Happy Halloween! Believe it or not, the holidays are near. Many of you have already started shopping for gifts. Even if you haven’t, don’t worry, there are some things you can do to make shopping easy and economical!
I LOVE shopping online, but don’t like paying extra for shipping. One of the biggest perks for Amazon Prime members is that they get free two-day shipping on countless items. Amazon’s minimum for Free Super Saver Shipping was recently raised to $35 (previously $25), making Prime an even more worthy investment than before. Prime memberships are $79/year, but you can try it for free. If you sign up for a free Amazon Mom account, you can get a free THREE MONTH trial. NOTE: You don’t have to be a mom to join Amazon Mom – Dads, grandparents, and other caregivers qualify as well.
Ebates is a free “cash back” site that is very easy to use. You don’t have to redeem points, mail in forms, or really do much of anything. All you do is set up a free account and click through to the website you are seeking and you will receive a specified percent back from your purchase. There are TONS of sites that give cash back through Ebates, so I always check there before purchasing. I’ve gotten as much as 20% back on purchases I have made (and I’ve seen even higher on other sites). Why not give it a try and see how much you can earn back this holiday season?
Check reviews, ask friends and families for advice, check out reputable websites. If you are looking to streamline this process, check out Baby Cheapskate‘s awesome lists of “Toys that Get Played With” for various age groups. I love looking through this for ideas for my kids! Check out the lists below:
One of my life philosophies could be described as: When in doubt, make a spreadsheet. I’m admittedly a bit of a spreadsheet nerd. Whatever your method, it is best to be organized in your gift-buying endeavors. Make lists using Excel, Google Drive, or whatever you prefer. List the people you want to buy for, what you’d like to buy (or make) for them, and the estimated cost to keep yourself on budget. If you use Google Drive or other shared document sites, you can even collaborate with others. (I do this with my mom.) The best part of this process is when you get to check items off your list by assigning a certain highlight color to indicate the item has been purchased!