Fall is all about pretty leaves, crisp air and hot cider, but it's also the season for shopping—between refreshing your winter wardrobe, cozying up your home, preparing for the holidays and buying gifts, it can feel like your shopping list is never-ending. These tips and tools can help you get all your seasonal shopping done without breaking the bank:
Overhaul your email
If you shop online frequently or give your email at the checkout counter, chances are your inbox is probably drowning in marketing emails from just about every store you've ever been to. These email subscriptions can be handy for finding out about sales, but not if you're getting dozens (or hundreds) a day. Take some time to go through your emails, unsubscribe from the mailing lists you don't need, and make sure you're subscribed to newsletters from the stores you actually frequent so amazing deals don't get lost in the shuffle.
For online shoppers, Honey is a must-download. It's a browser extension that helps you find discount codes to apply to your cart when you check out, so you can save the most money on your purchases. It works especially well for buying items on Amazon since it searches for other sellers with the same products, but it also has discount codes for tons of your favorite stores (everything from food and clothing to home goods and electronics) and offers ways to earn cash back. All you have to do is click the Honey button at checkout, and the extension will automatically try every known coupon code for that site in seconds and apply the ones that work.
Plan ahead & bookmark
Whether you're in need of new clothes, decor or holiday gifts, planning ahead can help you save money in the long run. Make lists of the items you want and need so you can snatch them up when you see a sale, and if there's a specific brand or item you need to buy online, bookmark it and check on it periodically to see if any new sales or discounts have come up so you can get it for the lowest price. Plus, it can't hurt to set a budget in advance so you don't spend more than you need to.
Is there anything more frustrating than buying something, only to find the same exact item at another store for a much lower price? ShopSavvy is a mobile app and browser extension that helps you find the lowest price available for a particular item in the first place, so you can avoid that buyer's remorse. To use it, you just scan the barcode of a product you want to buy, and it searches for it elsewhere to see if you can get it for less. It also helps you find and keep track of sales, and works in more than 40,000 stores. It also has a feature that allows you to look at stores in your neighborhood to see which ones are actively having sales—perfect for any last minute shopping trips.