WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- WFMY News 2 shares secrets from the Gibsons on saving and budgeting during the holiday shopping season.
Over the years, the Gibsons have come up with a tried and true plan to getting the best deals on the best gifts.
Stephen Gibson told WFMY News 2 that it starts with a budget. He sets a budget and puts every single thing he buys into an excel spreadsheet.
"That way I can monitor the cost, not go over whatever budget we've set," said Gibson.
Stephen Gibson does a lot of his shopping around online. He's had the best luck with amazon.com, newegg.com, woot.com, and e-bay. By putting things on his online wish list, he can monitor the price before purchasing.
He'll even refer to online prices when he's in the store by using his Amazon app on his phone. He scans the barcode to see if Amazon can beat the price. The Gibsons have Amazon Prime, an annual fee that guarantees free two-day shipping.
While Stephen monitors the online shopping, his wife, Theresa Gibson is busy clipping.
"I handle the food end of the deal with the big Christmas dinners and stuff so I use my coupons everyday when there is a good deal and I buy nine papers a week," said Theresa.
It takes Theresa about twelve hours a week between cutting and sorting the coupons. She also makes multiple trips to the stores because they usually don't take them all at once.
Theresa said, "It's worth it when you're getting free stuff and cheap turkeys."
Theresa gave a few pointers for coupon beginners:
- Buy Sunday papers. They have the best coupons.
- Organize your coupons and keep the book in your car so you never forget them.
- And ALWAYS get a rain check if a store is out. They usually don't expire.
WFMY News 2