The holidays can make us feel like kids again: excited, eager and full of wonder. Unfortunately, as adults, we can’t rely on Santa Claus to make our holiday wishes come true. For many people, this season is a time of great stress as we try to budget and make everyone happy at the same time. It doesn’t have to be that way. A few online sources and sites can help you save money as you stuff stockings.
Online Rebate Sites
Wouldn’t it be great if you could earn money for shopping? With online rebate sites, you can do just that. Sites like eBates and Mr.Rebates allow you to browse your favorite online stores and get cash back. Create an account, sign in and access your favorite stores through the rebate site to start earning cash, deals and discounts.
Instead of hosting or visiting a yard sale, join a penny auction! These auctions have benefits for both sellers and buyers. Because bidders are required to pay a small fee for each bid, auctioneers can increase their profit without much risk. Buyers are able to take advantage of low prices and a wide selection all from their computer. Penny auctions are a great way to sell Christmas presents that just aren’t your taste and to do a bit of last minute shopping. Learn more about popular penny auctions such as HappyBidDay and OrangeBidz.
Most of us do some kind of comparison shopping before making a big purchase like a car, house or even computer. To save money this holiday season, be sure to use comparison shopping sites for all your purchases, from big to small. You can find the best rate for each item by using Google’s shopping page. Simply search as usual and click the “shopping” tab next to images and maps. From there you can narrow down results using price, seller and more. Nextag is another popular site for your comparison shopping search. They even compare hotel prices for you.
Discount Shoe Stores
Women and men alike love receiving a pair of new, fashionable shoes for the holidays. But how can you gift stylish brands without the big price tag? Skip the mall and big box stores. Head to discount sites like 6pm.com for your best deal. Here you’ll find a range of shoe types, sizes and prices for everyone on your list. Each shoe is accompanied by a video description as well.
Facebook Fixed Auctions
Some of the best accessory and clothing stores operate only through fixed Facebook auctions. Doing so allows them to offer the best deals thanks to lower overhead. You don’t have to live in a major metropolitan city to find the trendiest gifts. Search Facebook for popular pages like Accessory Concierge and Accessory Auctions. These pages feature the biggest trends, making them an ideal gift for any fashionista on your list. You can bid on any item for its list price, pay via PayPal and receive it on your door step in days. Keep your eyes peeled for flash sales, which are major markdowns that auctions only host for a few hours or so.
Goodwill Online Auction
Goodwills all over the country post their donations on Shopgoodwill.com. Here you can rummage through a variety of categories and score big. It isn’t uncommon to find gold jewelry and fur coats at rock-bottom prices. If you love low prices but hate rummaging through items, the online version of Goodwill is perfect for you. Best of all, you are helping to support Goodwill’s training and employment programs for disabled and underprivileged adults. Be sure to browse the seasonal section for holiday decor!
Saving money while checking off your holiday list is easier than ever thanks to sites like these. You will love doing shopping from the comfort of your own home. Who needs Black Friday? A few clicks and a little know-how will help you maintain that budget and make your loved ones smile.