Look, I know it’s depressing. But like it or not, stores are getting the ball rolling for the winter holidays. That ball is a big ole ornament headed straight for us.
I guess their logic goes like this: It’s October, which is practically November and that’s practically December right?
But it’s not just the stores that should be preparing. We frugal folk need to start socking away for the holiday — be that money or actual presents.
Some people are super prepared and buy presents throughout the year. To which I say:
(I knew I’d find a use for that picture eventually.)
As for the rest of us… We gotta get out in front of this thing. That means it’s time to:
- Make sure you have a rewards credit card.
- Pump up your Swagbucks activity. (Not a member? Sign up and check out my Swagbucks for beginners post.)
- Make sure you’re set up with at least one cash back site (Mr. Rebates, Ebates and Extrabux are my top three.)
All you bloggers out there really need to make sure you’re signed up for Swabucks and cash back sites. You can get referral bonuses, which will also help with those Christmas bills.
You also need to be signed up for sites that leak Black Friday ads. I prefer BFads.net since it gives away some nice prizes each year. But really any site will do.
What’s important is that you get alerts when ads get posted. (And be sure to check them fast. Sometimes the sites get cease and desist orders, meaning they have to remove the information.) You’ll be able to compare prices well ahead of time, rather than in and around Uncle Bernie’s endless requests to pull his finger.
The sites aren’t just about finding the best prices, though. They also let you know what kinds of items are on sale. That helps you decide what’s okay to buy now, rather than putting off all your purchases til the big day.
The one side note about BF ad sites and other deal/coupon sites: Don’t click their links! At least, not if you also want cash back — or Swagbucks back or whatever reward you’re going for.
All of those sites make money as affiliates. They get a cut when you make purchases. Cash back/rewards sites pass some of that on to you. Coupon/deal sites won’t. So you can’t click a link on the latter and still get rewarded by the former.
Are you guys signed up with the necessary sites and credit cards? What’s your frugal holiday shopping plan?
Flickr image by IgKnition