Last Minute Holiday Shopping Tips to Help You Save Money


It’s over getting freebies. Try these buying and saving tips for last minute gifts.

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Most big box stores, including Amazon, Target, and Walmart, offer same-day delivery. You will need to register and pay to join their membership programs. Also pay attention to this:

“All the stores will have different cut-off times, it’s Christmas Eve and everything,” said Kristin McGrath of RetailMeNot.com. “So make sure that if you are shopping on Christmas Eve and like living dangerously, that you check that limit and plan to do your shopping early in the day.”

Or take the gift yourself. Some retailers offer a discount if they order online and have curbside pickup. Bed Bath and Beyond offers a 20% discount.

“I would strongly recommend consumers not to try and ship anything at this point because it cuts it too close,” said Trae Bodge, an expert on smart savings. “So if you are ordering online I would go for curb pickup or store pickup. “

Often times, your online order can be ready to be picked up in an hour or two.

“Some stores will fill your curbside pickup in as little as an hour,” McGrath said. “Expect these services to be in high demand on Christmas Eve, especially if you shop at a location that allows you to pick up your gifts and curbside groceries, as there will be a lot of last-minute groceries. minute.”

A gift card can also be your reference. It’s not as impersonal as it sounds.

“You can go to just as much effort to buy someone the right gift card as you do the physical gift certificate. So think about gift cards by buying them a gift card at a store, but you can buy someone if they like to cook a gift card that they can use to subscribe to Home Chef and receive deliveries. home meal kits. If you’re a beauty lover on your list, Birchbox is awesome. If you have a pet owner, there is BarkBox.

Some stores offer discounted gift cards, like some Target cards at five percent off. Or try GiftCardGranny.com for discounted gift cards.

There is always a digital gift that you can send electronically. Try GiftYa.com.

“Actually gives the recipient money for shopping at their favorite restaurant or store,” Bodge said. “So GiftYa is very cool. You can personalize it with video or photo. The recipient receives an SMS notification and then goes shopping.

Just because you buy last minute doesn’t mean you can’t close last-second deals.

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