CHICAGO (NewsNation Now) — Whether you’re treating yourself or looking for the perfect gift for a loved one, there is no shortage on ways to save money on your holiday shopping in 2020.
Tech expert and columnist Marc Saltzman says if you have a smartphone or a web browser, you can save big on Black Friday.
“Especially after the year we’ve had, who doesn’t want to save money,” says Saltzman.
Saltzman starts with the app called Flipp.
“It aggregates all of those circulars, those flyers we get usually via the mail, the paper ads. But this puts it all in digitally into one place on your app for your smartphone, your tablet or on your computer.”
If you have your eye on something specific, like a smart TV, simply add it to your watch list to start tracking deals.
“When you tap an item in one of those digital circulars, it circles it and it drops it into your shopping list and it adds any coupons that are related to that deal. It also stores all of your loyalty cards.”
Shopping is also going social.
“There’s about 12 million members that are going to post a deal that they find.”
Slick Deals is one of the largest communities of deal hunters giving holiday shoppers a heads up on hot deals.
“There’s this 75-inch TV at this retailer for this long and others check out that deal and they validate it, sort of like safety in numbers.”
Members can vote and then the most popular deals are screened before making it onto the home page of the site.
Saltzman recommends installing the app’s free browser extension, which works with Chrome, Edge, and Firefox.
“If you check out somewhere in the checkout area of your favorite online retailer, it finds coupons and will already apply them.”
The app formerly known as Ebates, Rakuten, can help consumers earn cash back shopping online.
“Rakuten says this time of year you can make up to 43% back depending on the location. So the idea is they are referring you to these websites. They get this affiliate link, so they are sharing that revenue with you.”
If you’re looking for deals on technology Salzman says don’t forget about online marketplaces like eBay.
“You can also find some deals on new tech at ebay.com/deals and that’s the best website to go to over Black Friday and Cyber Monday and leading up unto the holidays.”
From massive marketplaces, to shopping small, experts agree the earlier, the better.
Buying locally isn’t a bad idea either, because you don’t have to wait for shipping.”
While they work differently, Saltzman says all of these apps are free to download. If you’re shopping for a gift, Saltzman recommends putting in the gift recipient’s address as you check out online to help expedite shipping.