Having three kids, the holidays always tend to be a more expensive time of the year. I have to make every buck count! So I thought I would share how you can make your bucks go farther and get the most bang for your buck this holiday season!
1. Black Friday: Every one and their brother knows about Black Friday. Ok, well almost everyone. This is a great time to get amazing deals, but make sure you know how to score the really hot deals. I do this by starting to price the items I know my kid would like. I try to price them throughout the year so I get an idea of how much they cost normally. Then I am off to stalk the Black Friday ads. That way, I know if something is a really hot deal or not!
2. Free items: Even if something isn’t an amazingly hot deal, if it comes with a free item it might make it a hotter deal. Toys ‘r Us is really great at this. If you buy a certain dollar amount of toys, you get something free. Last year my youngest daughter was obsessed with Hello Kitty! I was able to get her some really neat items on sale that day, plus score 2 free Hello Kitty items. I saved over 85% with all the items.
3. Coupons: You may not know this, but there are actually coupons for toys. Watch your local circulars, online printing sites, and store coupons for awesome coupons with expiration dates through the end of the year. Use these coupons on top of really great sales to score even more!
4.Earn free gift cards: I swear by my Swagbucks, Mypoints, and Superpoints accounts. I am usually able to score at least $100-$200 a year in free cash and gift cards. If you aren’t a member of these sites, there is still time to sign up and score gift cards. Remember every dollar you earn in gift cards is money not out of your own pocket!
These are just a few tips to get you started! Crunchy Frugalista plans on having a great holiday gift guide as well as some hot tips on finding the hottest deals this year! Make sure to use these tips and watch Crunchy Frugalista to score some really hot deals this holiday season!