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WRAL SmartShopper

Saving on last minute shopping and holiday tipping

Posted December 17, 2010

Here is the information and links I discuss in the 5:30 news segment on 12/17 about saving money on last minute gifts and holiday tipping.

Last-minute shopper can save with these tips Last-minute shoppers can save with these tips

Last Minute Gifts

Coupons, coupons, coupons!

Group buying sites offer daily coupons for ½ off retail – all over the country!

Restaurants, massages, hairdressers, gift baskets and more!

Craft projects

Michael’s & Five Below

Completed craft projects for $5
(serve a dual purpose: entertain kids and become a gift)

New craft kits as gifts

Picture frame from craft store or big box store for $5 and picture printed out photo kiosk

Gift card bonus deals
Buy a gift card and get another for free - see the list of options at the link above.

Online shopping: Amazon and Walmart are running some great sales – just make sure you can get them on time. Check out all the online and in-store coupons from at the link in the box above.

In-store deals: checkout those sale flyers and compare – this is a big weekend for sales including $1 Performance Fleece scarves at Old Navy on Saturday, limit 5.


Holiday tipping

Decide on your budget

How much do you have to spend total

Consider baked goods or handmade items if budget is too tight this year


Make your tip list

Child’s teachers
Newspaper delivery person
Garbage collector
Daycare workers
Pet sitter
Postal carrier – no cash

How much to tip

For self-employed providers (hairdresser, babysitter): Value of one session

For others: $15 - $25 or combination of a gift and check/gift card

For more information on holiday tipping from an article I wrote earlier in the week, click the link above.


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  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Dec 20, 2010

    $10 doesn't go too far in Best Buy, but I will find something!

  • Trickat Dec 18, 2010

    Oooh! Congrats, Faye! Now, what to buy...

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Dec 18, 2010

    I got a $10 one yesterday, jzka! Whooo hooo!

  • Trickat Dec 18, 2010

    Check your Best Buy reward zone accounts - there was a $25 gift certificate sitting in mine! Others are reporting $10 and $20 free printable gift certificates just for logging into!

  • megamelfina Dec 18, 2010

    These are all great tips on how to save money holiday purchases. Another great tip to add is the use of coupons and deals from group-buying or daily deal offers. You can find them in your local paper or magazines, or you can even find them online.

    A great site to use to find these kinds of discounts and sales in your area is They'll send you a daily email, letting you know if there is any savings to be had on holiday items.