1. Use Paribus to track price drops and request an adjustment.
Most retailers offer a one-time price adjustment if the selling price of your item drops within 7-14 days of purchase. Paribus app monitors online purchases. Paribus will scan your inbox for receipts and if an item’s price drops within the retailer’s price-adjustment period, it will send an email on your behalf requesting a price adjustment from eligible retailers. Refunds will usually be refunded via original form of payment.
Also! Paribus will monitor your Amazon shipments and request a credit on your behalf when your Prime shipments are late. Compensation usually comes in the form of Amazon gift cards or free months of Prime.
2. Use Fetch Rewards to get cash back when you take pictures of your grocery receipts.
3. Opt for buying a subscription or membership, and skip wrapping altogether.
I like to give the gift of Amazon Prime because really, who wouldn’t want free movie and music streaming along with free shipping?! And if it turns out my friend or family member already has Amazon Prime, they can exchange it for a gift card. Easy peasy.
Click here for more giftable membership and subscription ideas.
4. Use Shop Savvy or the Amazon app to get online prices in-store.
Stores including Target, Staples, Office Depot, Best Buy, Toys”R”Us, Lowe’s, Home Depot, Walmart, and Bed Bath & Beyond all match competitor online prices. Use the Amazon app to scan products in brick-and-mortar stores. If the Amazon price is cheaper, ask the cashier to price match at checkout and pay the Amazon price in-store!
Use the Shop Savvy app to compare prices at nearby stores, not just Amazon prices.
5. Check Brick Seek to be sure your item is in stock before you head to the store.
This way, you’re only fighting the crowds if you know your item is in stock! Brick Seek will tell you the status of inventory at Target, Walmart, Home Depot, Staples, Office Depot, and CVS.
6. Order online and use free in-store pickup to save on shipping and delivery time.
As long as an item is in stock at your local retailer, you should be able to pick up a product the same day you order it!
Stores that offer free in-store pickup include:
7. Use CrayPay to save 3% on top of any coupons or sales.
8. If you’re going to buy a gift card, buy one that gives you an extra gift card for free with purchase.
9. Or turn old gift cards into cash for last-minute expenses using Cardpool kiosks.
10. Don’t look for customized gifts—it’s too late for that.
Customized gifts from sites like Etsy are only going to add more stress to your late gift-buying ventures. They take longer to make, and what if the name you wanted printed on a gift is misspelled? Choose big retailers like Target, Walmart, or Amazon (Prime, with free two-day shipping can be a lifesaver for out-of-town friends and family) that have a plethora of products to choose from in one convenient spot.
11. Skip the shopping cart.
Don’t even think about pushing a shopping cart through a crowded store. This will not only stress you out, you’ll be tempted to throw a few extra gifts into it and overspend. If you’re shopping for more than one item, try a reusable shopping tote to carry your goods. Ikea bags work best!
12. Get creative and shop from your stockpile and pantry.
Here’s another perk to being a couponer! Your kitchen pantry and bathroom closet are probably full of stuff you got for cheap or free with coupons. Put a few items together and stick it in a cute container or mason jar.
Use the ideas in these articles to inspire you:
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