9 Easy Ways to Cut the Cost of Holiday Shopping

Purchase — or earn — discounted retail gift cards

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Websites such as Cardpool and Raise sell gift cards at a discount. Purchase these cards, and you can create your own built-in savings when you shop.

Price breaks are great, but free is even better. Some sites ask you to perform specific tasks in exchange for points that can be cashed in for free gift cards.

For example, fill out surveys and participate in other activities at Swagbucks and you can earn free gift cards for popular retailers.

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