Christmas is eight days away and shoppers will be scurrying to find the perfect gift for that special someone.
Amanda Rowell, local shopping expert, offers a few tips to make those last few frenzied days of shopping a little easier.
“Most retailers will have a coupon on their website for a percentage off in store,” she said.
“Simply show the cashier and they will scan your phone.”
“Most seem to think Black Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year,” she said.
“Statistics show that it is actually the Saturday before Christmas. If you’re looking to avoid crowds, you may want to rethink getting out this Saturday.”
“For instance, if you buy a $100 gift card, you will get a $25 card for free,” she said. “Also, many online coupon sites offer gift cards at a discounted rate, such as a $100 card for $80.”
“You will save a lot by not going in the store with a vague idea of what you want,” Rowell said. “Also, call the store ahead of time to make sure they have the item before wasting time and money to go search for it.
“This is great when shopping for teachers,” she said. “You’d be surprised at the quantity of presents you can make on a budget.”
“They print out with your receipt and usually offer discounts for the upcoming week, like 20 percent off your entire purchase,” she said. “Don’t just throw them in the trash. Save them.”
“For most places, it’s not too late to have your order shipped,” she said. “However, many retailers offer a free pick-up-in-store option. It’s like paying the in-store price with less the hassle.”
“Most young children do not care about how much an item cost and definitely don’t notice the name on the box,” she said. “If there is a cheaper brand that is comparable to the name brand go for it.”
“Check online for others’ prices or use the Amazon app and scan the item in store to get the Amazon price. If it’s lower, just tell your cashier at the checkout. Be patient as they may need to get their supervisor for approval.”
“Be sure to stay up-to-date on this so you can save big bucks,” she said.
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