All you want for Christmas is a good deal. And with so many gifts to give, it can be tough to snag a steal. Smile through stress with these 3 shopping secrets (you’ll want to check this list twice):
• Click and clip.
Retailers distributed 2.9 billion coupons in 2013, with distribution growing each year. In other words, coupons are easy to find— take advantage. Whether you go online or use the classic clipping method to scour for sales, take the extra time to find the best price.
Search engines are a simple way to start.
Search for your item with add-on words like “sale” and “coupon” and you could save in seconds. Remember to stop after the first results page — if a legit coupon exists, it will be there. If the classic Google search fails, hop over to RetailMeNot or Price Grabber. If you’re a paper person, check out The Krazy Coupon Lady’s clip tips. They’ll do the work for you.
• Take your time.
Health and wellness products, athletic apparel and electronic items are going to be hot this year. Buy those items first to make sure you don’t miss out and keep a lookout for promotions.
Big-ticket health and beauty items, like electric toothbrushes and water flossers, are cheapest during peak sale times. Brave Black Friday or last-minute holiday sales to get a bargain.
• Buy in bulk.
You can spend up to 36% less on stocking stuffer staples if you head to your local wholesale store. Warehouses are stocked with toothpaste, toothbrushes, floss and all the other traditional trimmings. Every member of the family will be set for a holiday of healthy smiles.
We want to hear your shopping secrets — dish in the comments section.