Christmas can be expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. While many of us choose to draw names to save some dollars, there are a few other ways you can spend a bit less this Christmas as well.
1. Shop sales using apps and email lists
I use an app called Krazy Koupon Lady. It’s free, and I find out about a lot of great deals before they’re announced anywhere else. This app is also a useful one throughout the year, as they share deals and sales on school supplies, clothing, and other special deals throughout the year. I also joined the email lists for Groupon and Brad’s Deals. Last year, I scored some really cute clothing for my kids on the Brad’s Deals list.
2. Price comparisons
If I’m interested in a big ticket item, I shop that item at a lot of different retailers. Even if you can’t purchase from the store with the best price, you can sometimes get a different retailer to match the price. Best Buy is really good about matching other retailers’ prices.
3. Save money throughout the year
We put back a small amount of money each year to use for Christmas gifts. It isn’t a lot, but it’s enough that it lightens the load a bit come December.
4. Shop early when you can.
You can score some great deals in the Black Friday sales, but sometimes dealing with the crowds just isn’t worth it. I chose to shop for Christmas gifts throughout the year last year and I’m glad I did. If you want to get an adult member of your family a nice winter coat, try shopping for it in January or February when retailers are clearing out winter clothing for the spring stock. I once got a $200 coat for $65 this way.
What are some of your favorite ways to save money during the holiday season?