SOURCE: Freebies2Deals


August 22, 2011 09:00 ET

Start Holiday Shopping Now to Save up to 50 Percent or More, Says Freebies2Deals

Expert Couponer, Melea Johnson of Freebies2Deals, Shares Five Tips on How to Save Money Now for the Holidays

LEHI, UT--(Marketwire - Aug 22, 2011) - With the dog days of summer upon us, thoughts of candy canes, mistletoe and Old Saint Nick may be the last thing on your mind. But Freebies2Deals, a popular shopping, deal and couponing company, is telling consumers they can slash their spending in half if they will start their holiday season shopping today.

"As a young mother, I know that many of us are already feeling the financial stress of the looming holiday season and looking for ways to still make it work (in spite of economic pressures)," says shopping expert, Melea Johnson, founder and publisher of Freebies2Deals. "Now is the time to start planning for holiday shopping and by doing so consumers can save a lot of money, time and pain! The problem is that people often don't think about it until it's too late and pay way too much for items they could have purchased on sale during the months leading up to the holidays."

Johnson says many retailers actually raise prices in November and slash prices on a few items around Thanksgiving. Retailers will also clear out most of the inventory in the late summer or early fall to make room for their Christmas inventory.

"Savvy shoppers plan ahead and save tons of money in the process," Johnson said. "They also eliminate a lot of stress and worry from their lives by starting holiday shopping early. For example, almost everything I bought for last Christmas was on sale, I was 99 percent done with my shopping by Halloween, I found every item I wanted to purchase, and I saved more than half off of what I would have spent had I bought at the suggested retail prices."

In a tight economy, Freebies2Deals offers the following pre-Christmas shopping tips on how to score good deals and cut down on holiday stress:

  • Put Christmas lists together now. "Doing so will help you see what the regular retail prices are for those items," Johnson says. "When you see an item with a lower price or on sale, you will be able to recognize a good deal when you see it. That will allow you to pounce while the deal is hot."

  • Shop online. "With a combination of Free Shipping codes and discount coupon codes, you will find deals and savings you simply can't get in stores," Johnson explained. "You should also sign-up for your favorite store's email list. By doing this, you will get advance notice when their special promotions come around."

  • Leverage social media for your benefit. According to Johnson, social media Websites can be a treasure trove for freebies and deals that make for great stocking stuffers. "If you don't already have accounts, join Facebook and get a Twitter account. Then Friend or Follow your favorite brands online. Most offer free giveaways and special coupons to their followers all the time."

  • Keep your eyes open: Sales happen all the time. "Just because it's not December, doesn't mean you can't save money for the holidays," Johnson added. Sales, clearances and bargains happen all the time. It's never too early to shop for Christmas. You can always stash away presents in your home and use them for Birthdays too!

  • Sign up for free couponing forums and deal sites. "I've designed to do almost all the work for my Facebook Friends, Twitter followers and Website subscribers," Johnson said. "It's absolutely free to get this information from or via Twitter or our Facebook Fan Page. Just sign-up and we'll teach you how to get year-round deals for your family on all kinds of products and services -- including ways to save money with Christmas shopping."

"Many consumers believe that the best deals are to be had on Black Friday, but that is often not the case," Johnson said. "Especially during this economic downturn, there are so many deals to be had that with a little planning, and help from sites such as, your Christmas shopping can be completely finished even before the leaves start changing. And your wallet will thank you!"

About Freebies2Deals

Founded in 2009, Freebies2Deals is a leading provider of money-saving tips, ideas and information. Led by expert couponer and savvy shopper, Melea Johnson, Freebies2Deals helps anyone learn how to stop paying full price by finding deals and sharing them with others. Its free website,, is one of the fastest-growing shopping, deal and couponing sites in the world, one of several company properties where visitors can learn about deals and how to save money. For more information, visit

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