Midday Fix: Tips for holiday shopping with apps and websites

Trae Bodge

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Trae's Tips:

Explore a New Marketplace:
The ShopRunner site and app offers amazing prices, free unlimited 2-day shipping and free returns from over 140 different e-retailers, from Fanatics to Neiman Marcus. Bonus - membership is free for AmEx users. Check it out via their complimentary 30-day trial.

Earn While You Shop:
Use Splender.com or the Splender Plus desktop extension and get cash back perks from hundreds of top lifestyle retailers.  The perfect way to actually save money during the holidays (yes, it’s possible)!  www.splender.com

Crowdsource Your Larger Purchases:
Crowdsourcing is all the rage right now. Bandalou Baby is the first site of its kind to bring crowdsourcing to baby and parenting products that might be above your budget. Bandalou is the perfect way to save money on those bigger and often unavoidable purchases for new parents -- whether it’s you or someone on your list -- especially when finances are tight during the holidays.

Shop With Discounted Gift Cards:
If you have a general idea of where you plan to shop, visit a site like GiftCardGranny.com to look for discounted gift cards. These cards can be discounted anywhere between 2-30%, an automatic savings when you shop with that card. Stack that discount with coupons or a cashback offer and you've just saved yourself a bundle. They have a great desktop plugin that lets you know when there's a discounted gift card available as you shop online.

Tap Into Technology:
With an abundance of deal sites and apps all promising huge savings, it’s hard to know which ones are trustworthy. The more than 10 million community members at Slickdeals.net find, share and vote on the best deals daily, with the top 30-40 deals making it to the coveted Front Page. You can also search for deals by item name or retailer.

Entertain on a Budget:
For all your grocery needs, Flipp is free shopping app that brings your local circulars right to your smartphone before you head out to buy groceries. The app helps you easily find deals, plan your shopping and save more money each week. Use the in-app shopping list to plan your shopping trip, stay on track when you’re at the store and find the best deals on everything you need.