With the holiday season upon us, many people are looking to save more money. Hopefully, this article will assist you in doing just that. There are several ways to save money that I have discovered. These fall into the following categories: Effective use of coupons, Reviewing weekend shopping flyers, Reviewing grocery store ads, and eBay. The trick is you should take advantage of using these individually and in conjunction with each other.
As you check out hotel deals and special prices you will get a peek at some of the best online deals and offers that will make your holidays more special and economical. Not only you will get the best deals on hotels and resorts you will get a discount on all your shopping as well.
Everyone knows of the coupons you see in the weekend inserts in your Sunday paper, but where else can you get quality coupons? One of the best places to check is at restaurant.com. Typically this site offers coupons for your local restaurants at 50% off ($25 gift certificate for $12.50), and sometimes even greater savings if you subscribe to the site. Usually once a month they will have a special where you can buy $25 gift certificates for $5! The key though is to read the conditions on these gift certificates. Many are only good on weekdays or with a minimum order. If you read all the conditions though you can save a lot of $ on meals, and we all know that it’s a lot easier to eat out while shopping for people on your Christmas list instead of going home and cooking a meal when you are tired. Another place to check for coupons is on eBay. Many times you can find 20 coupons for “buy one sandwich get one free” at local fast-food restaurants for $4-6 including shipping. Considering those 20 sandwiches would normally cost you $40-60 it’s a great deal. But, a word of caution, make sure you don’t just buy them because they are a good deal if it’s a restaurant you don’t like it’s not a good deal for you!
Another savings opportunity you will find in your local newspaper will usually come in both the Friday newspaper and the Sunday paper. This is the shopping circulars from local department stores. Make sure you check all of them before you go out to do your shopping. Set aside 45 minutes to an hour before you go shopping to write down where you find the best deals on each item. Many stores will “price match” (give you the same price advertised at another store if you show them the ad), this might be very helpful to take advantage of if they are having a special where it says “get x amount off if you spend x amount total”. If a local store in your area has that deal, make sure you ask about price matching as it would be a major advantage to you to do all your shopping at that store.
Similar to this is the Grocery store flyers. Keep in mind these are coming out earlier these days, they used to come in the papers or the mail just on Saturday/Sunday but now grocery stores usually run their specials from Thursday-Wednesday. The advantage is you have a couple of days to look over the ad to find the best deals before you shop and to see what coupons you have from the Sunday circulars I mentioned above. But the disadvantage is everyone is getting this opportunity, so if there is a great deal you don’t want to miss, don’t wait until Sunday to do your grocery shopping. Make sure you go Saturday or maybe even Friday night in that case.
Finally, remember I said you need to use the opportunities together? Well, eBay is the way to combine all of them. If you want extra coupons from the Sunday paper, check on eBay, someone is probably selling them at a discount price. Remember though make sure you are getting your money’s worth. If someone is selling 50 coupons of $1 off BBQ sauce for $10 you have to ask yourself “will I use 15 of these before the expiration date” (I say 15 because of shipping costs), if you won’t then it’s not a good deal for you. Speaking of shipping costs, check them closely on eBay, some people charge higher shipping costs than they should so they can avoid final listing fees on eBay. eBay is also a great spot as mentioned above to find restaurant gift certificates and coupons but again watch the shipping costs. Finally, when you find a great deal at a local department store in their flyer, check eBay first, there might be a better deal there.
To summarize, the holidays are a time of spending money. The question is though will you spend smart, or will you spend in excess? I hope my tips above will help you to spend smart!