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How to Find the Best Gifts for the Lowest Prices this Christmas

How to Find the Best Gifts for the Lowest Prices this Christmas

Around this time of year things can get very expensive and we are always looking for ways to get the most bang for the buck. On average, you’ll spend $500-$1000 dollars buying gifts for family, friends, colleagues, and that “special someone”. The traditional way of shopping is to hit the malls and find the best prices for products in different stores. However, this process can require a lot of time. I personally rarely leave my house when shopping because I’ve found cool sites that automatically compare prices for me. I can then place an order online or head to the store to make the purchase.

Today, I’ll introduce three methods which will help you find items for the lowest prices. Use these methods to effectively streamline your shopping experience this Christmas.

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PriceGrabber.com

One of the best websites to find products quickly, this site displays everything from item number, price, store, brand, etc. I’ve been using this website for years because it prevents me from having to click on 20 different online stores to find the best price. If you’re not sure what you are looking for, don’t worry because PriceGrabber will display all the different categories as well as the top ten items being sold. This will help you to find creative things to give for Christmas that are within your budget.

PriceGrabber offers protection to buyers because they fully screen every store advertising on their website. People can also leave reviews, so going forward you’re comfortable shopping at the online store.

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    Review Websites

    In the last five years, review sites have become one of the best ways to shop online. They have grown 20% since 2007 and continue to be a driving force for online sellers. Unlike shopping comparison sites like PriceGrabber, product review websites provide in-depth insight into the product. These sites provide an introduction, full features, and the pros and cons of different products. This type of content helps especially if you are a buyer with specific product needs. For example, if you are looking for a knife sharpener you should check out this product review from Review Zone. As you continue to scroll through you’ll find three or four knife sharpeners all detailed with prices. You’ll also find a link to stores selling that model so that you can purchase it right away.

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    Search engines such as Google will give preference to review sites because it correlates with the user search pattern. For example, when people are searching for specific products they’ll type search queries such as “electronic reviews”, “best skin cream”, or “item # review”. Google will try its best to match the search pattern as closely as possible which means review sites tend to be the first displayed in the results.

    Amazon Search

    It’s no secret that Amazon is one of the biggest shopping platforms in the world. The other two I can think of are eBay.com and Aliexpress.com which are great, but they can take weeks to deliver. However, Amazon has done a great job with their platform allowing you to find the bestselling items and have them shipped within two days using the prime membership option. As the Christmas season approaches, I spend a lot of time on Amazon going through their best sellers. Even though Amazon has some of the best prices I’ve seen online, it’s still a good idea to paste the item number into PriceGrabber.com and skim through the results. Sometimes you’ll be able to find the product from a private online store for a cheaper price.

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    Depending on the time and day, Amazon will have special sales when you’ll save an additional 30%-40%. This is awesome especially if you are trying to budget your spending. I personally believe that if you give yourself enough time to shop around you’ll be able to find some of the best bargains both online and in stores.

    Final Thoughts

    Start by utilizing the methods above to find bargains for Christmas and I guarantee this year you’ll be able to save a lot of money. If you give yourself enough time you can still purchase great gifts for a lower price without jeopardizing quality and meaning.

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    Published on November 20, 2018

    The Best Ways to Save Money Even Impulsive Spenders Can Get Behind

    The Best Ways to Save Money Even Impulsive Spenders Can Get Behind

    The truth is, there are many “money saving guides” online, but most don’t cover the root issue for not saving.

    Once I’d discovered a few key factors that allowed me to save 10k in one year, I realized why most articles couldn’t help me. The problem is that even with the right strategies you can still fail to save money. You need to have the right systems in place and the right mindset.

    In this guide, I’ll cover the best ways to save money — practical yet powerful steps you can take to start saving more. It won’t be easy but with hard work, I’m confident you’ll be able to save more money–even if you’re an impulsive spender.

    Why Your Past Prevents You from Saving Money

    Are you constantly thinking about your financial mistakes?

    If so, these thoughts are holding you back from saving.

    I get it, you wish you could go back in time to avoid your financial downfalls. But dwelling over your past will only rob you from your future. Instead, reflect on your mistakes and ask yourself what lessons you can learn from them.

    It wasn’t easy for me to accept that I had accumulated thousands of dollars in credit card debt. Once I did, I started heading in the right direction. Embrace your past failures and use them as an opportunity to set new financial goals.

    For example, after accepting that you’re thousands of dollars in debt create a plan to be debt free in a year or two. This way when you’ll be at peace even when you get negative thoughts about your finances. Now you can focus more time on saving and less on your past financial mistakes.

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    How to Effortlessly Track Your Spending

    Stop manually tracking your spending.

