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Taking The Stress Out Of Holiday Shopping



DECEMBER 2015 THE TECH WHISPERER - GIRL ON LAPTOPWe are now fully in the season of online shopping. Christmas can be one of the more stressful times of the year as we find ourselves purchasing gifts for many family members. While it can be fun to watch the people you care about open your gifts, the season can also bring out anxiety in full force. Thankfully, the technology of the internet allows us to do our research and shopping in our pajamas drinking a cup of coffee, away from the insanity of malls. I have listed some tips out to help you figure what to get and how to be sure you’re spending the right amount.

One of the toughest things about Christmas shopping can be buying for family or friends when you can’t quite put your figure on what they need. Whether they’re in a hard-to-buy-for age group or you just simply don’t know them that well,  findgift.com can help. Their selections allow you to narrow down by age, gender, gift type, and more. It can either help you find the perfect gift or be used as a leaping pad to inspiration. You can even sort by occasion for holidays other than Christmas in the future.

Bargain hunting is a staple of the internet, but sometimes it can be hard to tell whether or not the sale you are seeing is a actually a good deal. Google shopping allows you to compare retailers and their prices. Google the product name of what you’re looking for, click on the shopping tab, and you can begin comparing your options. Reviews of retailers give you confidence on websites you may not have heard of, and the price comparisons can help you make the right decision.
DECEMBER 2015 THE TECH WHISPERER - GUY ON LAPTOPCamelcamelcamel.com can also help your peace of mind when looking for the best prices. Every day, this website grabs the prices of items on Amazon.com. This allows them to keep track of the fluctuation in price over time for every item on Amazon’s website. So, if you see a sale special, you can simply check camelcamelcamel.com and see if the item has ever been listed at a lower price before. This site also allows you to sort all items by the largest drops in prices if you simply would like to see the best deals out there. Finally, you can request to be notified when specific items hit an especially low price.

Once you have your gift in the shopping cart, one last step can be taken to improve your savings: coupon codes. Many websites have coupon codes that users from around the internet have compiled. Simply search “(site name) coupon code,” and you’ll find a list of coupons that may work with your order.

Hopefully these tips can make Christmas season a little bit less burdensome. That way, you can focus on the good food and family that make the holiday truly worth it.

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Peter LoPinto

Peter LoPinto

Peter LoPinto is an audio engineer located in Savannah, Georgia. He has worked in web­based marketing and other computer projects including a few video games. He is currently an audiobook editor. Working in a profession dependent on computers and software, he has dealt with many common issues in technology. He has discovered a number of ways to cope with the problems the internet can throw at you and writes about them in his column, The Tech Whisperer.

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