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Jennifer Wolf

Skip Black Friday and Save Online Instead

By November 25, 2013

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Are your kids too young tostay home alone while you head out to the stores in search of Black Friday bargains?Don't worry. With some careful planning you can save just as much money by shopping online. Here's how:

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  1. Begin by making a holiday shopping list. Use our free Holiday Gift-Giving Planner to write down the names of all the people you'll be shopping for this year, along with how much money you plan to spend per person. Then, jot down some gift ideas for each person. Do this before you begin shopping!
  2. Use the Internet to comparison shop online. Start with stores that offer free shipping and see whether they have the items you'd like to buy. In addition, if certain items are available at multiple stores, take the time to comparison shop before you decide where to place your order.Take notes, too, either on your computer or on paper, so that you don't forget which stores offered the best deals.
  3. Purchase similar items together. Some stores offer free shipping deals only if you purchase $25, $50, or $100 in products, which means that you may have to combine some of your purchases to get the free shipping option. (Just make sure you don't buy something you don't need in order to get free shipping!)
  4. Use coupon codes. In addition, once you've found something you want to purchase, search for online coupon codes that can help you save even more money.

How do you save money with online shopping? Share your online shopping tips by leaving a comment below.

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