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Using the Shoptagr App to save my shopping list!

With Black Friday and Cyber Monday only 2 weeks away, and the holidays just around the corner, I thought now would be the perfect time to share my favorite money saving tips for holiday gift shopping, whether you're shopping for yourself or for someone else! Click through to see my shopping secrets for making the most of Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales on a budget!

1.     Make a Shopping List and Stick With It

The starting point for holiday any shopping should always be a list. Make a list of what you need, whom you need to buy gifts for, and set a budget for each! If you're buying gifts, this is also a great place to jot down present ideas, notes on where to buy, etc. As you're shopping, keep this list on hand and make sure you stick to your budget!

2.            Use Technology to Your Advantage

I recently downloaded Shoptagr, a free web tool that lets you save and track your favorite items from over 700+ online retailers, including Net-A-Porter, ASOS, Target, and so many more. You can select an item's size and color, save it to a Shoptagr list, the app alerts you when the price drops to your specified discount, including if coupon codes are applied! All you have to do is sign up online and install the browser button (it only takes a second), and then shop websites as you normally would. When you find something you want to add to your shopping list, just click the browser button!
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After you click the browser bookmark, the Shoptagr popup allows you to customize what discount level you want to be notified at and which list you want to save the item to. Once the price drops, you'll be notified of the sale! Similarly, if an item is out of stock, you can also save the item to your lists to be notified when it comes back into stock.
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You can also easily categorize the items into Pinterest-style boards, making holiday shopping even easier! I currently have one list for family and friends, and another for my coworkers! If you want to help your friends and family pick your gifts, you can also create and share your own wish list with them. If you do more of your shopping on your phone, Shoptagr also has a mobile app so you can save items on the go!
    IMG_7751 shoptagr I'm already scouting the new-in sections of my favorite sites, including ASOS, BaubleBar, and Sephora, and saving my faves to my wish list, so I know as soon as they go on sale! :)

    3.         Check out a retailer's sale history

    A quick Google search will tell you what big retailers had for Black Friday deals last year, giving you a decent indication of what's to come! If you're waiting to make a big purchase like luxury fashion goods, a TV, or appliances, check out sale history to see which retailers had the biggest discounts and plan your shopping accordingly! You can save the items you want to Shoptagr and as soon as the Black Friday or Cyber Monday sale starts, you'll be notified!

    4.    Double check holiday return policies, and keep your receipts!

    Nothing is more of a waste of money than being stuck with something you can't return! I often pick up a few extra gifts during Black Friday and Cyber Monday, just in case I forget someone on my list or have unexpected guests over the holidays, so it's super important that I know when the return deadline is for purchases! Many retailers will have modified return policies for the holidays,  so make sure you double check what they are!

    Also make sure you hang onto your receipts--while most retailers are able to pull up transactions with your credit cards now, better safe than sorry!

    5.    Balance Value with Sentiment

    Fancy, expensive gifts are always fun to receive, but the ones we remember the most are the thoughtful ones! Please remember that you don't need to spend a ton of money to make someone happy. There are tons of under-$10 gifts that can show someone you love them! Think personalized gifts, handwritten cards, DIY projects, of even homemade baked goodies. Nothing says "I love you" like a batch of brownies! :)

    Huge thank you to Shoptagr for sponsoring this post! As always, all statements and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the companies that support this little blog of mine!




    1. Thanks for the tips I need to try that app!

    2. Love!!! Great top, too!

    3. Thank you for your tips. I'm from http://www.HippieBoho.com
      My clothing is handmade for regular and Plus Size Hippie BOho Gypsy Style.
      Your tips is useful for me to improve the promotion in my shop.

      Thank you. : )