How to Save Money This Holiday Season

You are probably wondering what I could possibly know about saving money. That’s fair. My coffers are bare and even Old Mother Hubbard has more bones in her cupboard than I do.  It’s been months since my job situation took a dive, and while we’re still far from looking up, we have leveled to a reasonable cruising level. Reasonable meaning the captain has turned on the fasten seatbelts sign due to large pockets of turbulence. Large, empty pockets. But enough with the metaphors.

There are lots of ways to save a dollar these days, the easiest being don’t spend it. The second easiest is to shop wisely. Wait, is that an oxymoron?

By shopping wisely I mean look for the right deals on the products you want, rather than buying on impulse. This is the best time of year to find great prices — and lots of them, hence my standing outside the mall at 11 p.m. last night full of turkey and too much wine.

Online shopping is great, too. For instance, on Cyber Monday you’re going to find some of the biggest sales of the season, and there’s a way to stretch those savings even further: Upromise. Shop at Upromise.com’s 900+ merchants to get the deals you like, plus cash back. You read me right, cash back. Money in your pocket, people.

And that’s my favorite way of saving money while shopping, getting it back. Try it, you’ll like it.

Disclosure: This winter I was given a rare opportunity to be a Upromise Ambassador, which means, yes, this is a paid post. I hope that doesn’t offend you. The reason that I agreed to this relationship is twofold, a) I’m buying what Upromise is selling, and b) I would not have been able to purchase my children a single Christmas gift if this opportunity hadn’t come about. That’s right, people, you’re reading a Christmas miracle. Believe.

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