12 Secrets to Save Money when Holiday Shopping Online

12 Secrets To Save When Online Holiday Shopping

It’s that time of year! I love the Christmas lights, holiday movies, homemade treats, and even the music. One thing I do not love is holiday shopping at the mall. It is chaos. You will not find me out at 3 am wrestling other customers for a TV or toaster.

My ideal shopping situation is sitting in my PJ’s drinking a mug of tea and buying gifts online as the snow falls. I avoid all of the stress of shopping and still get what I want and save money while doing so.

By this point shopping online is my thing, I try to save money however I can when online shopping so I can make my money go further. Here’s my list of 12 secrets to save money when holiday shopping online.

  1. Wait for the sale – It’s a game to figure out when your item will be on sale. You want to maximize savings with a sale and online coupon. I know that the Disney Store Online rotates through promo codes, sometimes up to 40%. I would never buy something without scoping out the deals and sales on their site for a few days. It’s absolutely worth it.
  2. Coupon codes, coupon codes, coupon codes – Need I say more? I do not buy anything online without a coupon/promo code or a really great sale. Google “XYZ Store Coupon Code” and see what pops up. Check out retailmenot.com and couponcabin.com sometimes you can find a really great code.  If you’re lucky, you can use more than one on an order. They are out there, it’s free money. Who doesn’t like free money?
  3. Sign up for Email Updates – Sign up for email updates from your favorite store, they are happy to tell you what they have on sale. What’s even better, you can sometimes get a discount code for signing up!
  4. Facebook – Like a store on Facebook, again, they will be happy to share with you their coupon codes and sales. Some coupon codes are just for their Facebook fans.
  5. EBates – I recently started using ebates and I was thrilled to receive $7.15 from a purchase I made at Old Navy online. Free money for doing almost nothing. You can sign up here and receive a $10 gift card when you make your first purchase. After signing up I got $10 gift card to Target and I saved $7.15. So I’m up to $17.15 for just a few clicks of the mouse. All you have to do is go to ebates first, choose the store and enter their site to check out. It’s so easy.
  6. Amazon Coupons – I really did not know about Amazon Coupons until I stumbled upon the site recently. It’s a gold mine. I saved $30 on a gift I bought. $30 from a website! Definitely check this out before you complete your order on Amazon. So many categories apply, books, electronics, toys, food and household items.
  7. Look for Gift Card Deals – This might require you to go to an actual store, or not. Check flyers and online deals for gift cards at a lower price such as a $25 gift card for $20. You can use this with your online purchase and save $5. A grocery store near my family offers “Fuel Perks” or money towards gasoline purchases, so they like to buy gift cards for their purchases and then get free/discounted fuel!
  8. Free Shipping – Do not pay for shipping. Many online retailers offer free shipping this time of year, some offer free shipping if you buy a certain amount of items, and some have coupon codes. Some stores such as LL Bean always have free shipping. Yay!
  9. Use Google Shopping – Did you know Google will price compare items for you? It’s awesome. Especially when buying bigger items, use Google Shopping to compare prices. If you’re looking for a specific item, search for it and the website will tell you who has the lowest price for your item. Note: Personally, I will only buy from stores that I am familiar with, there are a lot of online retailers that pop up with lower prices but I do not know their reputation so I will skip them and go to a retailer I know is credible.
  10. Be Cautious of Flash Sales – Sales with a timer are tricky psychologically. It could get you to buy something you really don’t want just because there is a timer on it. Think it through first.
  11. Create an Account – Avoid checking out as a guest on a site. By signing up for an account with the company, you will receive updates and your order attached to your name will be in the system. This helps a lot if you have an issue or need to return an item, since you are already in the system.
  12. Check Prices Later – If a product you buy goes on sale after you’ve purchased it, you can contact the company to see if they will refund the difference. It never hurts to ask and you could save!

There you have it, 12 ways to save money with holiday shopping! What tips do you have for online shopping? I’d love to hear your tips and suggestions.

Happy Shopping!

Disclaimer: The ebates link goes to my tell-a-friend account, this means that if you sign up I receive a little bonus for telling a friend.


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Happy Earth Day!

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Every spring I am in awe of what mother nature grows, the flowers and greenery are beautiful and amazing. It’s appropriate that Earth Day is the day that my flowers are starting to bloom. 🙂

On Earth Day, I encourage you to do one thing today that makes the Earth a better place for us and future generations. What will you do?

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17 St. Partrick’s Day Links

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St. Patrick’s Day is around the corner and everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day! I put together a list of 17 recipes, crafts, projects, and treats to help you get into the spirit!

