Note from Dawn: Ok, well, full disclosure: I live in Florida, so no frightful weather here BUT the crowds and traffic are terrifying!
Kate and I avoid going out and shopping on Black Friday (we actually do a majority of our shopping online throughout the year) and this Black Friday we highly recommend staying home, enjoying those Thanksgiving leftovers and powering up the laptop instead!
The first step in enjoying the benefits of shopping online is to create a SHOP.COM account here (be sure to say montanadays67
For those of you who prefer to shop at a brick-and-mortar store
use that smart phone of yours.
Price compare an item you are considering using the SHOP.COM Mobile App and see if you can get it at a better price online!
More often than not, online retailers provide better deals or coupon codes than in the department stores…
….so we suggest checking out ShopBuddy and SAVE WHEN YOU SHOP @ YOUR FAVORITE SITES
A great way to see if you are getting the most for your money if you are uncertain just exactly what version of that new digital camera that you want to buy, is to do your research.
By shopping on SHOP.COM, you have hundreds of partner stores at your fingertips. This allows you to research, price and compare the items on your list.
Looking for gift ideas?
Check out our Gift Guides as well for the best recommended places to shop for the must-have items of the season.
Get additional money back with the SHOP.COM Credit Card
Use the SHOP.COM Cashback Platinum MasterCard and you can pick up rewards for purchases you were planning to make anyway. OR if you do find a good deal in a brick-and-mortar store, you can still earn your Cashback (WE LOVE guilt free shopping!!)!
If you love contests and sweepstakes, you’ll love our contests page.
SHOP.COM contests and sweepstakes range from free shopping sprees to diamond necklace giveaways to free electronics promotions.
Money Saving, Holiday Shopping Tips
Make a list
Write down every single thing that you plan to buy this holiday season,ps ip no matter how small. Writing it down will help you get a better sense of exactly what you need, what it costs, and what is left over in your budget.
- Start Early
The early shopper catches the best deal! If you start now, you have time to wait for the right sale, manage your money better or search online for the perfect gift. If you leave it until December 15th, that’s going to force you to make rash purchases. Just make sure that you find a good hiding spot around the house for all of those early holiday purchases!
- Do plenty of research
If you are uncertain just exactly what version of that new digital camera that you want to buy, be sure to do your research. By shopping on SHOP.COM, you have hundreds of partner stores at your fingertips. This allows you to price shop the items on your list.
- Get no-cost/low-cost holiday shipping
Last minute shoppers – here is a gift to you! On December 17th, many larger online retailers will offer free shipping with a guaranteed delivery by Christmas Eve. Why we don’t recommend waiting this long, if there is something that you left off of your list by mistake, take advantage of this option. Additionally, throughout the holiday season, many stores will offer reduced or free holiday shipping.
- Last but NOT Least: Enjoy YOUR reason for the season! Stress and adding debt to your life simply is not worth it! Self care is just as important as ever! Check out our post from Holidays Past: Healthy Holidays .
Wishing you Happiness, Health and Wellness all throughout the year!
Dawn & Kate