Regina Conway from Slickdeals gives us 5 holiday savings tips you haven't heard before.
- Go Prime time – The holidays are a good time to sign up for Amazon Prime, especially if you have family and friends in other cities. If you’re a new user, you can get a 30-day free membership that can be canceled at any time. If you decide to continue your Prime membership past that point, it’ll cost you $99 for the year, but even if you continue the membership past the free trial, you’ll get access to benefits that could save you on other costs throughout the year such as cable expenses and more. For the holiday season, the two-day free shipping benefit means you can order Prime eligible gifts up until Dec. 22 to still get them delivered in time for the holidays at no additional shipping cost.
- Look for Black Friday resale items eBay and Amazon- Don't forget to check these sites. Many people who buy popular items on Black Friday resell them in the following weeks for a little more than they spent, still netting you a good deal without the hassle of Black Friday crowds. For example, last year (2014) Target featured a great deal on Black Friday for an iPad Air 2. Many consumers bought these with the Black Friday discount, and then sold the product at a profit; but at a better rate than at retail.
- Save with user-based deal sites – When you’re shopping at the last minute, it’s easy to end up overpaying on something because you’re in a panic to buy and not doing due diligence to research the best price. The great thing about shopping online is that the internet allows us to tap into the power of comparison shopping, but with all the options available, it’s hard to know if you’re really getting the best deal. Slickdealsleverages the power of its community to save you time and make sure you get the best deal available online whenever you shop. It has a community of nearly 9 million users, who are out there scouring the internet, posting deals they are finding, and then others get to vote on those deals. You can also download the app to do a quick search if you’re shopping in-store.
- Gift a subscription or charitable contribution – Buying a gift at the last minute can not only mean overspending; it can also mean that you end up buying something that the recipient doesn’t really need or want. Think about alternatives that the end-user will really appreciate AND don’t require you go get a physical product. For example, gift a warehouse club membership; an Amazon Prime membership; or make a charitable contribution to a cause you know the recipient supports. If you still feel like you need to provide a physical gift, print out the information and wrap it up in a nice box.
- Abandon your shopping cart – Put those online items in your cart, go through the process to the point where the retailer has your email address, then walk away. If you have not shopped from the site in the past, some online retailers will send you a follow up discount or coupon to help create an incentive for your purchase decision. There's no guarantee it will work every time, but it's a fairly quick process to complete with a potential big payout.
- Ask for a price match or price adjustment – If you bought something and find a lower price within a week of that purchase, ask the retailer for a price adjustment. Similarly, many stores are price matching this holiday season, including online pricing, so make sure to take your smartphone in store and ask for the match. This can save you time and money on any shipping fees you might incur if you were ordering online.