The holiday season brings out the spirit of giving. That also means bringing out the necessity of spending.

 

But Christmas doesn’t have to break the bank. Below, we’ve come up with five tips for how to get the best deals on holiday gifts this year.
How to Save Money on Gift Shopping
1. Price match on the spot
You’re at a store and see the perfect gift for someone on your list. But can you get it for a lower price at another store? Or online? If you have a smartphone, check to see the price of the item at other nearby stores and also online. You may be able to get the same perfect gift for an even more perfect price. Plus, many stores honor price matching, so you may not even have to drive somewhere else to get the reduced price.
2. Get an early start
Waiting until the last minute to do your Christmas shopping often means settling for less-than-ideal prices because of a time crunch. By starting earlier in the season, you can allow yourself enough time to shop around, wait for sales, or double back if needed.
3. Sign up for rewards cards
Many stores offer an immediate discount on your purchase just for signing up for a rewards card. Even if you never use the card, the instant savings are worth the five minutes it takes to fill out the application.
4. Find coupons online
Whether you’re shopping online or in-person, there are deals to be had. There are a number of websites dedicated to offering printable coupons for store shopping or promo codes that can be used for online shopping. Sometimes a considerable discount is just a click [...]