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Frugal Shopping Tips for Her This Holiday Season

The holiday season is the most wonderful time of year to visit different boutiques and shopping centres to stock up on items that can be enjoyed or gifted. From clothing items to jewelry accessories, it is so much fun to spend hundreds to thousands of dollars on both necessities and luxury items during the season. To prevent spending more than your budget however, there are a few ways to remain frugal and still enjoy shopping.

Take Advantage of Price Matching

More retailers are offering price matching opportunities to customers during the holiday season to bring in more business. This allows customers to pay a lower price for an item that is advertised by another store. Simply bring in ads from other department stores or from sales online to show the price available and pay the same in-store.

Purchase Knock-Off Brands

Trends come and go, making it important to avoid investing in the top brands on items that may be out of season in just a few months. Save up to 50 percent of the cost by purchasing a knock-off brand that is available at a lower price, but still offers the same style and design. Research the latest designer shoe looks, jean styles, and popular types of sweaters.

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Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at freedigitalphotos.net

Use Your Smartphone

Several different apps are available with coupons and discount codes that can be used both in-store and online. Use your smartphone to make purchases and stay updated on new discounts that become available during the month. You can also sign up for alerts that notify you when specific coupons become active.

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Visit Comparison Websites

Several different comparison websites are available to show the various prices available on a specific item both online and in-store. Before making any purchases, research the lowest prices available by visiting a comparison website. Take into consideration the cost of shipping and tax that can also be added on to the price. Some websites offers a lower price for longer shipping methods or will even offer free shipping if a certain amount of money is spent on the purchases.

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To remain frugal without completely foregoing your holiday shopping, there are a few ways to spend less and still purchase the season’s latest items. With online discounts available and price matching that is offered through more retailers, there are more opportunities to remain frugal and prevent overspending during the busiest shopping season of the year.

About Dana Torres

Born and raised in Israel with a ten year interval in New York, Dana considers both places her home. She first made the choice to commit to a frugal life when she signed up for a degree in the Humanities. Today she loves nothing more than to share her newly learned skills and experience in thrifty living with others.

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  • Free shipping usually gets me in, I almost always bump up my Amazon order to $35 or more dollars for the free shipping and I put free shipping in my refined search to weed out stores who don’t participate.

  • I am bad with price matching.. never remember but I do love my savings apps. A little bit saved can really add up.

  • Jennifer Pritchard

    These are great tips! I use my phone for pretty much everything, but I didn’t know you could set up alerts to let you know of special deals. Thanks!

  • Stephanie Keeping

    This is great information! It’s hard times this time of the year and important to pinch pennies when ever!

  • Such great tips. I am at present searching the price comparison sites for something that I really want. I need to do a better job of using my smartphone as a tool to save money.