Tips for shopping Amazon this holiday season

by Melody on November 8, 2012

If you haven’t already noticed, online shopping during the holidays can get a little crazy.  I’ll do my best to track down the best deals for you, but I wanted to share some tips with you on how I shop and what I’m looking for.  You can also check out my recent posts: Planning your budget for the holidaysand Kicking off the holiday season with This Beautiful Frugal Life.

Gold Box DealsThese are heavily discounted items, generally one deal per day until it sells out.  If I remember correctly from last year, if one deal sells out, another will pop up.  These are worth checking out, especially if you have someone on your list that you’re not quite sure what to get.  You can also sign up to receive daily Gold Box updates.

Holiday Toy List - Keep an eye on this page, as they have all the hottest toys for 2012 listed in one place.  They have also grouped toys by category (age, gender, top picks), so it is super easy to search.  You can also see the available Lightning Deals for the day.  These are typically 1-2 hour deals marked way, way down.  They do sell out and they do go fast, so if you see one you like, snatch it up quickly.

Price Matching – I noticed last year that Amazon quietly price-matched some of the best deals from most of the national chains (Target, Walmart, Toys R Us and more).  I found great deals on most of the gifts we were planning to buy anyway and I could take advantage of my Prime shipping to get them shipped for free.  I’m not a huge fan of holiday crowds and crazy lines, so this is my kind of shopping.

SwagbucksI have been doing my best to save up my Swagbucks to use towards some of my holiday purchases this year.  It’s free to sign up and easy to start searching using the Swagbucks toolbar.  You can earn Swagbucks for searching and these can be redeemed for Amazon gift cards, which can then be applied to your Amazon account.

Amazon Browser Bar for FirefoxYou can install this browser bar that will give you updates on deals, allows you to search Amazon and compare prices.  I just downloaded this, so I don’t have a lot of experience with it, but I love anything that gives me Amazon deals at my fingertips.

Have your gift list handy – Know what you are shopping for and have your gift list somewhere near (or even on) your computer.  There are going to be more deals than you know what to do with over the next few weeks.  If you see something fabulous, check your list and see if you have someone to give it to.  It can be awfully tempting to grab just about every deal out there, but if you have your list in front of you, you will be less inclined to snatch up everything you see.  For more tips on planning for the holiday season, read my post here.

Last but not least, follow Amazon on Facebook or Twitter for instant updates.

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