How to save $100 on a Holiday Shopping Haul with Your Smart Phone

I’m obsessed with holiday shopping. I love buying gifts, but sometimes I get depressed whScreen Shot 2012-12-19 at 1.13.35 PMen I think about how much my holiday spending could add up to. People go broke over the holidays. They actually accumulate debt. It’s scary. It doesn’t need to be that way if you have a smart phone and you know how to use it. I took a trip to the mall last night to do some holiday shopping with a friend and we took advantage of store sales, promotions, and four different shopping/couponing apps to save over $100 on stocking stuffers and holiday gifts.

First order of business? Shamefully, I needed to get a wee bit of personal shopping out of the way to start. My purse strap broke in the shopping mall parking lot so I needed a new hand bag. I perused the new Shopular app for store sales and I discovered a one-day promotion at Urban Outfitters: Save 15% off anything with your college ID (even if it’s old!) Since I’m a sentimental girl, I still have my undergraduate college ID carScreen Shot 2012-12-19 at 1.26.06 PMd in my wallet. I found this gorgeous motorcycle bag already on sale from $69 down to $39.00. With my ID, I saved another $5.85, which brought my total to 33.15 + tax! It wasn’t a bad way to start off my trip.

My friend Chris and I headed to Macy’s, where we unlocked 70 walk-in kicks in shopkick and then stopped by the jewelery counter so he could do some of his Christmas shopping. He found a gorgeous pair of sterling silver earrings, on sale from $45.00 to $22.50. We used this shopkick Macy’s WOW Pass coupon to save an additional 15%, which brought the total down to $19 and change plus tax.

Screen Shot 2012-12-19 at 1.14.17 PMTIP: If you’re buying more than just one item at Macy’s (which you almost certainly are), make sure you SnipSnap these higher value coupons:Screen Shot 2012-12-19 at 1.14.43 PM

Screen Shot 2012-12-19 at 1.13.55 PMI then headed to H&M to pick up a dress for my mother. H&M is having a giant clothing sale right now, with blouses and dresses just $10-$20. I found this absolutely gorgeous cranberry dress marked down from $39.00 to $20. I received an additional $5 sale discount at the register and then I redeemed a free Wrapp H&M gift card my friend gave me. Total cost: $5. Sweet!


Screen Shot 2012-12-19 at 1.36.26 PMWe were starving after all that shopping, so, instead of paying a ton of money for grub at the mall food court, we SnipSnapped a coupon for $1 off Auntie Anne’s cinnamon sugar snowball pretzel nuggets. YUM.

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Well, there you have it! We just about hit $100 dollars in savings on this mini shopping haul alone. We saved $35.85 on the purse, $25.87 on the earrings, $34 on the dress, and $1 off our post holiday snack, bringing our total to $96.72!


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