Tips to Prepare for Holiday Sales Early – EP 184

It’s coming! The holidays are just around the corner *again* and this year we’re gonna make a plan AND stick to that plan! There are plenty of ways to be prepared for the holiday season, ways to not overspend on gift giving and food, and tips for taking advantage of money saving strategies this time of year. Let’s talk about how to get through the end of the year within budget, listen in!

Sponsors: 

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  • Preppers. A way to describe those that are prepared. Prepping is a spectrum and while there are those with closets full of dried food, water, honey, and a few HAM radios, there’s also room for those who are just proactive about the holidays, and making wise decisions with their budgets. Preppers: there’s room for everyone.

Headlines:

This article from Huff Post gives us a great list of ways to save (or at least not spend) lots of money around the holidays.

What Jen + Jill have to say:

  1. Don’t feel rushed!
  2. Interest free BNPL….ew.
  3. Consider shipping memberships ….or just wait til you have enough in your cart to get it free…
  4. Track price changes
  5. Don’t be afraid to tighten your belt!
  6. Consider DIY gifts
  7. Review price matching policies
  8. Opt for previous generation tech
  9. Money saving browser extensions (YES!). We like rebatekey and rakuten
  10. Collect cash back
  11. Pare down gift list

More from the Internet:

This article from Localiq gives us an insiders look at how marketers target consumers to spend more money. Knowing these strategies can help us be more prudent with our purchases! 

More from Jen + Jill:

  •  “Giving back” – thanks, encouragement, small rewards
  • Themed parties
  • Referral programs and contests
  • SEO + buzzwords – put their website in front of you 
  • Display campaign with retargeting – companies can pay to put themselves in front of you again after you’ve visited website
  • Social media campaign
  • Hosting classes and tutorials
  • Google listing posts that encourage action (i.e. events)

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Lightning Round 

What we’re buying this holiday season 

  • Jen-  new TV (black friday/cyber monday)
  • Jill-  FOOD! Also prioritizing kids gifts

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Wrap-Up:

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Thanks for listening! See you next week!

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