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If you have been actively participating in my How To Plan A Christmas To Remember On A Super Tight Budget then you have probably created a nice stash of cash for Christmas shopping. This post is going to help you make that Christmas cash go further than you might have thought possible.
15 Websites & Apps That Will Save You Money On Your Christmas Shopping
Discount Gift Card Sites
Discount gift cards are one of my thrifty family’s favorite ways of dropping the price of an item further, even if it is already on sale. We have been able to purchase gift cards at a discount of anywhere between 7% to as much as 20% off through discount gift card sites.
Cardpool is the discount gift card company our family uses the most often because it sells physical, hold-in-your-hand gift cards and one person in our thrifty couple isn’t very app savvy so he prefers physical gift cards (oops…gave away who it is).
Cardpool does have an app though, if you prefer buying and using your discounted gift cards that way.
Cash Back Sites
Our thrifty family makes sure to use a cash back site before we buy anything online. Sure, we do have to wait to get our money back, but this step can really add up to significant savings. One Christmas we got $75 back from our Christmas shopping.
Ebates offers a HUGE selection of stores to earn cashback through. One thing I don’t like about Ebates, though is that you not only have to wait until you meet the $5.01 cashback value, but when you do reach it you also have to wait until their next “Big Fat Check” payout date to get your payout, which only happens 4 times a year.
However, as I said the selection is amazing! Often if I can’t find a cash back at a store I am shopping at through the two other suggestions below, I go to Ebates and almost always I will find a cash back for that store offered there.
What I love about TopCashBack is that there are no minimum payouts. You also earn a bonus when you cash out for Amazon gift card codes which makes your cashback rate even bigger. I do find it takes TopCashBack a considerable amount of time to credit your account for cash back, though.
The greatest benefit of using Swagbucks to earn cashback is that through Swagbucks you can earn points called SB in so many other ways and when you combine those points together you can earn a gift card cash out pretty fast–especially since most gift cards start at 500 SB points. Most times Swagbucks is the first place I look for a cash back offer for online shopping.
psst…did you know you can use the Ibotta app to earn cashback on in store shopping?
Websites & Blogs That List Great Deals
6. Money Saving Mom
Money Saving Mom lists great deals all day long, all week long. I like checking the website daily to see what new deals have been listed.
7. Brad’s Deals
Brad’s Deals is an app and a website. I haven’t used the app version, but most years I sign up to receive Brad’s Deals emails just as the Christmas shopping season begins and then unsubscribe after I am done my shopping so I am not tempted to continue shopping the great deals.
8. Snail Pace Transformations
Yes, I list deals too. On my Hot Deals page I list a small amount of great deals I find from companies I work with as well as high value coupons and free sample listings. I also have a Facebook group where I share these deals as I find them.
Apps That offer Cashback & More
Ibotta is an app that you can use to earn cashback on all your in-store shopping from groceries, to movie tickets, to craft supplies, to clothing and more. When you earn enough for a cash out you can pick from a PayPal deposit or several different gift card providers including Starbucks, Amazon, iTunes and more. One thing I really like about Ibotta is how fast it takes them to deliver your payout once you have earned it–I can’t remember waiting more than a few hours.
Shopkick has several different ways to earn points, but my favorite is the walk-in points. Simply open the app as you are walking in the store and you can earn points. Sometimes it is just 35 points, but sometimes they run specials where I have seen Shopkick offer 150 points or more for simply walking in the store.
11. Receipt Hog
Receipt Hog is a very simple app to use (use my referral code yect1667 to earn a bonus when you sign up). You simply snap a picture of your receipt and earn coins or spins. When you earn enough coins you can cash out for an Amazon or PayPal gift card code. Receipt Hog works at clothing stores, sporting good stores, book stores, grocery stores and even restaurants.
Websites with Great Prices On Name Brand Items
If the loved ones on your Christmas list are name brand picky, Zulily could help you save up to 50% on some of their favorite brands. They offer new deals each and every day so if you don’t see something on your Christmas list today it could be there tomorrow. My family has gotten some great deals through Zulily.
Hollar is what I would describe as an online dollar variety store. Prices at Hollar start at $1 and go up from there. I have gotten O.P.I nail polish for $4 a bottle from Hollar. I noticed they recently had K’nex sets starting at just $3. Items at Hollar move fast! What is there today might not be there tomorrow. New customers get free shipping on their first order of $10 or more (normally free shipping starts at $25).
Websites That Reward You With Free Items That Would Make Great Gifts
14. Tyndale Rewards
I have been a member of Tyndale rewards for years and over those years I have gotten some really awesome books for as little as 75 points and it isn’t as hard to earn those points as you might think. Tyndale Rewards offers a fairly good selection of fiction, nonfiction, children’s books, bibles, devotions and more for you to cash your points in for.
15. Recycle Bank
Recycle Bank gives you points for doing things like watching video clips or slide shows on environmental topics and then answering questions afterwards. Recycle Bank has a great selection of magazine subscriptions that could be given as gifts to those in your household. For instance, if your spouse is a runner you could grab them a year subscription of Runner’s World.
How To Stack The Savings
So now you have 15 different places that could save you money on your Christmas shopping, but where the fun part comes in–at least for us thrifty people–is stacking the 15 on top of each other as much as possible.
- Find a bargain
- Use a discounted gift card: Our thrifty family tends to keep a gift card to a small handful of stores we shop at most often on hand. That way when we see a bargain at these stores we can make it bigger.
- If shopping online use a cashback site. If shopping in store use a cashback app.
- Search RetailMeNot for a discount code or free shipping code if shopping online (that’s a 16th website)
If you are lucky enough to use all four steps on your purchase you can easily save an additional 10% or more off an item on your Christmas list that was already a bargain to begin with
This post is part of the How To Plan A Christmas To Remember On A Super Tight Budget Series
How To Plan A Christmas To Remember On A Super Tight Budget: The Series
Week Ten: 15 Websites & Apps That Will Save You Money On Your Christmas Shopping (you are here)