Just because Black Friday and Cyber Monday are over doesn't mean your opportunities to save are gone. With these tips and tricks, you can be well-positioned to save all holiday season long. Read on for 15 ways to save and make money while doing your holiday shopping.
Get Price Alerts on Sale Items With BuyVia
The BuyVia app presents you with new deals every day from top retailers. If you are looking for a specific product or for deals at a specific store, you can add those parameters to your profile so the app will only show you the deals you care about. You can set up an alert for a product you want at a price point you are looking to purchase at, and BuyVia will notify you when it is available. You can also scan barcodes to find prices of the same product at other retailers, and find relevant coupons based on your location.
Compare Hundreds of Weekly Circulars at Once With Flipp
Flipp puts the weekly circulars of 800 retailers all in one place, so you can compare prices right on your phone or tablet. Use the app to search for a specific product, or see what deals are happening at your favorite store. You can also use the app to add coupons directly to your rewards cards.
Browse Gilt for High-End Gifts at Heavy Discounts
Gilt sells high-end fashion items for men, women and children at discounts of up to 70 percent off the retail price. You can also find unique home gifts and discounted luxury experiences such as spa and travel packages. You can also set your own preferences for what brands and products you'd like to see most. Plus, Gilt also often has flash sales and discount codes for added savings.
Search for the Best Prices Using Google Shopping
Instead of going directly to a retailer's site, search for the product you want to buy on Google Shopping. Google will show you the lowest listed price on whatever item you want, as well as all the retailers you can purchase it from. It's comparison shopping in just one click.
Automatically Get Price Rebates With Paribus
Paribus is a service that will automatically monitor your purchases and check for any price adjustment claims you may be eligible for. The service (available via app or desktop) scans 30 retailers for price drops, and if you are eligible for a rebate, Paribus will make a claim on your behalf. Simply sign up for Paribus using the email address where you receive your online shopping receipts — it's free to use, and you keep 100 percent of the rebate.
Take Advantage of Price Matching
Some retailers will give you money back even if the item is available for less at a competitor's store. To save yourself from paying too much for an item, stick to shopping at stores that offer price matching guarantees, such as Walmart, Target and Best Buy.
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Find Designer Clothing on Sale With Shop It To Me
Search by trend, size or product type using Shop It To Me, a website/newsletter service that combs online retailers to find the best deals on top brands, including Tory Burch, Kate Spade and Ray-Ban. Browse the site to see the full range of products available, or sign up for the email newsletter to receive products selected personally for you based on size and brand preference.
Shop Smart to Avoid Paying Shipping Fees
Shipping fees are an unnecessary expense that can usually be avoided. Many retailers offer free shipping year-round, and many of the ones that do not offer free in-store pickup.
You can also sign up for Shoprunner, which has partnered with hundreds of stores to provide free two-day shipping and returns. Finally, Paribus tracks deliveries from Amazon and Walmart. If your package arrives later than the guaranteed delivery date, Paribus reaches out to the merchant, making you eligible for a refund of any shipping fees associated with your order.
Get Deals as You Shop With Shopular
The Shopular app uses location-based services to provide you with relevant coupons in real time. If you walk into a store that currently has a promotion or coupon, Shopular will automatically notify you, so you don't miss out on any potential savings. You can also choose what type of deals you want to receive, and deals and coupons can be redeemed straight from your phone.
Browse Millions of Discounted Products With Wish
Sign up for Wish with Facebook, Google or your email address, and gain access to millions of majorly discounted products picked especially for you. Wish gives you three ways to save: with hourly deals, by spinning the "Deal Dash" wheel to receive additional discounts, and by browsing a wide array of products on the website or app. Many of the discounts are over 90 percent off.
Get Daily Coupons With Snap by Groupon
The Snap by Groupon app updates daily with the best coupons and deals that are currently available at many major retailers, including Macy's, Walmart and Target. The digital offers promoted by Snap can be redeemed both in-store and online, so you can save no matter what shopping method you choose.
Buy Pre-Owned Clothes and Accessories
Thrift stores sell lots of unique items for prices that are much lower than what you would have to pay for a new item. You can now browse for secondhand gifts online too, using sites like thredUP — which is the largest online consignment store — and The RealReal, which sells pre-owned luxury designer goods at up to 90 percent off.
Get New Deals Every Day With Zulily
Zulily partners with up-and-coming brands as well as household name brands to offer shoppers deals of up to 70 percent off on unique gifts, ranging from cameras to Cirque du Soleil tickets. New sales are launched every day at 6 a.m., so there's always something new for members to shop on the site or app. All you need to sign up for free is your email address.
Sign Up to Get Email Newsletters From Your Favorite Retailers
Many retailers send you freebies and coupons when you sign up to receive emails from them. Plus, you'll be the first to find out about upcoming sales, and receive promo codes for discounts and other savings.
Use Discounted Gift Cards to Do Your Holiday Shopping
Sites like Raise.com sell gift cards at discounted rates. While you can give the gift card as a gift itself, you can also use the gift card as currency to do your holiday shopping.