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Hacking Christmas Shopping with

Money Saving Tips for Frugal Hacking Christmas

Ah the consumerist mecca is upon us.  Deck the halls and prepare your wallets!  Time to start thinking about Christmas gifts.  

I don’t know about you, but I tend to do all my shopping online now, mostly on Amazon.

One of my favorite things this year is It’s a do-it-yourself, price tracker website for Amazon.  It doesn’t make you register or give any info to see price information on things for sale on Amazon.  

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What I find really useful is the price history.  Here you can see the max price and the lowest price for an item.  You can make yourself an alert for when the price drops to what you are willing to pay and it will alert you when the price gets there.  

This year, the big ticket item my kids want is an inflatable bounce house for the basement.  So I’ve made an alert for that.  


I’m really interested to see what things do on Black Friday/Cyber Monday.  I wonder if the price drop during those days really are the lowest ever, as they claim.  

Camelcamelcamel is generally right, but sometimes it does mess up.  Like today, it is telling me the Rumba is on sale for $183 but on Amazon it is $297.  Anyway, it is nice to see the price history and see how low the prices actually can go.  

I was hoping to tell you now how you could get refunded if the price dropped after you bought an item with apps like Paribus and Earny.  These apps exploited the price protection clause on credit cards to file a claim on your behalf and get some money back.  Unfortunately,  price protection on credit cards (refunds within 30-90 days of purchase when prices drop)  have been fazed out of major credit cards, like Chase.  Amazon also used to have price protection, but they seem to have fazed it out. So, price tracking manually may be the next best thing.  

Do you have any tips for saving on Amazon? Please share in comments below!

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Standard Disclaimer: For Entertainment Purposes only.  Not meant to be personalized financial advice.  Do your own research and consult a financial planner and account prior to making major money decisions.  Views are my own and do not represent any employer.  Images from by RawPixel


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