This is it, folks! It’s the last day to finish up all your holiday shopping and the roads/malls/grocery stores are all going to be nuts. The pressure that comes with Christmas Eve shopping can really wrack your nerves and lead you to spend more money than you normally would – just so you can be done with it all. Wouldn’t it be great to have a go-to guide that breaks down all the best ways to save today? Well, here it is! Check out Mo’ Money’s top 5 tips on how to easily, efficiently, and frugally finish your holiday shopping, without completely destroying your Christmas cheer and exploding your credit cards.
Take Advantage of Free Mobile Gift Giving. I’ve been blogging a lot about Wrapp these past few weeks because I think it’s such an essential holiday app. Wrapp lets you send free $5 and $10 mobile gift cards (and larger, paid mobile gift cards, of course) to your Facebook friends. I have tons of Facebook friends I don’t see on a regular basis, but to whom I’d still love to send some holiday cheer. Think a $5/$10 gift card won’t buy much? Check out all your friends can buy for next to nothing at Gap, Sephora, and H&M.
Score Free Eats. If you’re logging long hours at the mall today you’re going to need to eat. You don’t have to spend a fortune. In fact, you don’t even have to spend any money at all. At the mall? You can SnipSnap coupons for free pretzels and drinks at Auntie Anne’s. Hungry on the road? Check out my Fast Food Coupon bundle, complete with coupons for free burgers, fries, and milkshakes at some of my favorite fast food joints like Sonic, Wendy’s, Arby’s, and more.
Make a Coupon List, Check it Twice. If you’re heading out on a holiday shopping haul and you want to keep your wits about you, make a cup of tea and plan things out first. SnipSnap’s new version 2.0 lets you custom organize your coupons by shopping trip. Create holiday shopping coupon bundles with all of the deals you plan on taking advantage of today. You can even create multiple holiday shopping coupon bundles, one for each store you plan on visiting.
Consult Your Store Sale Options.Shopkick and Shopular are great apps for getting a heads up on in-store sales and promotions. Find out what’s on sale at your local mall in an instant by flipping through shopkick look books and Shopular ads. Shopkick will reward you with incentive “kicks” you can redeem for real-world rewards like Starbucks cards. Do enough shopping, and you might earn a free latte by the end of the day.
When at All Possible, Stack Your Mobile Savings. Whenever you walk into a store, you have to ask yourself, “How many ways can I save?” Stocking up at Target? You can SnipSnap Target store coupons, exchange shopkick kicks for Target mobile gift cards, and redeem qualifying Ibotta offers.
That’s all there is to it! Stay safe out there, save tons of money, and have the best holidays yet.
You know that guy at work you eat lunch with occasionally? Or your boyfriend’s sister who lives three states away? Or the cousin you played with when you were a baby but whom you haven’t seen in five years? You really would like to give them holiday gifts, but, let’s be honest, you don’t really want to pay for it. If you shelled out on stocking stuffers for all your acquaintances, work friends, and distant relatives, you absolutely, one hundred percent would go broke. That’s where Wrapp comes in. Wrapp’s my favorite social gift-giving app, because it lets you quickly, easily deliver awesome, mobile, FREE $5-$10 gift cards for stores like Gap, Sephora, and H&M to your Facebook friends. (Read my full review of Wrapp here.) Wrapp gift cards are little tokens of appreciation that go a long way. You can get great stuff for free at Gap, Sephora, and H&M with just one little Wrapp gift card.
Wrapp’s added a really cool, new holiday gift to its roster for the holidays. Right now, you can give your Facebook friends a free mobile gift card for a free 2 week Hulu Plus trial membership. With Hulu Plus, you can stream top television shows and movies for free, from your mobile device. Know someone who likes to go for hours at the gym? This is a perfect holiday pick-me-up for people who routinely log hours on the elliptical machine.
These gift cards can be opened and redeemed for up to 12 days after they’re received, and only people without an already existing Hulu Plus account are eligible to use them.
Fourteen days of free TV and movies is a great little holiday gift for a friend you haven’t seen in a while but still think about. It’s incredibly easy to be thoughtful with mobile gift giving, so take advantage!
If you haven’t heard about Wrapp, you’re living under a rock. Wrapp is one of the pioneers of the social gift giving movement, and it’s my favorite because it allows you to exchange completely free $5/$10 mobile gift cards with your Facebook friends. Even better? Each Wednesday, Wrapp offers users a chance to score free gift cards for themselves. Wrapp gift cards are good for about a month and the app notifies you when your gift cards are about to expire. Yesterday I had two gift cards that were due to retire from my Wrapp mobile wallet, so I headed to the mall to use them up. Here’s a quick tip from my frugal shopping philosophy:try to avoid, at all costs, spending more than a gift card is worth – especially if you’re not shopping for something you need. You might think, “How is possible to shop at a store in the mall for under $10? Under $5?” Trust me; it’s not only possible, it’s an amazing adrenaline rush to get great cosmetics, clothing, and accessories for nothing.
I went to the mall with $10 to Sephora and $5 to Gap. I knew immediately what my Wrapp gift card would get me for free at Sephora; I’m a lover of Sephora for OPI nail polishes, but I will never, ever buy them at full price because they are almost ten dollars! I snagged a pretty rosy pink to keep things fresh for fall. At the register, all I owed was 17 cents for tax.
Things got a little trickier at Gap. Five dollars is really hard to work with – if you don’t know what you’re looking for. My Gap had a ton of pretty insane markdowns in the accessories section by the register and I found, to my delight, a tub of final sale belts. The belts averaged less than two dollars a piece!
I grabbed three for less than five dollars. I had to surrender the 22 cent remaining balance because you cannot get cash back for Wrapp gift cards. But, who cares! I got three belts for free.
Lessons learned about Wrapp gift cards:
There is no minimum purchase to use your Wrapp gift card.
You won’t get a cash balance back like you might with some print gift cards and your Wrapp gift card expires after one transaction, so your balance will not be retained.
You don’t have to let your Wrapp deals die because you don’t want to spend more money than you’d save.