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.
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.
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.
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.