4 Easy Ways to Save on Christmas Shopping

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Black Friday is over, and that means that there won't be any more sales for the rest of the year! I mean, now that Black Friday (which should actually be called Black-and-Blue Thursday and Friday) is over and gone, everything is going to get super expensive, and you're more than likely going to need to reply to the “Foot Model” posting on Craigslist to make some more money.

Just pull your phone out and take a few sample shots while you're reading this article.

OK. So that's not all true (except for the “Black Friday is now Black-and-Blue Thursday and Friday), There will totally be more sales before Christmas comes around. You've got Super Saturday to look forward to (the last Saturday before Christmas), and if you're lucky, more stores will do what Toys”R”Us did a couple of years ago.

But if you opt for staying safe, here are a few ways you can save some money on your final Christmas purchases.

 

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RetailMeNot

Mom of two Kristi K. uses RetailMeNot.com to save on her holiday shopping. “They always have coupon codes to get extra discounts,” she said. I honestly had never heard of the site, but when I looked at it, I saw a lot of options for coupons you can use instantly, and it allows you to sync to your smartphone through their app so it can “learn” your shopping preferences and provide more customized coupons.

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Ebates.com

I heard of this site from one of my favorite frugal moms, Jordan over at Fun, Cheap or Free, and it honestly sounds too good to be true.

Apparently, all you do is sign up and shop as you normally do at stores like Amazon through the site, and then the site gives you cash back.

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Screenshot via ZingSale.com

Sign up for sale alerts

I made a vow with myself this Christmas to not buy a single thing that wasn't on sale, and while my intentions were good, it was hard to follow through because I found myself logging on to sites every morning to see what was on sale. “How nice it would be,” I thought to my frugal self, “if there was a way I could just get sale alerts on the items I want.”

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Well, apparently, that is a thing, you guys. A quick Google search later, and I found about a million different types of sale alert websites, like ZingSale,

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Thrift it

Did you guys know you can shop Goodwill online? I had no idea that was possible, but, apparently, it is! The site works kind of like eBay, with bids from potential buyers. But I searched around and found a lot of hot-ticket Christmas toys, like Elsa's Frozen Ice Palace, which was listed for only $46 as compared to $100 at Walmart. That's more than 50% savings! 

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4 Easy Ways to Save on Christmas Shopping

Chaunie Brusie is a writer, mom of four, and founder of The Stay Strong Mom, a community + gift box service for moms after loss. ... More

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