Holiday Shopping Savings Tips

With a mere two weeks until Christmas, it may feel like it’s too late to save money AND finish your holiday shopping. But fear not! While Black Friday and Cyber Monday are long gone, there are still ways you can get your gift shopping done without breaking the bank.

Many online merchants push the deals right up to the last minute, so you can continue to shop from the comfort of your couch. For the latest discounts make sure you check out those e-mails from retailers you usually ignore. Plus, look for free shipping and save a few more dollars. Concerned gifts won’t make it on time? Most online stores will tell you when to expect packages and what the final order date is for delivery in time for Christmas.

Of course the best way to ensure you get your gifts on time is to shop locally. Watch your mail for coupons from major retailers looking to pull you in before the holidays. Many stores are offering BOGO deals (buy one, get one) for everything from shoes to toys. Split the purchase with a friend and you both save money!

Shopping locally is also a great way to support small businesses! You might be surprised to find great values waiting for you right around the corner.

If you want to skip the stores altogether, consider getting crafty with these ideas for DIY gifts. Or spend some time in the kitchen, making one of these homemade food gifts from Country Living perfect for friends, neighbors, teachers, co-workers, or holiday hostesses.

How do you save money on holiday gifts?

P.S. Want to get a head start on NEXT year’s holidays? Shop the day after Christmas for seasonal items offered at huge discounts!

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