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3 ways to save big on your holiday gift list

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By Natalie Marusin

Black Friday has passed, Cyber Monday crept by and there are less than two weeks until Christmas. Two weeks? Cue the mall rush and pre-Christmas panic!

But, just because you missed the two biggest savings holidays of the season doesn’t mean you still can’t score incredible deals on your holiday gift list this year. In fact, there are plenty of ways to rack up some great savings in these last couple weeks before the big day.

So, before you start stressing about all the items you need to check off your holiday to-do list, here are three easy ways to save money this Christmas.

Shop online

We are big advocates of online shopping. No lines, crowds or fights for parking spaces? Count us in. However, shipping costs can be a factor when deciding to shop online – especially when there is not much time left until Christmas.

Mark your calendars now: Free Shipping Day is Dec. 18 – an entire day dedicated to free shipping online. This year you can expect to get your purchases shipped free from more than 600 of the nation’s top merchants including Express, Zappos.com, Bass Pro Shops, Neiman Marcus, RadioShack and many more.

And, bonus!, Free Shipping Day also ensures guaranteed delivery by Christmas Eve, with no minimum purchase amount. So, when it comes to checking off your gift list, be sure to shop online on Dec. 18.

Stack your savings

If you’ve already got free shipping under your belt, the next step is to stack on the savings. Pairing a coupon with free shipping is an easy way to bulk up the deals you’re getting this holiday season.

Make sure to use coupons and savings websites, as well as cash back sites to add even more to your savings stocking. For example, if you have a 15 percent off coupon with an additional 10 percent cash back from a website like ShopAtHome.com plus free shipping – that’s some serious savings.

Enter giveaways

The holiday season is a time of giving, and many retailers participate in giveaways and contests this time of year. Entering merchant giveaways and contests can be a great way to score a little something extra.

There are many types of contests and giveaways – many even offer a good chance of winning -- currently ShopAtHome.com is featuring a Pinterest contest that includes $1,600 in prizes and 12 winners. Finding and entering giveaways and contests can be just the thing to boost your savings this year. And, who knows? You might just win big.

Natalie Marusin, a savings and couponing expert, writes for ShopAtHome.com.

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