5 Holiday Shopping Hacks You Need This Season

5 Holiday Shopping Hacks You Need This Season


When you hit a wall this holiday season, instead of turning into the Grinch, use these easy hacks to save your Yuletide joy.

1. Save Money By Using PayPal 

Ready to save money? PayPal’s Holiday Hub features a number of stores that are running deals all season long when you pay with PayPal. Even better? PayPal provides customer protections for your holiday shopping (because peace of mind is so hard to come by this month).Customers can activate Return Shipping’s on Us, and PayPal will cover up to $30 of the return shipping costs for up to four returns until 1/31/16. But that's not all: PayPal also offers Purchase Protection, which gives customers up to 180 days to request a refund, and Pay After Delivery, allowing shoppers to check out now, but can keep the money in their account for up to 14 days. 

2. Utilize Free Shipping Day! 

Last minute and forgetful shoppers — this one goes out to you. On December 18th, multiple retailers will participate in offering free shipping on all orders — with no minimum and a guaranteed delivery by Christmas Eve. In the past, 600+ retailers, from Walmart to Target to Forever 21 attached themselves to this budding holiday, and more are sure to get in on it this year.

3. Let the Recipient Choose the Color/ Size They Want

Not sure what to get some of the people on your list? Browse hand curated top-selling collections from leading brands and retailers on www.loopgift.com and choose a gift they’re guaranteed to love. This e-gifting site is a new shopping experience where you’re able to combine the thoughtfulness of a chosen gift, the flexibility of a gift card and convenience of shopping online at your favorite retailers. The idea is that you choose a gift, but the gift recipient has the flexibility to determine size, color, style or even a different gift type altogether. No hassle of returns and exchanges if what you picked isn’t quite right. You just need to know the gift recipient’s email address, no need to look up physical shipping addresses. So. Easy. 

4. Get Alerted When Prices Drop 

Did you know about this helpful Pinterest feature? You start by pinning the products you've been eyeing to a secret board, then, turn on your price drop notifications in the settings page of your profile and wait for the e-mail alerts to roll in as holiday sales start to launch. Pinterest will notify you anytime one of your products has dropped in price, saving you all the money. 

5. Save Time, Shop on the Go

Commuting can take a lot of time out of your daily routine, why not use it to check things off your “to do” list? Seems like a no brainer, correct? First of all, save time on the process and download the new SF Muni app. Launched last month, the brand new app allows you to conveniently and securely buy your Muni ticket and pay your fare all within your mobile phone. The app, available on the App Store and Google Play, is built by GlobeSherpa on top of PayPal’s Braintree platform and offers PayPal as a payment option. Now that you have your ticket taken care of, use your commute to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. Browsing for gifts has never been more accessible, and paying via PayPal One Touch™ can make checkout more convenient than ever, eliminating the need for you to type in usernames and passwords.

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