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It's possible to save money even if you pass on those Black Friday sales. In fact, retailers such as Amazon, Toys "R" Us and Wal-Mart will have better prices as it gets closer to Christmas. Most experts say you’ll find the best prices from December 18 through December 24. And if you were eyeing a big purchase such as an HDTV you'd be better off waiting until January or even early February as this is when you’ll find their best prices. The same thing is true of winter clothing, high-end gaming laptops and furniture. You say that your significant other is expecting one of these high-ticket items for Christmas? Then how about giving him or her a gift card for the equivalent amount of money so they could go shopping after the holidays and get more bang for their buck?
Buy discounted gift cards
Did you know that the most requested gift item for the past eight years is gift cards?. You can find them selling at discounted prices on sites such as GiftCards.com, CardCash and Raise. You could use these cards to save money on your shopping or give them as gifts. Gift Card Granny and Cardhub are sites where you will find which card reseller has the best deals. For example, a Bath & Body Works gift card valued at $100 was recently selling for $83.01 on SaveYa. That would save you 17% next time you shop at Bath & Body Works. Do be aware that some of the used gift cards will have funds remaining on them. If you get one of these cards to use as a gift your recipient could see it was used. To maximize the odds you are getting a new card opt for one with a face value of $25, $30, $50 and so and not one that shows a face value like $15.44.
Take advantage of Amazon Prime
If you’ve been shying away from Amazon Prime because of the $99 annual fee you might want to rethink this. Membership in Amazon Prime has numerous benefits including early access to sales and free-two day shipping. Plus, the prices on Amazon Prime are almost always better than what you would pay in a retail outlet. For that matter, you can avoid the $99 annual fee by signing up for a free 30-day membership and then cancel out after your holiday shopping.
Look for discounted non-gift items
You can save on stuff during the holiday shopping season that isn't just for gifting. You will find a lot of non-gift items marked down so you could save money on the stuff you buy every day. As an example of this, many online drugstores offer holiday sales, which would allow you to stock up on the basic household products and bath and toiletries you use throughout the year. Groupon and Aster Wines have big online sales every holiday season. Take advantage of them and you could stock up on wine for the rest of the year or save a few dollars on the bottles you’ll need to take to your holiday parties.
What’s really important is to learn all the tips you can for saving money on your holiday shopping. That way, you won't find your checking account sitting on empty by New Year's day. Or you won't be buried under an avalanche of credit card bills come the end of January.