Holiday shopping looks a little different this year. Everything costs more money, there are shortages and shipping delays as we deal with the pandemic for another year. But you can still spread holiday cheer, stay on a budget and enjoy the holidays. Read on for some tips for saving money and being a smart shopper this year.
Be a Frequent Shopper
Almost every store has a frequent shopper program that includes digital access to coupons and rewards. For a small investment of your time in registering for them, these programs can make your shopping a lot more reasonable. For example, CVS Pharmacy has a Care Pass program that gives $10 per month in rewards and tons of coupons such ExtraBucks. CarePass also allows you to get free shipping on pharmacy and online purchases which has been great during the pandemic. I recently got three bags of Christmas candy for under $20, saving $30 with coupons. I have also used Michaels, Eddie Bauer and Kohls a lot this season and saved a ton.
Shop Reseller Sites
Websites such as EBay and Poshmark have many items that are new with tags which makes them perfect for gifting. You can support the reseller community, save the planet and save some money by shopping these sites. If keeping perfectly good clothing and household goods out of landfills is important to you or the people you are buying gifts for shop reseller sites. In addition, the items are in stock and ready to ship so you know the merchandise will be there by Christmas.
Subscribe to Amazon Prime
With the shipping costs going up, it is worth it to get Amazon Prime. I have resisted but recently bought myself a membership and I am happy I did. In addition to quick shipping and free shipping which is often included in your membership, I also use the Whole Foods easy pick up and discounts.
Prime members enjoy:
- Fast, free delivery
- Watch thousands of movies and TV shows with Prime Video
- Stream millions of songs and thousands of playlists
- Also get free Kindle e-books, unlimited photo storage, exclusive access to deals, Twitch, and much more