Become an online money saving expert before the Christmas shopping season

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — There are several ways to save money and get what your family wants for the holiday.

"There are deals everywhere, you just have to know where to look and when to shop," said Tracie Fobes, the Raymore woman behind the "Penny Pincher Mom" website. "If you plan it properly and you really know where to shop and when to shop and how to shop, you can score amazing deals and still get everything you want for the holidays."

Fobes said it’s easy to get overwhelmed, so start small.

"For some people getting all the offers in your inbox is all you can handle. Only use your email. For others, its apps, then only use your phone. Don't try to look at the print ad then look at the online ad, then your email because you’re going to get completely overwhelmed," she said.

Start with your gift list, then target the stores that sell those items and either download their app or join their email list.

If you're a heavy social media user, then follow your favorite stores, they will sometimes send discounts they don't send via other mediums.

You like coupon codes, instead of searching for the best one yourself, you can download extension apps, like Honey and Invisible Hand, that do the searching for you.

"It seems like it's apps and extensions and such that are trying to think for you. It's scary that someone is in my head knowing what I am looking for but at the same time it does help because I don't have to go looking that far," she said. 

Forbes also said sign up to a retailer with a new email. They likely send you a new user discount.
And if there are any must-have items on your children's list, don't wait for a discount.

"If you are smart, you can buy that item at regular price, and then get everything else at deep discounts," said Fobes.

Fobes has more than half million page views a month at Penny Penchin' Mom. She said she barely sleeps during Thanksgiving week. She is up all day and night making sure her website has the best deals and answering all kinds of questions.

"There's no greater feeling in the world than knowing that you made a difference in someone life," said Fobes.

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