It’s no secret that holiday shopping can do some damage to your bottom line. Unless you create a gift-giving budget based on what you can reasonably afford—and commit to sticking to it—it’s all too easy to run up your credit card balances and end the year in unexpected debt. However, there’s a sneakier financial danger you may not have even considered. It’s known as identity theft, and unless you take steps to protect yourself, you may be putting your financial future at risk with every online purchase.
Avoid Black Friday Lines and Save Money on All Your Holiday Shopping with eBay
If you love buying holiday gifts at deep discount but hate dealing with Black Friday crowds, you’re not alone. According to the eBay Holiday Shopping Survey, 72 percent of shoppers start buying gifts early in order to find a better selection. However, 76 percent would still rather “give something up”—such as social media for a week (38 percent), sugar or carbs for a month (35 percent), or caffeine for seven days (32 percent)—than stand in line on one of the biggest shopping days of the year. One in four (26 percent) would even rather have a root canal than line up in the hopes of scoring a ...
Shopkick: A Rewards App That Helps People Save Money on Shopping
Whether you count shopping among your favorite hobbies or dread spending money in any form, the free Shopkick app can make all of your purchases more fun. Based in Redwood City, California, and founded in 2009, Shopkick is on a mission to reward consumers for the shopping they already do as well as drive sales for retailers without the use of coupons or discounts.
Christmas Shopping Travel Hacker Style
How much will you spend on holiday shopping this year? According to PricewaterhouseCoopers the average shopper will spend about $1,100 although many will spend more.
When you add to that the amount spent on food, entertainment and other holiday expenses, this time of year represents a tremendous rewards opportunity for savvy travel hackers. It’s just a matter of knowing how to buy travel hacker style.
How to Use Portals for Holiday Shopping to Maximize Rewards
Black Friday officially launches the holiday shopping season, which is a great time of year to rack up tons of miles for next year’s travels. While the miles earned from the increased levels of spending are great, there are multiple ways that rewards can be increased using airline and bank shopping portals, Amex offers, and credit card bonus categories. You can even stack them. That's right. You can combine these great earning opportunities to earn even more.
Get 3,300 American Airlines Miles from T-Mobile or Sprint
T-Mobile and Sprint are offering 3,300 American Airlines miles to new customers. Be sure to sign up through the AAdvantage eShopping mall.
Maximizing Your Grocery Shopping for Miles
When it comes to earning miles for fabulous and nearly free vacations, don't limit yourself in the ways in which you earn those precious miles. Sure, flying nets plenty of miles, as do credit-card sign-ups, but there are tons of everyday ways to build up your cache of miles or points. Something as simple as grocery shopping for your family can help you achieve your goal to fly somewhere for free or get a few free nights at a hotel.
Holiday Shopping: Best Bets for Giving Miles and Points
With Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday behind us, you just can't hide. It's time to do your holiday shopping. For miles and points hounds, picking up stocking stuffers and more expensive gifts offers a lucrative opportunity to earn rewards.
The Power of Shopping Portals to Maximize Miles
Some people think that if they don't fly or stay at a hotel often enough, they have no chance of earning enough miles or points for free travel. That's simply not true. These days, loyalty programs are a business in and of themselves and offer a myriad of ways to rack up miles from co-branded credit cards to online shopping malls. All you need to do is purchase items you were going to buy anyway through these portals to get bonus points.