Fresh & Fit Friday: Best practices for holiday spending

Being young adults, many of us have not yet acquired the financial freedom to throw down hundreds of dollars on holiday presents this year. So, while the average gift-giver plans to spend $861 on presents, young adults may be striving to avoid that debt trap. Since dumping over $800 is likely not financially feasible, making the most of limited holiday spending funds becomes a necessity.

List-making is a powerful tool. If you know what you are going to buy, you can watch out for the best deals. I like to make a list of people I will be buying for, then I list the gifts. 

Once you know what you will get, it is all about doing research and shopping around! Compare, compare, compare. Some sites and apps will do that for you to take out some of the headache! For example:  RetailMeNot

Another good piece of advice:  if you find something that is a good deal, buy it in bulk. (You can give the same gift to different people!)

To help hone in on the best holiday deals, here are the resources you can use! 

RetailMeNot app and website that help you to find discounts and coupons, while comparing prices in the store! Stay on your toes, and be ahead of the retailers! You will never miss out on the best buys! is fantastic because by shopping on their website, you can earn rebates, coupons, and cash back from places like UGG, Land's End, Bloomingdales, Ulta, J.Crew, and more!

Groupon is wonderful because you can shop locally and find local deals on everything from food and drink, things to do, beauty and spas, health and fitness, automotive, shopping, and more!

These are just a few suggestions for places to start, but there SO many websites and apps out there. If you have a favorite shopping app or website for deal-finding, share your secret! 

Happy holiday shopping, everyone!