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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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    30 Fun Things You Can Do This Summer Without Spending Much

    30 Fun Things You Can Do This Summer Without Spending Much

    Summertime can be a real strain on your wallet. The sun is out, there are people to see, places to be; it’s no wonder you might be short of funds during these sunny months. Not everything has to cost you an arm and a leg.

    Take some time to go through this list of 20 cheap summer activities and make some realistic goals to complete as many as you can.

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    1. Visit a strawberry festival

    Summer is prime time for tasting strawberries. More often than not, an area that grows strawberries will have a strawberry festival. Indulge yourself in strawberry pies, jams, cakes and more!

    2. Have a picnic

    Take your partner or your family to the local park and enjoy a relaxing picnic. Designate each person to bring one food item of their choice to add to the fun.

    3. Camp in your back yard

      The summer heat can sometimes make it hard to sleep. Why not enjoy the heat outside in the yard? Pitch a tent or gaze into the night sky.

      4. Take long walks

      Discover something new where you live. Take the afternoon off from your chores and go for a long walk. You may be surprised by what you discover.

      5. Break a world record

      Breaking a world record doesn’t have to be time-consuming. You could even break one on your lunch hour. Give it a go!

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      6. Go on a bike ride

      The number of bike paths on roads in big cities has increased dramatically over the years. Take advantage, and enjoy the summer breeze.

      7. Join a gym class

        The gym is not everyone’s idea of a good time, but why not go with a friend a join a class? Spinning, yoga and step classes are always more fun with friends, and a lot of gyms allow you to pay-as-you-go.

        8. Find a new hobby

        The summer is the perfect time to find a new hobby. Serotonin (our body’s natural “happy” hormone) is produced by the sunshine and will be at a yearly high, which is great for when we want to tackle something new.

        9. Join a sports team

        Not all sports teams are competitive and require huge amounts of your time. Join in the fun with like-minded people, get fit, stay healthy and make some friends along the way.

        10. Make a slip ‘n slide

          Gather your friends, some plastic sheeting, a hose, washing up liquid if desired, and make a huge slip ‘n slide just like these guys. Granted, yours won’t be as big, but you get the idea… it’s fun!

          11. Make a treasure hunt for your kids

          Today’s digital world sees our children more often than not playing inside than outside. Why not create a sense of adventure by making a treasure hunt? Only rule? It has to be outside.

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          12. Visit a free festival

          Towns and cities are awash with free festivals, with themes from film to science. Scout your local area and discover something new.

          13. Visit the zoo

            Let’s face it: we love animals. While browsing news websites and social media networks you’re bound to come across a few pictures of cats. Take a trip to your local zoo for a better experience.

            14. Take a road trip

            Enjoy the open road with a few friends and take a road trip somewhere–anywhere. Just go out and enjoy the sunshine!

            15. Play ultimate frisbee in the park

              Frisbee is always great fun down the park, but why not turn it into more of a competitive sport by playing ultimate frisbee?

              16. Make your own ice cream

              Ice cream is a very versatile dessert. Make a sandwich, enjoy a cone, or simply just enjoy a bowl full. Better yet, making your own ice cream allows you to create any flavor you want.

              17. Invite your neighbors over for a BBQ

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                When was the last time you invited your neighbors over? Do you even know them? Now’s your chance. Just ask each person to bring a food item so costs don’t mount up for you.

                18. Get a summer job

                For many students, summer is the time for relaxation and fun. But who said earning money and being productive isn’t fun? You only get out what you put into a situation.

                19. Attend a charity event

                Attending a charity event is a great way to raise funds and awareness for a cause, meet new people, and generally have a good time. Search for your local charity event today.

                20. Visit a national park

                National parks are a great way to explore nature and learn something new. You could even volunteer and make a difference in helping restore natural habitats.

                21. Visit your local comedy club

                  Local comedy clubs are extremely underrated. They are cheap to attend and no doubt you’ll have a barrel of laughs.

                  22. Make your own hammock

                    Hammocks are very relaxing, are perfect for summer afternoons and are surprisingly easy to make.

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                    23. Read in your new hammock

                    Now you have your very own hammock, the only thing left to do is enjoy it. Grab your favorite book and read to your heart’s content.

                    24. Watch a movie outside

                    Movies are great. Relaxing outside in the evening is great. Put them together and you’ve got a perfect combination. In D.C, Maryland and Virginia this summer, for example, you can enjoy a huge number of movies outside.

                    25. Take a hike

                      Hikes are a great way to keep fit and see more of Mother Nature. There are countless trails available for you to explore. Why not try some this summer?

                      26. Learn how to fly a kite

                      As a child, you probably had a kite and haven’t touched it since. Why not dust it off and attempt to fly it? It’s tricky, but well worth the challenge.

                      27. Work out at the park

                      American cities are full of parks with ample space for a work out session. No doubt you’ll be happier to work out in the sun rather than a crowded gym.

                      28. Take your dog to the beach

                        One of the many joys of owning a dog is taking him or her for long walks during the summertime. This joy is enhanced when visiting the beach, for both you and your dog.

                        29. Make a summer smoothie

                        Healthy, delicious and perfect for the summer. Not only that, there are countless recipes ready for you to try.

                        30. Attend a free yoga session at the beach

                        No experience needed and all skill levels are welcome. Take yourself and a buddy down to the beach and try some yoga. You’ve got nothing to lose!

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