Last Updated on September 19, 2020 by Ellen Christian
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.
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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
- 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.
Coinstar has just announced four new no-fee card-to-coin eCertificate partners: Applebee’s, GameStop, The Home Depot, and Southwest Airlines. GameStop is always on my teens’ Christmas list so you know that I am going to be cashing in on that one. You can also:
- 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
- Redeem coins and cash for other eCertficates or gift cards at retailers like Amazon, Old Navy, Toys“R”Us, Starbucks, and Nike, without an additional fee
- Use MyCoinstar, a free online account available through Coinstar, to track their coin counting history, receive exclusive offers from top brands, and get a sneak peek at Coinstar promotions
Have you started planning for the hoildays?
Ellen is a busy mom of a 24-year-old son and 29-year-old daughter. She owns six blogs and is addicted to social media. She believes that it doesn’t have to be difficult to lead a healthy life. She shares simple healthy living tips to show busy women how to lead fulfilling lives. If you’d like to work together, email email@example.com to chat.