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5 Last Minute Shopping Tips #PerfectGifts

by Tara Kuczykowski on December 13, 2013 · 0 comments

Black Friday Shopping Tips

Do you still have a number of holiday gifts to pick up? We're closing in on Christmas Day rapidly, but there's no need to panic just yet. Deals abound, and you should have no problem getting them wrapped and under the tree with time to spare!

1. Pull out that shopping list again.

Is it well worn and filled with chicken scratch? Mine usually is by this point, so I find that rewriting a fresh list with just the info for gifts I still need to buy helps me maintain focus. This is also a great time to take inventory of what you've already purchased and do a budget check to make sure you're staying on track.

2. Check the weekly ads.

Go through the ads before leaving the house to plan your trip. Add the names of the stores that have the best prices to your list, but don't feel like you have to run to 6 different stores to save your budget! Consider whether or not you can condense your trips into just a few stops by using programs like Staples' Price Match Guarantee. You may be pleasantly surprised that it's a one-stop shop!

3. Consider purchasing online.

Save time and gas by purchasing those last few gifts online. Staples has online daily deals, that offer big savings on what could be that perfect present for the last person on your list. Also, now that shipping cut-off deadlines are later than ever, you can often shop right up until just a few days before Christmas.

Plus many stores offer free shipping. At Staples, shipping is always free for rewards members, or for non-rewards members it’s free for purchases of $19.99 or more.  You also have the option to buy online and pick up at a local store on the same day, helping you streamline your trip.

4. Utilize rewards programs and cash back sites.

Make your shopping pay off by really taking advantage of Rewards programs!  By getting points, rewards or cash back you’ll carry those savings into your next purchase!  Staples Rewards program members receive 5% back in rewards on everything including technology, plus score FREE shipping on!

When shopping online, take a minute to click through a cash back site before placing your order to gain a small rebate on your purchase! Beware that not all sites offer the same amount though, so check out a few before settling on which one to use.

5. Check for coupons and promo codes.

Finally, before you check out, be sure to check to see if there's a coupon or promo code available for the retailer you're shopping. Whether it's a percentage off or a gift with purchase, it can help turn a so-so deal into something to brag about!

I'm thrilled to be on the Staples Holiday Council this holiday season, bringing you fantastic deals to assist you in finding the perfect gift for every person on your list. Staples will be offering great deals (including exclusive offers!) throughout the holiday season, helping you get more for less! For more holiday tips be sure to check out the Staples Holiday Center.

This post is brought to you by Staples. All opinions are 100% mine.

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