With the mad rush leading up to Christmas, it's never too early to start shopping for gifts, especially if you don't want to spend a fortune. But how do you get the Christmas presents your loved ones want while staying on budget? Here are some ways to save money by doing your Christmas shopping online.
1.Shop online on Cyber Monday. Cyber Monday, the Monday after Thanksgiving, is the Internet version of Black Friday. Hundreds of stores offer discounts that are only made available to online shoppers. While the deals on Cyber Monday aren't as good as they were when the concept was new, shoppers can still save money. Many stores offer free shipping on Cyber Monday, as well.
2.Make a list. Knowing who you are buying for and jotting down a few ideas for each person can help you to avoid impulse purchases that turn out to be wrong for everyone you know. This is also a good time to evaluate the list. Do you really need to buy a gift for Uncle Charlie or would a picture and a nice card do the trick? What about your co-workers? Rather than buying individual gifts for 10 people and everyone spending more than they can afford, consider an office gift exchange and drawing names. Set a reasonable limit of $10 to $15.
3.Start early. OK, we all know that the day after Thanksgiving is the official kickoff to buying for the holidays and so-called Black Monday is the day to make those Internet purchases, but often by starting early you can find the perfect gift on sale months before Christmas.
4.Sign up to receive emails from your favorite stores. These emails will allow you to use “online-only” discounts not available to in-store shoppers. Most electronic and department stores allow you to do this directly from their website. You can also sign up to receive these emails while in the store. Expect to receive at least two emails a week from these stores during December.For online outlet stores.
5.Put all the items in your cart from one store. Then, open up another browser window and go to retailmenot.com or another promo code site. These websites have promotional codes for discounts, free shipping and more at thousands of online stores. Find the appropriate code and copy it. Go back to your shopping cart at the online store you're making purchases from, and then enter the promotional code when the system asks if you have any coupons or gift cards to apply. Enter it and update the total. You just saved even more money online!
6.Make your payments with your credit card, making sure it's a secure site with the yellow or gold security symbol at the bottom right of your screen. Then, choose where you want the package to be shipped to and proceed with the checkout process. Print your confirmation receipt, which has your order details and confirmation number so you can check on it as needed. That's it -- holiday shopping can be as easy and point and click.
7.Leave feedback. A big part of the online shopping experience is letting an online retailer know how he did once you've received your order. If you've had a bad experience, contact the retailer directly before leaving feedback. Positive feedback is usually important enough to an online retailer that he will want to fix the problem quickly without the negative feedback.Shop for down coat jacket as a gift.