see less spending. Consumers are shopping simpler and smarter. They are looking for deals and ways to avoid spending money.
Don’t seek to “save money”; seek to “spend less.” Here are a few reminders:
- Create a budget and stick to it. So says Captain Obvious, right? We know. But it’s worth repeating. Don’t enter a physical store or retail website without having a list and spending limits written in front of you.
- Avoid last-minute shopping, so you don’t feel pressured into buying something because you’re out of time.
- Save your receipts in case you need to return an item or to get a price adjustment.
- Keep an eye on your accounts. Watch your credit card and checking accounts for any suspicious activity during the holidays to ensure your banking and personal information are safe.
Put off your shopping until after Christmas. If it isn’t imperative your gift arrives before Christmas, think about buying holiday-themed gifts and decor after Christmas when stores start their year-end seasonal clearance sales when merchandise can see discounts as high as 90%.