How to beat the rush and shop smarter this Black Friday and Cyber Monday

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(BPT) - For many people, gift-giving during the holiday season is an important way they show their appreciation for their loved ones. According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), 62% of holiday shoppers agree it’s important to spend on holiday gifts and celebrations this year, and they're even willing to cut back in other areas to celebrate like they usually do. However, with the continued rise of inflation in the U.S., it may be challenging for many to stick to their holiday budgets.

Before you make plans to go out and shop after you’ve enjoyed your Thanksgiving meal, remember that there are downsides to shopping in-store on Black Friday. Everyone has their own rendition of this story: standing in line for hours, shivering, only to be told at the front that the smart TV you’ve been eyeing was already sold out. Even worse: once you’re inside, you’re bombarded with so many offers that you have no idea if you are really getting the best price. These situations can be stressful and even make you go over your budget, despite your best efforts!

So how can you maximize savings on those special holiday gifts for each person on your list? And how can you find discounts and deals without wasting time searching for coupons that might not work at checkout? This year, avoid unnecessary stress and score the top deals during Black Friday and Cyber Monday by shopping online with PayPal Honey. The PayPal Honey mobile and desktop browser extensions automatically discover and apply coupons at checkout and you can also earn points that can be redeemed for cash back and other rewards to make your holiday shopping even more rewarding.

If you’re looking to start shopping early, you can take advantage of PayPal Honey’s Droplist feature, which lets you add items you’re interested in to a watchlist and get automatically notified if the price drops so you can buy at a lower price. Your early holiday purchasing can be even more rewarding and done all from the comfort of your own home, so that you can focus on what matters most — your friends and family.

Get your shopping done easily, stay within your budget and make the holidays more enjoyable by shopping on Black Friday and Cyber Monday with PayPal Honey. To learn more and download the mobile and desktop extensions, visit JoinHoney.com/PayPal.