This might come as a surprise to you, but the holidays can get pretty expensive. SHOCKER! Not only do you have to buy stuff for your family, friends, and coworkers (not to mention pets), but you also have to deal with food, decorations, holiday activities, donations, and travel expenses.  Needless to say, that really piles up. I don't know about you, but *I* am not made out of money.

So if you’re looking to save some extra dough on presents without coming across as a cheapskate, I have a few easy tips for you.

How To Save Extra Cash On Gift Cards

Ah, the gift card. They sometimes get a bad rap as a thoughtless gift, but I personally would rather get the freedom to spend $20 at Amazon or Target so I can buy something I’d actually need. The best part? You can give someone a $50 gift card even though you secretly paid $40 for it. No one needs to know! You STUD, you.

Check out auction websites like GiftCardGranny.com, GiftCards.com, or Cardpool.com, because they often offer gift cards below face value. Even Amazon will sometimes have deals, too. GiftCardGranny and CardPool also guarantee refunds to customers who got scammed, so that’s a plus.

A Great Browser Add-On For Coupon Codes

I’m a big fan of the Honey app, which is a free browser extension you can add to Google Chrome. When you’re at checkout, it’ll automatically search the web for the best deals and coupon codes for you. When it finds the best one, Honey will apply it to your cart. Highly recommend getting this if you don’t have it, because I’ve saved a lot of money (and time) this way.

Use The Gift Cards You Get From Your Loved Ones This Year To Buy Them Presents NEXT Year

“Thanks for the $50 Target gift card, Mom!”

*uses it to buy her a scarf exactly one year later*

This technically doesn’t make you a bad person. Just sayin’.

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