This year maybe more than most, shoppers are looking to save as much money as possible on their holiday gifts. Why? Take your pick: high gas prices, a rollercoaster stock market, the weak dollar, pessimism about the economy, the housing/subprime loan mess. Whatever the reason, many people will be looking to spend less and yet still find gifts for everyone on their list. Yahoo Finance has some hints on how to get more for your money this holiday season including:
- Consider a store credit card.
- Sign up for email newsletters and updates.
- Join rewards programs.
- Shop online.
- Watch for gift-card promotions.
You could also always play “chicken” with retailers…
In past years, a questionable economy means retailers are more willing to discount merchandise and to make those savings larger than normal. If this plays out, the longer you wait, the better prices you’ll get. Then again, you may wait too long and find your preferred gift items out of stock. Anyone for buying now and then returning items if they drop drastically in price?