I’m a big fan of frugality, and an easy way to do this is with coupons. Many people only seem to think that coupons work for groceries or household commodities, but coupons are great ways to save on holiday gifts.
This may sound cheap, but I think it is perfectly acceptable to get a deal on a gift to give to someone. Here are some simple ways to save money this holiday season with coupons or other discounts.
The first thing you should look at are the holiday coupon books that most retailers send out in mid-November. They major toy stores and retailers all put together a package of toys that they think will be the hot sellers this year. The usually mail these out to their best, most loyal customers, but you can also usually pick up extra copies at their customer service counters or registers.
Inside these coupon books are great coupons for toys and other hot holiday items, like electronics and even kitchen appliances. With the push to online shopping, some retailers may even include active coupon codes inside the catalogs.
During this time of year, many manufacturers will also offer coupons on their products, or other special discounts. This is the time when manufacturers can clear out their current inventory and start getting ready for the new year. That is why you sometimes see great offers directly from the manufacturer.
Beyond coupons, you may also find special purchases, such as bundle sets, put together by the manufacturer. Right now, there are some great bundles around televisions, especially with bundling together Blu-Ray players or soundbars.
There are always online coupons to different retailers that you may be able to take advantage of this holiday season. For some, there are many online only retailers that will try to be competitive this holiday season. Some will offer discounts directly, but others will require you to find coupons for them.
For example, Amazon.com may offer discounted pricing or free shipping automatically for certain qualifying orders. However, other online stores may make you download free shipping codes in order to get the same deal. Just make sure that you are looking around for the best deals.
Finally, don’t hesitate to shop around and see where you can get the best deal. Some stores, like Costco, may offer the lowest regular price, but other stores may offer coupons or bundles that make it a better deal.
Price matching will also be huge this holiday season, with most retailers agreeing to match each others prices on almost all items. The difference will inevitably be made up by coupons and other promos, and you’ll just have to be vigilant to find the best ones. With the price match strategy, I think there will be an increase in coupon offers promoted to customers at just about every store.
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