Are you seriously ready to save BIG this Christmas Holiday? I know I am. I am going to share with you all my inside scoops to what I know and how I save during the Holidays.
Believe it or not, now is the perfect time to get started on Holiday shopping. Well, if I wouldn’t have been so busy with the new baby coming and work related issues, I would have started a few months ago even.
Holiday season’s can be super stressful. You have family coming in, you have cooking and meals to plan, and gifts need to be bought.
I am here to tell you, you can plan and budget your way through the Holiday Season, and make it a little less stressful and I am going to tell you how I do it.
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Sell Unused Gift Cards
We all know that we get gift cards to places that we do not shop at. Or better yet, places that we don’t even have in our town.
Raise.com is a place that you can seriously sell your unused gift cards for cash. Then, when you get the cash, you can spend it on other Christmas items.
Buy Other’s Unused Gift Cards
Use the same exact website to purchase other people’s gift cards at huge deals! This time of year you are able to get some gift cards to your favorite stores up to 15% off what they originally were for.
Check. Them. Out.
Sign up for Loyalties
Sign up for all your favorite store loyalty programs if you haven’t already. When you sign up, they will immediately send out coupons to your email, for certain percentages off your first purchase and so on.
This will save at least a little bit of money when you go in for the annual holiday shopping spree.
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Shop Places that Price Match Online
What I mean, is, there are a bunch of stores that have different prices online then they do in the store. A lot of stores will price match though. So, try and shop them. Kohl’s and Toys R Us are two of the many stores that participate.
I LOVE to make my own gifts. I am not that creative either. I love to enlist my kiddos to help me too, and they love it. It’s a good way to bond while you save money at the same time! Some of my favorite DIY projects are: gift baskets with assorted baked goods that you make yourself, Canvas art if you like to paint, DIY ornaments, etc. The ideas are limitless! I am betting on getting a Cricut this Christmas, and I am stoked. I love to make my own things, and with Cricut, the options are seriously never ending. Don’t worry, I’ll share all my projects with y’all!
Mail your Packages Early
Mail packages early in order to help avoid those extra shipping costs for faster shipping. I always try to get my package out no later than Dec. 20th. Use this guide below to avoid extra costs!
- USPS: Retail Ground ship by Dec. 15th. Mail your priority letters by Dec. 20th.
- UPS: Ship before December 10th. (Last day you can use UPS 3-Day Select)
- FedEx: Ship by December 16th in order to use FedEx Ground to save the most.
Sign up for Ebates
Seriously, if you are one of those Mom’s like me that do a TON of online shopping, you NEED to sign up for Ebates in order to get cash back on everything you order.
They have every store imaginable, and I have already saved hundreds with it.
You won’t regret it.
Travel on Christmas
If you have plans to travel, especially that involves flying, do it ON Christmas. You will save a ton of money. I know, it’s a drag to travel on actual Christmas, and I hate doing it, but if I am traveling, that is the way I do it save the most money.
Don’t Pay for Shipping
Apparently December 16th, is free shipping day. I learned this and I am literally super excited about it. This is definitely the day that I will shop online through, Ebates of course, for all my online shopping needs.
Plan Ahead of Time
Plan ahead for literally everything. This will save you time and money in the long run. Don’t wait until the last minute to shop for gifts or even groceries. You will end up paying the most after Dec. 20th. If you use artificial trees, and need to get one, buy the first few weeks of December for best prices.
Hit up After Christmas Shopping
This is the time I stock up for the following year. You can get Christmas paper, tags, bows, toys, decorations etc for up to 90% off. The stores are crazy, but I think well worth getting things next to nothing for the next year.
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