10 Money Saving Tips for Holiday Shopping

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I’m sharing these money saving tips for holiday shopping because Christmas will be here in just a few months.  This post has been sponsored by Coinstar who help me stay on top of my holiday savings.  All opinions are mine and mine alone.

Every year, Christmas sneaks up on me.  I promise myself that I will start saving money and shopping in July.  One day I look at the calendar and it’s November and I wonder where the time has gone. All of a sudden, I have a huge list of things that I need to buy and no extra money in the bank.  These are a few of the money saving tips for holiday shopping that I use.

money saving tips for holiday shopping

Money Saving Tips for Holiday Shopping

  • Start early. It is easier to put away $5 a week every week starting in February than $50 a week every week starting in October.
  • Check out the clearance section every time you shop.  You can find some pretty amazing deals on clearance if you check consistently.
  • Free samples make great stocking stuffers. Every time I see a free sample offer that I think my kids would enjoy, I set it aside and use it as a stocking stuffer.
  • Homemade gifts can make wonderful choices for some people.  Gifts in a jar, homemade beauty products, or even homemade Christmas cards are great ideas.
  • Make a list and stick to it. It’s easy to go overboard and get “just one or two more things”.  Make a list and then buy what’s on the list.
  • Research the best prices online.  You’ll save time and money if you check the prices at several online websites before heading out to the store.
  • Shop Black Friday sales if you can.  Some years, the crowds are just too much for me but you can find amazing deals on Black Friday.
  • Cyber Monday is the online equivalent of Black Friday.  Many websites have amazing deals on this day.
  • Buy second hand.  Not everyone will appreciate a second hand gift but some will.  A vintage book from the thrift store or a cute set of China teacups from the antique store might thrill someone on your list.
  • Turn your spare change into cash vouchers.  Coinstar kiosks provide a range of services enabling consumers to transform what they have into what they want.
Money Saving Tips for Holiday Shopping

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  • Turn loose coins into cash vouchers
  • Deposit, withdraw and transfer funds to and from PayPal accounts
  • Donate to charity partners like American Red Cross, the Ronald McDonald House, and The Humane Society
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Have you started planning for the hoildays?



  1. Jennifer Wagner says
    Not only do I research the best prices online, I buy almost everything online. I can't deal with crowded stores, and actually I do most of my own shopping, except for clothes online. It is so much easier. 
  2. Is it time to start thinking about holiday shopping already? Eek! Love these tips. I find that I do most of my shopping online since you can find deals & promo codes.
  3. These are great tips. Thanx for sharing! I can't believe the holidays are almost here.
  4. Nancy Polanco (@WhispersInspire) says
    Oh gosh, I haven't even thought of the holidays just yet. I'm still on holiday myself, so kinda enjoying it. I usually start in November.
  5. awesome tips!!  i'm great at overspending so planning ahead is key for me.  
  6. I buy all year round. Like you said about checking the clearance section. I have been buying on ebay used video games for the kids.
  7. Kelly Stilwell says
    I do quite a few of these, but could do more. I love making cookies in a jar for my neighbors. I need to go from a list, too, or I will overdo it.
  8. Heather @ It's a Lovely Life! says
    Seriously I was just thinking about this. It's time to start planning for Christmas presents! I normally compare prices online and sales ads to get the best prices. The past couple years I have purchased most of my gifts online and it really helps with prices and convenience.
  9. I hate trying to budget around this time of year. Good tips, thanks!
  10. Yep, I definitely have planned for the holidays. Many stores here already have their holiday toys and decor out now. No black friday sales for me. I like Cyber Monday better. The rebates from shopping online like through Ebates or Shopathome.com plus the cashback percentage from my credit card I'm set!
  11. I have definitely been working hard to save and plan for Christmas this year. It always amazes me how much loose change adds up. I've been lucky enough to have won a few gift card giveaways this year so those will come in so handy for Christmas shopping. 
  12. I can't believe Christmas is so soon! I was in Kohl's the other day and was shocked to see the ornaments out. I love your idea of looking through the clearance section every time you're at the store!
  13. Hi there! I found your post on Pinterest. These are great idea's. Christmas is over this year and i'll start shopping early next year. I plan to do 2014 way different than the passed few years. Thanks for sharing!

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