7 On Your Side's 100 days until Christmas early shopping and travel tips

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Friday, September 15, 2023
100 days until Christmas: early shopping and travel tips
Believe it or not, Saturday, September 16 marks 100 days until Christmas. Nina Pineda has some tips for consumers ahead of the holiday season.

NEW YORK (WABC) -- Believe it or not, Saturday, September 16 marks 100 days until Christmas.

That day is even a holiday on its own in some countries.

You can start shopping for the holidays by using comparison shopping apps or browser extensions.

Some more early holiday shopping tips:

- Spread out your purchases

- Find free money

- Use a cash-back credit card that pays you back

- Use unused gift cards

- Sell old technology

- Upload receipts to sites like Rakuten or Fetch

Know when to shop:

- October 15 is the toy sweet spot

-Black Friday is on November 24

Make yourself a Christmas prenup:

- Set spending limits

- Secret Santa

- Go for a night out or a trip instead of a gift

7 On Your Side's Nina Pineda joined Eyewitness News @10 for an extended discussion on early shopping and travel tips.

Nina Pineda has your early holiday shopping and travel tips from 7 On Your Side.

Don't forget to think about your holiday travel which is now at its lowest level since December 2006.

It's shoulder season, that time between peak and off-peak travel periods.

There is low demand and high supply.

You could even buy a ticket now and give it as a holiday gift for travel in January.

Domestic travel dropped about $87 on average, that's almost a 30% drop from summer's high prices.

But it gets even brighter on the international scene.

You'll save between $100 to over $400 per ticket.

If you want to travel for the holidays, between Thanksgiving and Christmas you are in a sweet spot window until October 15.

Three cheap ticket tips:

- Avoid a Saturday stay

- Travel midweek

- Avoid fare bucket dump: break up group

Taking off to Europe was costing over a thousand, now it's 30% off!

Fly across the pond from all three New York City airports to London for $600 and change.

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