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Holiday shopping can be confusing and stressful for everyone. Don’t let it get you overwhelmed!

With offers flooding our inboxes, commercials urging us to take advantage of holiday sales and discounts, and more coupons than we can count, it’s easy to feel stressed and confused. To find the best deals and meet all of your holiday shopping needs requires a certain savvy and an uncanny ability to filter out the distractions.

Here are some tips to help you hack holiday shopping like a boss:

Make a checklist

We all know that Santa makes a list and checks it twice. So should you! Don’t get suckered into making a bunch of impulse purchases, only to come home empty handed devoid of the items you actually wanted. Treat your holiday shopping as if it was a trip to the grocery store. Stay focused and check off each item one by one as you buy them.

Your smartphone is your secret weapon

Arrive at store armed and ready smartphone in hand. Use your phone to compare prices on the spot with those of competitors and ask the retailer to match any lower prices you find. As long as you do this in a tactful and respectful manner, you will not annoy salespeople, who by now are used to this and want to make the sale anyway.

Pay attention to daily deals

Follow daily deals sites, such as Groupon, LivingSocial, and Dan’s Deals, extra closely. If normally you simply delete their emails, now is the time to start reading them. If you have an app for a daily deal site, turn on the push notifications on your phone or follow them on Twitter for announcements of new deals. This will put you in the know so that you can quickly snatch up the discounts before others do.

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