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November 09, 2010 08:00 ET

Ten Easy Ways to Save This Holiday Season From CouponMountain.com

The Trusted Online Savings Site Offers Tips to Become This Season's Shopping Superstar

MONROVIA, CA--(Marketwire - November 9, 2010) -  Consumers plan to spend almost $700* on gifts this holiday season, so CouponMountain.com has put together 10 ways to help people make their money go further. CouponMountain.com, the most trusted source for online coupons, promotional codes and deals from major consumer brands, has helped consumers save money for almost a decade. As the holiday sales heat up, this list can help busy shoppers find the best deals and stick to their budgets without feeling like Scrooge.

Ten Savings Tips From CouponMountain.com:

1. Always use a coupon. How much is a minute of your time worth? Just 60 seconds -- time for a quick search to find a coupon code on CouponMountain.com -- could save you a lot of money. Before you hit "confirm order" you should always look for coupons to enter into the promo code box at the online store.

2. Go social to save. If you don't have a Twitter or Facebook account, now is the time to sign up. Many of the best deals are exclusively offered via social networks or appear there first. So start following/friending your favorite stores, savings bloggers and coupon sites like CouponMountain.com. You can set up your Twitter account to send alerts to your email or phone, and on Facebook the coupons will appear on your news feed.

3. Don't ignore today's deals. Retailers have been putting out their holiday merchandise since before Halloween, and the same is true for their discounts. If you want to get your shopping done before Thanksgiving, there are great sales and coupons to use right now. In fact, the National Retail Federation predicts better pre-Thanksgiving deals than past seasons, so you don't have to wait.

4. Look for giveaways and contests. Many sites and stores are running online giveaways with great prizes at this time of year. Look on freebie sites, contest forums and your favorite savings blogs for new contests or raffles. The more you enter, the better your chances of winning. For stocking stuffers, look for free samples.

5. Stay on the lookout for new offers. Stores like Target, Pottery Barn, and Victoria's Secret are popular sources of gifts -- and they also have great holiday deals. Retailers are putting out fresh discounts all the time between now and the end of the year. The right coupon for you might be offered at any time, so keep an eye out for new savings.

6. Do the math on discounts. Retailers are putting out many different offers to entice shoppers, and they can add up to different savings depending on what you buy. If you have a choice between free shipping and 5% off, do a quick calculation or try both codes to see which gives you the best savings.

7. Take the smartphone shopping. There's an app for just about everything, including price comparisons and bar code scanners. Plus, many of your favorite sites have been designed to view on smartphones, so you can have all the tools you need in your pocket. Before you buy in the store, look online to see if a better deal can be found. And consider downloading an app to keep track of your shopping list. We like Amazon Mobile for the iPhone, Frugalytics for the BlackBerry, and ShopSavvy for Android.

8. Use the secret savings source. Gift cards are a popular stocking stuffer, but many of them go unused. Check your wallet or sock drawer for unused gift cards from last year -- and use them to buy presents this season. Or, there are sites to sell cards for cash and/or buy discounted cards for a secret savings. Check out plasticjungle.com or giftcardrescue.com.

9. Shop smarter, not harder. One of the best gifts you can give yourself this holiday season is some shopping stress relief. Take the pain out of finding affordable presents online by shopping smarter. On Smarter.com you can see which retailer has the best price as well as which products are on sale or have coupons available. The wish list function makes it easy to keep online shopping organized.

10. Avoid paying sales tax. Unless you live in a state where the online retailer has a physical presence, you don't have to pay sales tax on your purchases. You won't see the tax-free savings when you're checking out, but it can really add up.

Bonus Tip -- Mark the date! There are so many ways to save we couldn't help but add a bonus tip! For many consumers, the "most wonderful time of the year" is the Friday and Monday after Thanksgiving -- Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Don't get left in the dust of these super-deal days. Last year CouponMountain.com saw 32 percent more coupon users on Black Friday and 50 percent more during Cyber Monday.

These tips brought to you by CouponMountain.com, your best source for exclusive holiday savings, reliable coupon codes, product discount news and sale announcements. Check back often for the latest deals at www.couponmountain.com, and follow us on Twitter -- @CouponMountain -- and Facebook.

* According to the National Retail Federation's 2010 Holiday Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey.

About CouponMountain.com
CouponMountain.com is the most trusted source for online coupons, promotional codes, and deals in a wide variety of categories, such as clothing, home and garden, electronics, and more. CouponMountain.com has been a leader in saving consumers money since 2001 and features exclusive online coupons from top brands such as Victoria's Secret, HP, Ann Taylor Loft, and FTD. CouponMountain.com also regularly offers coupons and deals from a number of top retailers such as Target, Pottery Barn, Kohl's and more. Based in Monrovia, CA, CouponMountain is part of ValueClick Brands, a wholly owned subsidiary of ValueClick (NASDAQ: VCLK).

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