8 Tips To Save Money On Your Christmas Shopping

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After the trauma some of our bank accounts have had this year, some of us are going to need all the help we can get this Christmas. If that is you, just keep on reading because I think some of these tips will make your Christmas shopping a little bit easier on the wallet.

1. Harness the power of user-generated reviews

If you are anything like me you want to get the best product you can for the money. Smart shoppers no longer base their buying decisions on whose advertisement they see the most. We want the product that it’s users are saying is great, rather than the company itself. This is one of the best things that Amazon.com has going for them. They probably have the largest database of user reviews. One or two reviews on a product don’t necessarily provide accurate info, but when you see something that has been reviewed by 300 people, you can assume that the law of averages will provide some decent info.

Amazon.com – My favorite place to find lots of user-generated reviews.

ConsumerReports.org – They are a not-for-profit company that reviews thousands of products and have no advertising in their magazine – therefore eliminating any potential conflicts of interest. They have an online subscription for $26 a year or $6 for a month of access. While they are not free, if you are making a sizeable purchase, they are probably worth the money.

Epinions.com – They are decent, I have found that many products just don’t have enough reviews.

Pricegrabber.com – They often don’t have as many reviews as Amazon does, but they have a nice interface and are worth checking out.


2. Let it sit overnight

After you picked out what you want from an online retail store, leave items in the shopping cart overnight. Some stores will send you a coupon for 10% off or free shipping to persuade you to complete your order.

3. Use a Cash-Back Debit Card

As you’ve probably heard me mention, I am loving the $50+ in rewards I am getting each month using my Perkstreet Financial debit card. And to help us save even more on our Christmas shopping they are offering 5% cash-back at some popular retailers like Kohl’s, Macy’s, Best Buy, JC Penney, Sears and more.

4. Shop on Fridays

Shop on Fridays to get first dibs on sale items. Department stores normally post their sales online before they hit the racks on the weekend.

5. Get cash back for shopping online

There are sites you can go that will pay you a % back for items that you purchase if you click through their site first. I am sure that by now there are more of similar programs, but then two that I have used are Ebates and Live Cashback.

Ebates – They have juts about every store you could want to purchase from and all you have to do is click the store’s link from the Ebates site and viola you will get 1 – 25% cash back. They mail out checks every 3 months.

Live Cashback – Microsoft has a similar program with Live Cashback in which you can browse and find which merchant is selling your desired item at the best price, then on top of that, you get paid a % of that item’s price for using the service. I wrote about getting paid with CashBack as well.

6. Ebay works for Christmas gifts too!

From my experiences I often find that Ebay can get me the lowest possible price on a NEW item. The trick comes in when you have to decide whether it is worth spending $15 more to get a new monitor from a store that you can rely on. For example, I buy a lot of my computer related purchases from newegg.com because they are ridiculously fast, very cheap, and have a good return policy. So for larger things I tend to go to a more trusted source, but then again, sometimes you can save a lot of money with Ebay by not having that guarantee.

7. Search for promo-codes before buying

I have had some successes and failures with sites like these. The problem that some of them have is that they don’t pull off the expired coupon codes quick enough. You may have to dig through a few to find one that works, but all in all, it is probably worth the effort.

8. Get free shipping on everything

Amazon started a deal called Amazon Prime a couple years ago. You pay $79 a year and get unlimited free shipping from them. If you are going to be doing a lot of online shopping, especially big ticket items, this may be worth your while.

What tips do you have to save money shopping online?

Photo by: Aller

  1. howard downs

    I couldn’t agree more, especially on the promo codes. They are like candy to me.

    Great post.
    God bless

  2. Brent

    Great tips. I hadn’t even though about some of them before, like #2. Keep the good tips coming!

  3. PT

    If you’re going to buy online then it’s a must to do a quick promo code search. I also like freeshipping.org for free shipping from many retailers.

  4. Steve

    You should add DeaLoco.com to the list of bargain hunting websites! We spend a lot of effort staying on top of expired deals so that you don’t have to.

  5. Sanatate

    Very useful info. Thanks

  6. John

    As an active shopper, i find coupon sites to be very useful to take advantage of special offers and discounts.

  7. Cheryl

    Wow! Great tips, Bob! I, too, like #2! I typically write down what I’m thinking of buying and sleep on it overnight (the Dave Ramsey give it 24 hours idea!), but I may sleep on it overnight in my cart now!

    Thanks again!

  8. Jessica

    Another great site for reviews is consumersearch.com

    They go through multiple sites with reviews and analyze the results (Amazon and Consumer Reports are both used).

  9. chris

    Great list. I love amazon prime. I you have little ones you can signup for Amazon Mom and get a few months of amazon prime. Great way to save on this years christmas shopping.

  10. DawnR

    Super ideas, Bob! Another site I can’t live without is http://www.freepricealerts.com!
    You can think of it as a Free browser tool that scours the Internet for the absolute lowest prices FOR you! I can’t even tell you how much I’ve saved shopping based on their recommendations so far. While I was browsing on Amazon (my usual shopping spot), I was alerted to deals saving me $100 on a Canon digital camera, $65 on the iPod Touch, and $30 on a Disney Princess doll for my daughter. Happy shopping!