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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

How to Get Cheap and Free Christmas Gifts

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If you have been a reader of this blog for more than a minute then you know I LOVE free stuff. What you might not know is I also love sharing free stuff. So, last year that is exactly what I did. For Christmas I got a lot of stuff for free and then presented it all together in care packages for my friends and family. I got free video games for my husband, free razors and toiletries for my mom, dad and sister, dirt cheap wine for my father in law, you get the idea.... Here are five tips to get free and deeply discounted gifts for Christmas:

- Swagbucks. I have talked about Swagbucks in the past. Swagbucks is how I got free video games (read about that here), how I got a free Starbucks gift card (read about that here), how I get lots of free Amazon books and more. Basically the way that Swagbucks works is you get rewarded for searching online. When you use it as your search engine you get random awards of bucks that you can use to cash in for gift cards and other things. When you use it to buy stuff from stores you get more bucks to cash in. Read about how to get the most from Swagbucks HERE and if you want to sign up for a free Swagbucks account do so HERE!

- Amazon Daily Deals- Every day and sometimes every hour Amazon discounts select products 50%, 60%, I've even seen them at 90% off the retail price. Check online for your favorite products and/or products you're considering giving for Christmas.

- Groupon, LivingSocial, Creative Loafing, etc... There is nothing wrong in my opinion in buying a deeply discounted gift certificate for someone as a gift. There is also nothing wrong with getting rewarded for it! With Groupon if you refer friends you get Groupon dollars, with Living Social and Creative Loafing if others buy what you bought via your referral link you get the item free. Pair the gift certificate with something or just buy more gift certificates if you feel like.

- Discounted and Free Groceries- If you have a surplus of free and discounted groceries why not make gift baskets? For example, I made an Italian dinner basket with extra spaghetti, sauce and melba toast one year. I got some awesome coupons to save money on wine last year and when I paired that with a buy one get one free deal I got two bottles dirt cheap!

- Rewards at Pharmacies- Last year I got a bunch of freebies at CVS with coupons and then got rewards bucks for my purchases on top of that. I cashed in the rewards bucks for free gifts!

What are your favorite ways to save money on gifts? What's the best deal you have scored? I want to know! Leave a comment below :)

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