    Leverage powerful analytic tools such as Personal Capital and these money management apps to do the work for you. This tool has worked for me and has kept me motivated to why I’m saving in the first place. Once you login to your Personal Capital dashboard, you’re able to view your net worth.

    When I’d first signed up with Personal Capital, I had a negative net worth, but this motivated me to save more. With this tool, you can also view your spending patterns, expenses, and how much money you’re saving.

    Use your net worth as your north star to saving more. Whenever you experience financial setbacks, view how far you’ve come along. Saving money is only half the battle, being consistent is the other half.

    The Truth on Why You Keep Failing

    Saving money isn’t sexy. If it was, wouldn’t everyone be doing it?

    Some people are natural savers, but most are impulsive spenders. Instead of denying that you’re an impulsive spender, embrace it.

    Don’t try to save 60 to 70% of your income if this means you’ll live a miserable life. Saving money isn’t a race but a marathon. You’re saving for retirement and for large purchases.

    If you’re currently having a hard time saving, start spending more money on nice things. This may sound counterintuitive but hear me out. Wouldn’t it be better to save $200 each month for 12 months instead of $500 for 3 months?

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    Most people run into trouble because they create budgets that set them up for failure. This system won’t work for those who are frugal, but chances are they don’t need help saving. This system is for those who can’t save money and need to be rewarded for their hard work.

    Only because you’re buying nice things doesn’t mean that you’ll save less. Here are some rules you should have in place:

    1. Save more than 50% of your available money (after expenses)
    2. Only buy nice things after saving
    3. Automate your savings with automatic bank transfers

    These are the same rules that helped me save thousands each year while buying the latest iPhone. Focus only on items that are important to you. Remember, you can afford anything but not everything.

    How to Foolproof Yourself out of Debt

    Personal finance is a game. On one end, you’re earning money; and on the to other, you’re saving. But what ends up counting in the end isn’t how much you earn but how much you save. Research shows that about 60% of Americans spend more than they save.[1]

    So how can you separate yourself from the 60%?

    By not accumulating more debt. This way you’ll have more money to save and avoid having more financial obligations. A great way to stop accumulating debt is using cash to pay for all your transactions.

    This will be challenging, depending on how reliant you are with your credit card, but it’s worth the effort. Not only will you stop accruing debt, but you’ll also be more conscious with what you buy.

    For example, you’ll think twice about purchasing a new $200 headphone despite having the cash to buy them. According to a poll conducted by The CreditCards.com, 5 out of 6 Americans are impulsive spenders.[2]

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    Telling yourself that you’ll have the discipline to not buy things won’t cut it. This is equal to having junk food in your fridge while trying to eat healthy–it’s only a matter of time before you slip. By using cash to make your purchases, you’ll spend less and save more.

    A Proven Formula to Skyrocket Your Savings

    Having proven systems in place to help you save more is important, but they’re not the best way to save money.

    You can search for dozens of ways to save money, but there’ll always be a limit. Instead of spending the majority of your effort saving, look for ways to increase your income. The truth is that once you have the right systems in place, saving is easy.

    What’s challenging is earning more money. There are many routes you can take to achieve this. For example, you can work long and hard at your current job to earn a raise. But there’s one problem–you’re depending on someone else to give you a raise.

    Your company will have to have the budget, and you’ll have to know how to toot your own horn to get this raise. This isn’t to say that earning a raise is impossible, but things are better when you’re in control right? That’s why building a side-hustle is the best way to increase your income.

    Think of your side-hustle as a part-time job doing something you enjoy. You can sell items on eBay for a profit, or design websites for small businesses. Building a side-hustle will be on the hardest things you’ll do, be too stubborn to quit.

    During the early stages, you won’t be making money and that’s okay. Since you already have a source of income, you won’t be dependent on your side-hustle to pay for your expenses. Depending on how much time you invest in your side-hustle, it can one day replace your current income.

    Whatever route you take, focus more on earning and save as much as possible. You have more control than you give yourself credit for.

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    Transform Yourself into a Saving Money Machine

    Saving money isn’t complicated but it’s one of the hardest things you’ll do.

    By learning from your mistakes and rewarding yourself after saving you’ll save more. What would you do with an extra $200 or $500 each month? To some, this is life-changing money that can improve the quality of their lives.

    The truth is saving money is an art. Save too much and you’ll quit, but save too little and you’ll pay for the consequences in the future. Saving money takes effort and having the right systems in place.

    Imagine if you’d started saving an extra $100 this next month? Or, saved $20K in one year? Although it’s hard to imagine, this can be your reality if you follow the principles covered in this guide.

    Take a moment to brainstorm which goals you’d be able to reach if you had extra money each month. Use these goals as motivation to help you stay on track on your journey to saving more. If I was able to save thousands of dollars with little guidance, imagine what you’ll be able to do.

    What are you waiting for? Go and start saving money, the sky is your limit.

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