With the flurry of the holiday season kicking into overdrive, the spending can easily get away from you. Sara Skirboll of RetailMeNot joined us in the studio with ways to shop smart and save during the bussiest shopping time of the year. The average holiday shopper plans to spend $141 per gift this year, and will purchase gifts for an average of 8 people. That amounts to more than $1,100 in gift purchases alone that people need to budget for, not to mention other holiday related costs like decorations and attending parties. According to a recent RetailMeNot survey, nearly 6 in 10 (55%) people plan to shop on Black Friday this year, so shoppers should prepare a game plan to maximize their savings!
- Make a list and check it twice:Create a gift recipient list with a few ideas for each person so that you can take advantage of discounted items as you see them and keep track of your budget. Helpful list making apps: Christmas Gift List for Android or ChristmasList for iOS
- Get the down-low on deals:Arm yourself with tools that do the legwork of finding deals for you! Download the RetailMeNot Coupons app to access thousands of coupons and digital rebates from the palm of your hand – just show your smartphone at checkout to save. Also, sign up for the RetailMeNot newsletter to get the best offers delivered straight to your inbox.
- Divide & Conquer: Don’t try to do all of your shopping in one day.Black Friday is a good deal day for electronics, apparel and beauty so focus on those categories – especially on deals 40% off or more – and do the rest of your shopping in December. Toys and winter apparel will tend to drop in price the closer we get to the holiday, so it’s good wait on those.
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