Working Parent's Guide to Online Shopping this Holiday Season

No busy mom or dad wants to take their cranky toddler or hungry infant holiday shopping. It just adds extra stress and makes for massive meltdowns in the store. The easy solution: online shopping. Whether you're a last minute gift shopper or the type who has been stocking away presents all summer, you will find a few tips below that will help save you some cash during this busy holiday season.

Start Now. Believe it or not, November has been reported to be the best month to start your holiday shopping! Thanksgiving Monday and Cyber Monday are some of the best days to find online discounts on clothes, toys and much more. So start your shopping and save BIG. Another tip: Sunday has been found to be the worst day to shop online so make sure you don't wait to the weekend to do all of your browsing.

Find & Apply Coupon Codes Automatically. Are you tired of searching for coupon codes and sales? Google has added a new feature as part of their Chrome browser called "Honey". This "wonder tool" finds discount codes, free shipping deals and promotions for online retailers and applies them before you "add to cart". Check out Google for more information.

Score Free Shipping. Now that you saved 20% on the hottest toy of the season, you need to get free shipping as well to make that deal even sweeter. Always check RetailMeNot, EBates, and the specific store's website for discount and free shipping deals.  (Watch for minimum purchase requirements.) Tip: December 16 is Free Shipping Day for many online retailers!

Join A Loyalty Program. Most of us have our favorites stores and if you find yourself a regular shopper, it's a good idea to join their loyalty program. You can save lots of money by getting in on exclusive deals and discounts.

Find the Filler. To take advantage of Amazon's free shipping, you need to spend at least $35. If you're short, you can always check out or to see what items you can add to your cart in order to make the minimum.

"Like" them on Social Media. You can get special deals and discounts on some retailer's web sites when  you "like" their page on social media. This can translate into great savings for you by following Facebook or Instagram.

These are just a few simple ways to save some dough and still be super generous this holiday season. Happy Shopping!

Tags: #Holiday Season # Parents Night Out # Child Care # Infant # Toddler


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