OAKLAND, Calif. (KTVU) - Life and style expert Jennifer Jolly gives her tips on how to save money this holiday season.
She says she's saved money thanks to the browser extension called Honey. "It's like a magic coupon robot that automatically fills in the best money-saving discount code for tons of online stores - including Amazon. Just download the web plug-in, shop like normal, and when you get to the checkout, Honey shows you if there's a cheaper price somewhere else and/or stacks up coupon-codes galore. It works with most browsers, including Firefox, Opera and Chrome, and I've used it on my laptop and iPad."
Deal Squad by popular savings site - RetailMeNot is literally a site where real people scour the web to find the best price on whatever gifts you have your eye on. Just slap the webpage into the Deal Squad tool and let their team of sales sleuths sniff out the best price. The site says most people save 24% or more, which is a huge chunk of change, and it's even more impressive that it's a totally free service.
According to software developer BigCommerce - up to 30% of everything bought online gets returned after the holidays and the very best deals, especially on new TV's happen right around SuperBowl time.
Be smart about it all: Tis the season of shopping scams too:
If you see a deal land in your email or flying by your timeline on Facebook that seems sketchy - especially if it's from a site you don't recognize or haven't heard of before - remember that some deals really are too good to be true.
Throwing your credit card number into strange places is a recipe for a holiday disaster, and you might be helping some thief put a down payment on their new yacht instead of scoring that cheap iPhone you thought you bought.