November and December are the busiest months as gift shopping reaches its peak. People rush around looking for the best gifts and the best deals leaving a lot of money in the shops. Holiday season may force you to go over the household budget. However, it is possible to be on budget even if you need to buy gifts for whole your big family, friends, and pets. There are different tricks and ways to save on holiday shopping, and a credit card is one of them. Read below what are the key holiday shopping dates and how to save money with credit cards during holiday shopping season.
Holiday shopping season is the time when you can take advantage of various limited-time deals. But before you start your deal hunting, check out your credit card or get a new rewards credit card to make sure you will get maximum savings out of your holiday shopping spree.
Putting all your gift purchases on a cash rewards credit card is one of the best ways to maximize your savings during holiday shopping season and maintain your budget. A common cash back credit card will bring 1% or 2% cash back on all your purchases. But if you choose a credit card with rotating shopping categories, your savings can be up to 5%. For example, the Discover it® - Cashback Match™ card gives 5% cashback bonus in shopping categories that change every quarter. The Discover's holiday season shopping category, that is active from October through December. Currently, you can earn up to 5% back on shopping at Amazon.com and Target. Once you sign up, all purchases made in this category will earn 5% cashback bonus on up to $1,500 in purchases. When you reach the spending limit, you will continue earning 1% cash back. Don't miss the opportunity to earn more on Black Friday Deals!
Amazon has partnered with major banks to allow its customers to pay with points when they shop online at Amazon.com. The partners of the program are Amazon.com Rewards Visa, Membership Rewards Program from American Express, Chase Ultimate Rewards, Citi ThankYou Rewards, Cashback Bonus from Discover, and Miles by Discover. If you are a member of one of those programs, you can easily use points to pay for an order at Amazon.com in the same way you would with any other payment method. You can choose to pay for all or part of your purchase with points when you are at checkout.
Another good way to maximize your savings is to use shopping portals that are run by major banks and credit card issuers. Discover, Citi, Barclaycard, Chase and American Express, they all have such portals to offer their members more ways to save on their online shopping. Often, members are able to double or even triple their savings by simply buying things through shopping portals. For example, with the Discover it® - Cashback Match™ credit card you'll also have access to Discover Deals, where cardholders can save from 5% to 25% on online purchases.
Cash back and points rewards are on the top of credit cards perks, but if you dig into the subject, you will see that your card can offer you much more than that. Today any credit card comes with such standard benefits like zero fraud liability and purchase protection. Here we outline some of them for you.
The issuer of the card can cover your purchase up to a specific amount if it is damaged or stolen. For example, Discover covers up to $500 of your eligible purchases.
Extended Product Warranty
Your credit card issuer can extend the terms of an existing warranty. Mastercard cardholders can have the terms of the manufacturer's warranty extended based on the program of a particular Mastercard.
Many issuers refund the purchase price if the original store does not accept the return. Mastercard cardholders can be eligible for a refund of the cost of the product up to $250 if the store does not accept a return within 60 days of purchase.
Banks are always on their guard. They secure credit card accounts in any possible way. Discover, for instance, monitors every Discover card purchase, guarantees $0 fraud liability and send alerts if something looks unusual.
** Savings may vary depending on the product and offer.
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