LOS ANGELES — It’s the time of year when people across the country are gearing up for the Christmas shopping season.
That means shoppers are going to want to shop online this holiday season.
But if you want to maximize your savings, it’s important to be aware of what items you can shop for at grocery stores, said Lisa Kelleher, associate director of retail marketing at Cushman & Meyers.
You’ll want to be mindful of all the products you buy in bulk and in store, Kellehers said.
“Don’t just take a quick look at the price tag of everything,” she said.
Cushman’s Kellehere’s advice: “The best way to get the most bang for your buck is to buy your groceries from a store that is going to offer the lowest price,” Kelleherer said.
That includes participating retailers like Wal-Mart, Kroger, Costco and Target.
“That will mean you’re going to be able to get in on the discount as soon as you’re there,” she added.
In addition to the discount, Kelsie recommends going into the store to check out items on sale, and checking out the products on sale.
For example, Kearshe recommends shopping for fruits and vegetables like strawberries, cantaloupe, kale and apples, which are sold in a variety of sizes.
“If you can pick up a little of that variety and a little less for the cost of the same, it’ll make your shopping experience more convenient,” Kelsia said.
When shopping online, make sure to look for the store’s checkout system.
There are a variety different ways to shop, so it’s helpful to be familiar with the process, Kleshe said.
For instance, you may be able do a shopping cart checkout, but the process of filling out a shopping basket is different than if you go through the store.
If you shop online, you’ll see a pop-up that allows you to select which items you want on your basket, Keshe said, and if you’re shopping at the same time, you can also choose to shop at different times.
“It’s very important that you do the right shopping,” she advised.
If you’re looking for a discount, you might be able get a free box or a free shipping option from the company, Klehe said (the offer is limited to one box per customer per day, so you’ll have to shop in batches if you don’t want to use the same box multiple times).
If you need help deciding which items to buy, there’s also the option to shop individually or in batches, Kselleher said.
If shopping online is all you’re doing, don’t forget to check back with Cushmans online store for more discounts, coupons and special offers.
The store is also offering a free two-week trial to sign up.
Kleshe advises shopping at participating retailers that are participating in their online store.
“When you shop at the stores, make an effort to make a list of the items that are on sale,” Kleshes said.
You may be surprised at how many of the retailers are participating, Kladeres said.
It’s a great opportunity to get your shopping done before Christmas.
“They can save you a ton of money,” she stressed.
The best part about shopping online this Christmas, Kkelleher added, is that shoppers will be able save money in the long run.
“The most effective way to save money is to shop more,” she suggested.
For more shopping tips, check out these tips for shopping online.