Get More From Your Holidays by Shopping Now

Get More From Your Holidays by Shopping Now

Here are eight ways to save time and money.

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If you think it’s too early to consider holiday shopping, think again.

Given the potential for shipping delays, the unpredictability of product availability and the higher cost of many items, you may want to get an early start on your holiday shopping season. Getting a jump-start may enable you to take advantage of sales when you see them and ensure there’s plenty of time to mail your gifts. And by starting your shopping stat, you may free up more time to spend with your loved ones during the holiday season—instead of rushing around.

Try these eight ways to save time and money—and lower stress—as you start your holiday shopping.

Browse AAA Member discounts.

Start by checking out the AAA Discounts web extension. Sign up to receive alerts about members-only savings on everything from brand-name items to travel and entertainment.

Download retailer apps.

Get app-exclusive deals of 50% off or more, and be sure to check the apps on weekdays, as many stores offer flash sales then.

Also, sign up for retailer e-newsletters for announcements of upcoming sales.

Stick to your budget with gift cards. 

If you’ve set a budget this season, gift cards are a good way to stay on track. Check out potential member benefits here.

Consider refurbished or last-gen tech.

If you’re not shopping for a tech fan, consider refurbished or last-generation electronics.

Skeptical about quality? Refurbished items from manufacturers or certified resellers undergo inspections to ensure they work properly. Check out items at Amazon Warehouse, or peruse Apple Certified Refurbished products, which come with a one-year warranty.

Turn to social media.

If any loved ones follow a particular influencer or brand ambassador, you can start following them, too, and watch for posts about sales or discount codes for products. This is also a great way to learn what’s on trend.

Hack your subscription box.

Do you receive monthly subscription boxes of beauty products, snacks or coffee? You could gather some of your unused items for stocking stuffers or a gift basket.

Use your credit card points.

Some cards may allow you to donate points to charitable organizations on behalf of a loved one. Or you can use your stash of points to pay for a flight or hotel stay for a loved one.

Give ad-free streaming.

The cost of streaming services can add up, especially if you want ad-free options. For a few dollars a month, you could give your loved ones a break from the ads.

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