Handmade items are not only more personable but often times they are cheaper. Etsy connects you with handmade items from sellers. Shop Etsy to find just about anything you could imagine. Find the perfect handmade gift at an affordable price.
Find coupons in your local paper or online. To find deals from your favorite stores just Google a retailers name followed by the “coupon”.
Signing up for your favorite stores’ newsletter or mailing list can also get you in on some savings. A lot of companies give exclusive deals to their subscribers.
Many companies like Best Buy, Target and BabyCenter offer price protection. Price protection means that after you’ve bought something from them you are automatically entitled to a refund if the price of that item drops within a period of time.
At Priceprotector.com you can enter everything you buy and they will e-mail you when any of your purchases goes on sale. If something goes on sale, contact the store and get your refund.
Shop early for gifts, before the holidays. A lot of online stores will offer free shipping and other promotions. Also when you shop early you won’t have to pay any extra fees to make sure your gifts get their destination on time.
Have your online orders shipped directly to the recipients instead of to you. You may want add your own pretty wrapping paper and a bow but shipping the gifts to your home and then taking them to the post office costs not only extra money but takes up more of your valuable time. Be sure to check with the online retailer about their gift wrapping services. During the holiday a few of them will offer free gift wrapping.
Instead of buying something, create something. Create a heartfelt gift that anyone can enjoy. Some examples would be a family photo cookbook, baked goods, jewelry, soaps, candles, giftbaskets or scrapbooks. Magazine subscriptions or gift cards make great gifts for family.
Cash In Those Frequent Flier or Credit Card Rewards
Check with your frequent flier or credit card rewards program to see if you can convert your miles and points into gifts.
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Article written by Jessica Fuqua. Jessica is the owner and creator of Mom Fuse, http://www.momfuse.com, an online magazine for moms featuring recipes, product reviews, parenting and pregnancy articles and much more.