Money tight? Tricks to help you save a lot on holiday gifts

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When it comes to holiday gifting, we’re all on the hunt for a good bargain. Instead of jumping from site to site and hoping to find the best deal, let technology do the work for you.

1. An easy way to find coupons

Just google “coupon codes” once to see how annoying and time consuming it can be to find one that actually works. Honey is a browser extension that finds voucher codes for over 30,000 online retailers. It works with Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Edge, and Opera.

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Honey connects to coupon databases and checks them against expiration dates and current promotions. When a matching coupon is found, it’s automatically applied during checkout. I use it myself and have saved a lot over the years.

Download Honey here.

2. Shop smart on Amazon

If you shop on Amazon a lot, you probably have a Prime account. Here are some of our favorite perks included with the subscription. Either way, here are three quick ways to save.

  • When you’re shopping, look for the coupon checkbox near the price of the item. If you click, a virtual coupon will be applied.
  • Select a later ship date to get credit for future orders or media at checkout. When you select a delivery date, you’ll see any incentives available for no-rush delivery.
  • Amazon Warehouse sells returned or slightly used items at deep discounts. You can use your Prime benefits for free shipping, and there’s a good return policy. Click or click here to check out some items from Amazon Warehouse.

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3. Sign up for the app or their email list

Your favorite store probably has its own app. You may find some sales or promotional discounts that you won’t hear about anywhere else, along with coupons or offers for loyal shoppers.

The same goes for signing up for your favorite store’s email newsletter or following them on social media.

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4. Use a cashback app

There are a lot of apps out there that will actually pay you for what you buy. Some pay in gift cards that you can spend anywhere, others in specific points or credit for future purchases.

A popular choice is Ibotta, which offers cash back in-store and online for purchases at retailers and travel sites like Home Depot, Best Buy, Walmart, Kohl’s, Hotels.com, and Priceline.

You can shop using the Ibotta browser extension or app for online purchases. Click or tap here for direct download links. To withdraw your outstanding savings, you must be greater than $20. You can also transfer money to your PayPal account or to a gift card purchased through the Ibotta app.

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Friends having fun celebrating Christmas, sitting at the table, eating food, drinking wine and having fun while spending time together during the winter holidays
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5. Set a Google Alert

Google Alerts allows you to track keywords online and alert you when they are mentioned. This can be useful if you have your eye on something specific. For example, you can set one up to track AirPods Sale. You will receive an alert in your inbox whenever it is mentioned.

  • Head to Google.com/alerts and sign in.
  • Choose Key words to track, then select Show options.
  • Decide how often you’ll receive alerts, sources, and more.
  • Choose Create an alert to terminate operations.

Alerts is a great free tool from Google. However, my favorite is Google Voice. Tap or click here to see the ways Google Toll Free Number makes life easier.

6. Track prices to see if this deal is worth it

Apps and extensions that pull coupon codes are great, but CamelCamelCamel goes one step further. It tracks prices on Amazon over time, so you can see if that announced special offer is worth it.

Let’s say you’ve got your eye on expensive noise-canceling headphones. You can use the CamelCamelCamel website or browser extension to see how the price has fluctuated. This way, you will not pay more than what may be sold later.

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Click or tap here for direct download links and more tricks to get the most out of this handy tool.

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