5 Awesome Christmas Gift Giving Tools That Will Save You Money
Whether we like it or not, the Christmas shopping season is finally upon us. In fact, our local Costco has had displays out since mid-August – which is nuts, but a different topic for a different day. Since we want to spend less than the “average” on our Christmas shopping, we look for Christmas gift giving tools that will help us reduce what we do spend over the next few weeks.
It’s not that we’re trying to be cheap, rather we look for ways to save money so we’re not spending more than we should.
You Can Use Christmas Gift Giving Tools To Help You Save Real Money
I believe it’s relatively simple to save at least 10-15%, if not more, on your Christmas shopping. If you follow the average spending of almost $900, (as of 2014 according to the American Research Group) then you’re talking saving anywhere from $90-$135. That’s real money and thus makes it worth it to seek out ways to save.
We aren’t into saving money at any cost as saving time matters to us as well. I look for tools that will save me both time and money when I go Christmas shopping. With that being said, below are some of my favorite sites or apps we use to help us save money on Christmas shopping.
Don’t let the odd name fool you, CamelCamelCamel, is a great tool to use to help you save money on Christmas gift giving. CamelCamelCamel helps you analyze prices on Amazon – if you’d like to read about more ways to save money on Amazon, check out 15 hacks to save money on Amazon this Christmas. That being said, some of the more specific features of CamelCamelCamel are:
- You can sign up to get price alerts when prices on Amazon go down
- You can sync it to your Amazon wish list to watch for prices
- They have a browser extension to compare prices as you surf the web
- The site lists out real-time biggest price drops on Amazon
These are just a few of the features of the site, and it offers many more. If you use Amazon for a majority of your Christmas shopping, especially things like Christmas gift ideas for your kids then this can be a handy site to use.
You can even pair the deals you find with getting a little cash back on your purchases on Amazon. Shopping portals like Swagbucks and Ebates allow you to get up to 7% cash back on certain categories at Amazon. Pair the savings and cash back to save even more money!
This isn’t a tool, per se, but it does work. One of my go-to’s for saving money is simply leaving the site I’m on after putting something in the shopping cart I’m interested in buying. You’ve likely heard about this tactic from others, but it can work – though it varies by retailer. It also might not work for you timing wise if you’re looking specifically for last minute Christmas gift ideas but if you do have time it can work in your favor.
Many retailers will email you a coupon code to return to finish your shopping. I’ve seen offers ranging anywhere from free shipping to 25 percent off so it can save you real money. You can also work this in live chat with retailers. Simply ask what discount codes they can offer as the worst they can say is they’re currently not offering any.
Pronto.com is a newer tool I’ve come to use for our Christmas gift giving needs. Another in the line of comparison sites, Pronto lets you compare prices on more than 70 million products across the web. Like CamelCamelCamel, they offer a browser extension as well as email alerts when prices go down but in Pronto’s case it’s from a variety of sites.
The thing I really like about this tool is you can use it to compare prices on Amazon (though I have found that Amazon usually wins the fight).
Amazon’s app is my go-to tool for Christmas gift giving when I’m shopping. I love that it allows you to scan a barcode and comparison shop on the go. I’ll do this to compare prices and read reviews. If you like to give reviews on Amazon purchases, check out Snagshout. Snagshout allows you to get discounts on Amazon purchases if you leave an honest review on Amazon and indicate that you received said discount.
I also like to have different options to use and my next go-to is RedLaser. Just as with the Amazon app, RedLaser allows you to scan any barcode but it compares prices from many different retailers online.
The other feature I like about RedLaser is that it suggests other product options and accessories, which can help if you’re not sold on a specific brand or wanting to give a more complete gift. There is one drawback with the app though in that I’ve read and seen that it can be difficult to get products from local retailers. So, if you’re looking for a last minute Christmas gift this may not be the app for you.
I absolutely hate to pay for shipping. I will do what I can to avoid it, other than spending more to get it of course, as it just another way for the retailer to make money off of me. That is what I love about FreeShipping.org.
FreeShipping is a go-to Christmas gift giving tool for me as they have coupon codes to roughly 4,000 retailers. These apply for free shipping of course, but also offer other discount codes for many retailers. FreeShipping has a great search feature that allows you to see who offers free shipping and other related discounts. Just make sure not to spend more to get the free shipping as that’ll negate any savings you’d be getting. You can also get the same free two-day shipping when you sign up for a free 30 day trial of Amazon Prime – without the spending requirements.
Saving money on Christmas shopping is a no-brainer in my opinion as it is always easy to overspend on holidays. There are many Christmas gift giving tools available to help you save money, you just need to find what works best for you.
What do you do to save money on your Christmas gift giving? Do you have a favorite site or app you use? How cheap is too cheap when it comes to Christmas shopping in your opinion?
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