PriceGrabber® Provides 10 tips to Save More Than $2,000 Before the 2011 Holiday Season

Sep 13, 2011, 09:00 ET from PriceGrabber

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The holiday season will be here before we know it and, in the midst of a still uncertain economic climate, many shoppers will be looking for savvy strategies to keep their wallets fat in preparation for holiday gift giving. PriceGrabber®, a part of Experian, has compiled several tips that can help consumers save more than $2,000 in the next three months.


Quit the gym but not your workouts. Gym memberships can cost an average of $30 to $70 per month, and chances are that busy, working consumers are not getting their money's worth. This season, be inspired by nature and work out outdoors by taking a run or hopping on the bike that's sitting in your garage. If it's cold, you can even work out right in your own living room by purchasing an inexpensive fitness DVD.

Potential three-month savings: $210


Take advantage of daily deal sites when dining out, and cook more at home: Daily deal sites can save shoppers 50 percent to 80 percent on fine dining. Check out sites like PriceGrabber's local deals category at to dine like a royal in your local area for a fraction of the price. Bring tasty leftovers to work at least twice a week to put away approximately $20 to $80 additional per month.

Potential three-month savings: $240


Bring movie night home instead of going to the theater. Revive your old movie collection or look for cheap DVDs online to save at least $40 on a family of four each time you have a movie night. Save even more by indulging in a big bowl of homemade popcorn instead of high-priced movie theater candy.

Potential three-month savings: $150


Cut the cable. By legally streaming your favorite shows online or ordering DVDs, you can easily save $90 per month or more. An inexpensive video graphics array cable can connect your computer to your television so you can watch on the big screen.

Potential three-month savings: $270


Skip the latte line. Become your own barista and make coffee at home in the morning instead of spending $3 on coffeehouse coffee every workday to save $10 per week and $40 per month. Gourmet coffee lovers can buy an inexpensive stovetop espresso pot or press pot and a handheld milk frother for about the cost of a week's worth of large lattes at a coffee shop.

Potential three-month savings: $120


Make holiday travel plans well in advance, and travel light. If your holiday trip requires traveling by plane, book airline tickets three months ahead of time to avoid last-minute fare hikes and save as much as $200 per roundtrip ticket. An additional bonus: You're more likely to be able to reserve the seat you want. Be sure to pack light — recycle looks by stocking up on fun accessories and forgoing bulky items to fit everything into a carry-on piece of luggage. You'll avoid extra costs such as $30 one-way baggage fees at the airport.

Potential savings: $230


Eliminate the landline. In our digital age, where nearly every family member owns a cell phone or a smartphone, landlines have become virtually obsolete. Consumers can save up to $30 per month by cutting their household landline. Alternately, sign up for a Voice over Internet Protocol line, and make calls using your Internet connection.

Potential three-month savings: $90


Utilize your mobile device in stores: Shop smart by using your mobile device as an aid while shopping in brick-and-mortar stores. PriceGrabber offers a handy app for iPhone, iPad and Android to help you get the best deal. Search, browse, compare, read product reviews, see local offers and even scan barcodes in stores to ensure you're getting the best price.

Potential three-month savings: Up to $250 or more


Take advantage of holiday sales and shop early: Keep tabs of sales to get a head start on holiday shopping. Spread your purchases out over a few months so your bank account (and sanity) don't go into shock in the few weeks before gift-giving days.

Potential three-month savings: Up to $250 or more


Put away the "dry clean only" clothes. Leave your dry clean only clothes in the closet and save up to $80 a month in charges. While you may miss wearing them for a few months, you will feel like you have a brand new wardrobe when you finally pull them out of the closet.

Potential three-month savings: $240

Total potential three-month savings: more than $2,000

In addition to these money-savvy tips, PriceGrabber offers a multitude of features to help shoppers stay on budget during the holiday shopping season, including side-by-side product comparisons, product and merchant reviews, email price alert notifications, and iPhone and Android mobile shopping applications with localization features to help consumers find the best deals in their area.


PriceGrabber, a part of Experian, is a leading online shopping site with more than 23 million unique shoppers monthly. At PriceGrabber, savvy shoppers can instantly find and compare millions of unique products and services across 25 categories with more than 11,000 merchants. Compare products side by side to find the right retailers at the best prices within popular categories, such as Digital Cameras, Electronics, Computers, Clothing, Books, TVs and more. PriceGrabber provides shoppers with the right product from the right merchant at the best price anytime, anywhere. Visit us at

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