With the Holidays literally just around the corner here are a few excellent last-minute tips for saving a few bucks and keeping as much of your hard-earned cash in your wallet where it belongs instead of under the tree.
First, the 10 days right before Christmas day are the days that make up 40 % of most retailerâ€™s holiday sales.Â The truth is, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are great but there are still a ton of great deals out there that will save you some big bucks. Free shipping if you order before a certain date, for example, and many other discounts are made available to entice shoppers to open their wallets just a little bit wider.
Many retail stores mark down many of their products to clearance prices in the last few days before the 25th to try and boost their year-end sales figures.Â Of course there is always the risk that they will run out of stock so make sure that you check back frequently.
Some retailers will offer extra cash if you buy a gift card and some supermarkets that also have gas stations will give you a discount on gas or even a gift card of some type if you purchase a specific amount of gas.
During the holidays many larger retailers like Wal-Mart and Target will offer price matching on any competitorâ€™s ad.Â This not only saves you money due to the price match but also because you wonâ€™t need to drive from store to store getting the deals that you want.Â Youâ€™ll also want to hold onto your receipts because many stores will offer you a money back guarantee that if the product you purchased goes on sale within 30 days they will give you the difference back in cash.
Be prepared when you shop and have a plan before you enter the stores so that youâ€™ll be more apt to stick to your budget.Â Simply put, retailers will do whatever they can to entice you to spend more and, if you donâ€™t have a plan, the temptation will be that much greater.
Finally, the days just after the 25th are some of the best days of the year to purchase all sorts of things including clothing, accessories, toys, decorations and so forth. Some of the discounts can be a phenomenal 75% or more so make sure you head out if youâ€™re looking for excellent deals.