Good Eats

    1. Spinach Avocado Pasta – Lindsay Ann Loft
    2. Vegan Shepherd’s Pie – The Kind Life
    3. Kale Chips  – Lindsay Ann Loft
    4. Irish Soda Bread – Gimme Some Oven
    5. Shamrock Green Peppers – Martha StewartSpinach Avocado Pasta
    6. Lucky Leprechaun Cookie Bark – Your Homebased Mom
    7. Homemade Shamrock Shake – Wishes and Dishes
    8. Shamrock Pretzel Snacks – Sun Scholars
    9. St. Patty’s Day chocolate dipped oreos – Lolly Jane
    10. Leprechaun Hat S’mores – Half Baked – The Cake Blogspan

      Arts & Crafts

Image from Better Homes and Gardens.

  1. St. Patrick’s Day Lotto Gift – Shaken Together Life
  2. Celtic Stenciled Tablecloth – Better Homes and Gardens
  3. Shamrock Straw Toppers – Martha Stewart
  4. Real Shamrock Planter – Better Homes and Gardens
  5. Free St. Patrick’s Day Fonts – Made in a Day
  6. More Free St. Patrick’s Day Fonts – A Typical English Home
  7. Somewhere Over the Rainbow Printable – Funky Polkadot Giraffe
What are your St. Patrick’s Day plans? Let us know if you catch any Leprechauns!
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How to Make an Exfoliating Sugar Scrub

How to Make an Exfoliating Sugar Scrub - Quick, Easy, and Inexpensive.

Sugar scrubs can be expensive at the little shops even though they really aren’t all that difficult to make. This is a really quick DIY gift for friends and family. Who doesn’t love soft smooth skin?


  • 3 Cups sugar
  • 2 Cups olive oil
  • Essential oil – whatever you enjoy


  1. Combine olive oil and sugar in a bowl, stir until evenly distributed.
  2. Add essential oils. I ended up using 10 drops of orange and 10 drops of lavender in mine. I think it depends on the strength, so add a few, stir, and sniff.
  3. Place sugar scrubs in pretty mason jars or glass containers. I used a bit of scrapbook paper and cut a circle to put in between the pieces of the lid.
  4. You’re done!

It’s really easy, the biggest part of the process is acquiring the supplies. This recipe filled 3 8 oz mason jelly jars. I made two batches; orange lavender and citrus with lemon and orange. I think grapefruit would be a nice scent too!

Note: I would skip using Extra Virgin Olive Oil and go for the regular Olive Oil because it is a lighter in color. My scrubs had a green tint to them, which isn’t bad and would even be better if you used peppermint flavoring.  You can also use other types of oil like coconut oil, grape seed, but not plain vegetable oil (I have read that this is not a good oil to moisturize your skin).

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13 Healthy Living Links for the New Year

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After the holidays are over and the new year has begun, we find ourselves making resolutions to improve our health and improve our eating habits. Are you in this group of people?

I’ve collected 13 links for healthy living in 2013. Some of these are from my site and some are from other locations, I hope you find them helpful.

  1. How to Take Your Measurements – Measure your body and track your weight loss progress, it’s not all about the number on the scale.

    Image copyright Lindsay Ann Loft.

    Image copyright Lindsay Ann Loft.

  2. 5 Fitness Apps to Try – Download these free apps to help improve your fitness goals.
  3. Kathy’s Story – It’s always great to read success stories. Read about how Kathy lost 105 pounds, and stop back every Wednesday for her tips and tricks for healthy living.
    Kathy's Before and After Photo
  4. How to Workout on a Budget – If you don’t have a ton of money to spend on a personal trainer and a gym membership, it’s ok you don’t have to!
  5. My Fitness Pal – Track what you eat online.
  6. Jillian Michaels.com – If you know me, you know I am a huge fan of Jillian Michaels. Here’s a sample of a Jillian’s workout plan. I love her videos but she also has a community on her website which gives you meal plans and fitness routines. There is a fee but the site also offers a few freebies, so click around.
  7. 21 Day Vegan Kickstart – Thinking of becoming vegetarian or vegan? Or just trying to add more healthful veggie options to your life? This kickstart through Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine offers 21 days of recipes and tips for going veg.
  8. Yahoo Shine – This site has a lot of fun recipes and tips.
  9. Gaiam Life – I loved the former incarnation of this site, Lime, but now it is Gaiam Life and still pretty awesome. If you want to add yoga to your life or try a detox, this site is a great resource.
  10. The Dirty Dozen & The Clean Fifteen – What foods to purchase as organic and what to buy as conventional.
  11. Reasons to Change – Examine your reasons to change.
  12. Fit Sugar – I have been seeing Fit Sugar all over Pinterest and am constantly clicking the links to read their articles, they offer interesting tidbits and heath tips for readers.
  13. Daily Mile – Log your miles and workouts with Daily Mile. It’s easy to sync up to your apps and create challenges for yourself and friends.

Happy 2013! What are your favorite healthy living sites?

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