Never, ever do I make a major purchase — and rarely even one over 30 or 40 dollars — without doing some internet comparison shopping. Using a shopping bot, I can compare prices all over the internet. If you haven't done this before, you'll be amazed at how vastly different prices on the exact same item can be. You can save a bundle over the course of a year.
After searching for the vendors with the best available prices, I look for coupon codes and promotion codes. Often, I will post coupon codes for my favorite stores here and there are a number of sites that specialize in this kind of service. Savings.com coupons are one great source for instant savings on your purchases. Sometimes you click through to a promotional page on the vendor site, but in most cases you simply enter the coupon or promotion code in your online shopping cart.
Savings codes will generally give you free shipping, a percentage off your total purchase, or a dollar amount discounted if you meet the minimum sale price (such as $10 off a $50 purchase).
In my experience, saving 20% is common using these codes and sometimes you can stack deals, such as earning free shipping and getting a bundle off the purchase price.
Savings.com's home page is currently featuring coupons worth 10% off at JCPenney, 20% off Macy's, $5 off a $40 purchase at Drugstore.com, $5 off a %40 purchase or 20% off with free shipping, both at Sears, etc.
It just takes a few minutes to find big online discounts to stretch your holiday budget.