How to Save $250 or More on Your Holiday Shopping

The average shopper spends more than $700 on holiday gifts -- but you don't need to. Use these tips to save over $250 this holiday season (15 Photos)

Ashli Norton on Dec 3, 2012 at 12:29PM

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How to Save $250 or More on Your Holiday Shopping

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Save on Shipping

Found a bargain online, but it costs a boatload to ship? There’s a way to get your item shipped for free, says consumer shopping expert Andrea Woroch. “Retailers like Walmart, Target and Home Depot offer free ship-to-store services for online shoppers who can't wait the standard 5-7 business days for their gift. By ordering online and having your gifts ready for pickup, you avoid the crowds and get the bonus of free two-day shipping some retailers are offering for panicked shoppers placing last-minute offers.” These deals go quickly so be sure to keep tabs on store offers by monitoring and signing up to receive email alerts the moment your favorite companies offer a free shipping promotion.

Total savings: $9.99 for typical online purchases

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