Where to Find Coupons for Your Holiday Shopping
Guest post by Kim at Bargain Gab
Christmas is around the corner, and if you are like me you still have a ton of shopping to do. Luckily some of the best deals are still to be had for the season. Retailers are still going to offer great deals to get consumers in the door. So it’s not too late to get your hot deals. But the savings don’t stop there; don’t leave home without your coupons to make those hot deals even better!
Here are some of the best places to look for coupons to help your holiday shopping budget stay on target:
1. Start with your local newspaper. The weekly ads typically contain coupons for big stores like Carsons, Macys and JCPenneys. But another great place to check for coupons is in other sections of the newspaper. For instance, this week our paper had a $10 off of any $10 purchase at a major retail store at the top of the Sports section. My husband glanced right over the coupon, but I was all over it when I perused the paper! What this coupon means to me is free merchandise! A quick look through the clearance racks and sale items and I was able to knock a few gifts off my list and only pay the tax! There have been other times we have received coupons that get us free candy at stores like Fannie May, free coffee at McDonalds and many more.
2. Get on the email lists of your favorite stores. While you might be shaking your head thinking you don’t want a bunch of advertisements going to your email, there is a way around it. Simply set up a free e-mail account in Hotmail or Gmail strictly for coupons and sale ads. This way you can reap the benefits of special coupons without being bothered in your regular email. I often get high value coupons in my e-mail from the stores I am registered with. Another perk to signing up for email lists is most stores give you an incentive for signing up like 15% off your next purchase or $5 off any purchase. These would come in very handy this time of the season! Simply look for the e-mail sign up logo on each store’s website and allow around 24 hours for your first coupon to arrive.
3. Get mobile! The latest hit with stores is sending text message coupons. I receive them all of the time. As long as you have a plan that allows for these messages to come in and you won’t get charged more, definitely sign up for them. Not only are they a great way to save money, but it’s a great reminder too. In our technological world, we all depend on your phones. So by having your phone with you, all you have to do is pull up the text and you’ll save, you won’t have to worry about gathering coupons before you go to the store or worse forgetting your coupons!
4. There’s an app for that! If you have a smart phone, download a coupon app such as Coupon Sherpa or Yowsa. There are many coupons that are exclusive to these apps, so having them and checking them often can help you save. They also have the unique feature of locating the coupons that are available in the area you are in, so you don’t have to only have coupons from your home area.
Whatever is on your shopping list this year, there are plenty of ways to save. Being a little savvy and doing a little research will help you save quite a bit of money in the long run! Happy Holidays!