ways to save during the holdiays

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Today's post is all about how to save money on your holiday shopping. I love shopping for presents for people. I think it is so fun to pick out the perfect gift for someone. While I am out shopping for people, I always trying to find ways to save some money. Over the past couple years, I have discovered some great tips for how to save on holiday shopping. I hope you learn something new today! It's lots of text, but I promise it's worth it to read (hint: giveaway)!

1. Split up gift sets. Gift sets are handy when shopping for multiple reasons. First, if you want to buy someone nail polish for a gift, it is cheaper to buy it in a prepackaged set rather than individually. Second, while it is easy to wrap and give as one gift to one person, that is not the only option. Say you have three sisters you are shopping for... buy one gift set of nail polish and one of perfume rollerballs. Split them up to give each person one nail polish and one perfume and you have three gifts done!

2. Never pay for shipping. Paying for shipping on items online can add $5+ dollars to your shopping total. Order from more than one store that charges for shipping and your cost just went way up! I recommend to always Google before you purchase -- you may find a code online somewhere  that you can use for free shipping. If you cannot find a code, see if you can find the item on a different site that does offer free shipping. Another idea is to ship it to a store for pickup. Normally this is free of charge and as long as the store is not far away, it is very convenient!

3. Utilize Groupon. Most people do not know that Groupon has a goods section. You can buy clothing, electronics, accessories, sports memorabilia, beauty products, and more all at a discount! While this is maybe not the best option if you are searching for something specific, it is great if you just are looking for something general. Say you want to buy your mom some perfume. Groupon has the Vera Wang Princess perfume marked down from $55 to $26.99. Or, let's say your guy wants a new watch. You can buy him a 2-Piece Joshua and Sons Watch Set for only $49.99. (The actual retail value is $595!)  Want to be the coolest Aunt? How about a battery operated bike marked down from $199.99 to $59.99.

Now that you have learned how to saved tons of money while shopping, how about a chance to win an Amazon gift card!? The Good Stuff 2014 Holiday Sweepstakes is running from now until 12/25 and they are giving away a total of $800 to Amazon! Also, if you are still looking for ideas for the people on your shopping list check out their gift guide catalog which includes budget friendly gifts, gifts for enthusiasts, and hostess gifts!

Don't forget to enter the giveaway for your chance to win $100 each week or the grand prize of $500 to Amazon!

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31 thoughts

  1. I think anyway you can save money is great Darcy and these are some good ideas xox

    I hope you are well, have a lovely day <3

  2. that first tip about splitting up gift packages is actually so genius. These are such good tips!! Thanks xx

    The Life of Little Me

  3. Thanks for the tips, Darcy! They're very helpful. I will keep these in mind when I go shopping =)

  4. Great tips! Thanks for sharing


  5. Such such good advice, will definitely try No. 2 :)


  6. Awesome tips, babe! Hope you're having a great Tuesday!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  7. Really great tips girl - not paying for shipping is key!!

  8. Perfect post I am always looking for ways to save and this was extremely helpful!

  9. Groupon is the BEST! I bought one yesterday to use at a store I was going to anyway...it must have read my mind ;)

  10. Great tips, girly!

    xo Kylie

  11. I totally split up gift sets and definitely never pay for shipping. Amazon prime is the best!

  12. I love the idea of splitting up gift sets! So smart! And I hate paying for shipping so I avoid it whenever I can! I have looked at Groupon's good section a little but I need to check it out more!

  13. These are great tips - and even shopping online normally - I try to only shop from places with free shipping or ship to store for free!!!!! But there have been so many free shipping great promos lately :)

  14. I've seen some gift sets at Sam's Club I thought would be perfect to split up. Great idea!

  15. Such great tips! I love group on!

  16. These are wonderful tips!! Groupon is great, and I never pay for shipping! If you wait awhile, promotions on shipping are always being ran!

  17. These are all such great ideas!! I have definitely been surfing groupon!

    <3 Shannon

  18. I just discovered Groupon and it's great…but the shipping takes forever! I ordered something over 2 weeks ago and it isn't here yet. But I also love looking on Google for coupon codes for free shipping. I hate paying for it!

  19. Great ideas! I love Groupon for a lot of deals. I especially like the idea of buying bigger packages so that you can split it up. I love saving money.

  20. Great tips! I never pay for shipping, unless it is something I just have to have, if there isn't free shipping, I pass it up.


  21. Love these tips, it's always nice to be able to give and still save a bit!

    xx Cara

  22. I love the idea of splitting up gift sets! That's so perfect.


  23. I always pay attention to shipping and try to stick to shopping whenever they have a free shipping moment, it definitely adds up!

  24. Nice tips! Thank you! :)


  25. I love your tips! I have split up gift sets before and it is really smart!

  26. Thanks for the tips! I love breaking up gift sets! They are perfect to give as smaller gifts!

  27. Love the Groupon idea!!


  28. I will usually not shop online at a store if they are not offering free shipping or if I can't find a coupon code for it. I'll just drag myself into the store, instead! lol! I'm cheap!

  29. I've never thought about splitting up gift sets! Great idea! I'm always looking to save a few bucks.

  30. I need to use groupon and living social more! Splitting up gift sets is becoming popular.


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