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My 2014 Holiday Shopping Strategy

OMG y’all – it’s shopping season. Even if you are a “only start celebrating Christmas after Thanksgiving” folk, you can’t deny that the deals are happening NOW.

This afternoon, our family was invited to a train exhibit at the North Park mall here in Dallas. It’s not even full-blown shopping season and it took us 20 minutes to find parking. No thank you. The mall was crowded. People are rude. (Hello, happiest time of the year, cheer up and stop taking this shopping this so seriously!) After dragging the kids in and out – this experience confirmed what I already knew that I would be doing this holiday season…. shopping ONLINE.

Online Shopping and Free Shipping

My 2015 holiday shopping strategy? Wine in hand, fire in the fireplace, yoga pants on and a sloppy top knot for a hairstyle – I can shop from the comfort of my home without fighting the crowds. This captures what my online shopping nights will look like to a “t”.


The one kicker with online shopping is shipping. Sure finding a great deal is fabulous, but if you have to tack on $6.99 for shipping the deal is KILLED.  But I have a secret for you. Have you heard of is a membership service that well, gives you FREE SHIPPING – but that’s not it. also gives you 10% cash back with EACH purchase. Also, if you’re not happy with an online purchase, they will cover the return shipping costs. And possibly my favorite benefit: you get PRICE PROTECTION! If you see a recent purchase advertised for less within90 days, they will pay you the difference.

I have already started my shopping. My favorite store is Nordstrom Rack, which charges $7.95 for shipping. I needed a new coat for my toddler boy – and will be able to claim that money back – AND get 10% of the total back.

nordstrom rack toddler coat


Getting your shipping money and rebate is easy peasy. Just go to and enter your receipt information.

Free Shipping .com Coupon Code

Not sure if you will use it enough to account for a membership? No worries – you can give it a trial run with coupon code HOLIDAY2014. This will give you a free 30-day trial membership and you receive a discounted monthly rate as well, after you 30-day free trial.

On top of that, if you shop Black Friday, will be offering 20% cash back at five different retailers per day from Black Friday (November 28) through Cyber Monday (December 1). Some participating retailers include Walmart, QVC, Sears, Children’s Place, Gap, and Nordstrom.

That’s another 20% on top of what other deals you grab! That’s MONDO!

So there you have it… My holiday shopping strategy. Shop online, wine-in-hand with free shipping.

What’s your shopping strategy?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

ellen beck

Saturday 22nd of November 2014

I havent heard of this one- ad youre right free shipping is a huge factor when buying online. I might have to check this out- thanks!