Insider Tips for Smart Holiday Shopping

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Smart Shopping Expert, Trae Bodge, and Zulily’s Claire Magruder Offer Tips on Navigating the Holiday Shopping Season

With long lists and tight budgets, holiday shoppers are making their list and checking it twice this season. In fact, 87 percent of consumers check multiple sites when shopping online. But how do shoppers know if they are getting the best price? Recently, Smart Shopping Expert Trae Bodge and Zulily’s Claire Magruder teamed with YourUpdateTV to discuss some insider tips for smart holiday shopping.

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For most, getting started is the hardest part. Start by making a list of gift recepients and determine how much each gift should cost. Then, tally the costs and determine the shopping budget. Also, be aware of money-saving resources. For instance, from October 2nd to December 19th, Zulily is launching the Best Price Promise to help shoppers find the best deals out there. Consumers can compare products that are also sold on Amazon or Walmart and Zulily will match the lowest price.

Each day at Zulily, they launch a hundred new curated sales featuring thousands of great products up to 70 percent off. Most shoppers perceive Amazon or Walmart to have the lowest prices, but in fact, Zulily has lower prices 97% of the time. With Zulily’s Best Price Promise, they are taking on the onus of comparison shopping this holiday season and bringing transparency to shoppers with deals that save them $5-$10 on every item under the tree. Saving time and money means more time to spend with loved ones, and that’s what the holidays are all about.

In terms of the hottest holiday gifts, there are a lot of options, including everything from these cozy slippers from Muk Luks to these fun art sets from Crayola, which start at just $19.99. Shoppers are also gravitating toward gravity blankets — like these ones from Millihome available at Zulily — and unique learning systems for kids such as this Coding Critters Interactive Coding Toy from Learning Resources.

For more information on the Zulily Best Price Promise check out the Zulily app or visit

About Trae Bodge:
Trae Bodge is an accomplished lifestyle journalist and TV commentator who specializes in smart shopping, personal finance, lifestyle, parenting and retail. In addition to monthly “Best Buys” segments on local network stations in New York City and Washington, DC, she has appeared on dozens of TV shows, including Rachael Ray, Inside Edition, CNBC and network affiliates nationwide. Trae has been named a Top Voice in Retail by LinkedIn and a top personal finance expert by GoBankingRates and FlexJobs. She is a contributing editor at Woman’s Day magazine and her writing and expert commentary have appeared in Forbes,, Kiplinger, Marketwatch, MSN, Yahoo Finance and numerous others.

About Claire Magruder:
Claire constantly has her eye on what's next. Whether it's the best new look for an upcoming event, that necklace you just have to have, or a bigger-picture look at this season's trends, Claire is our go-to for fashion and style advice. Claire has a background in styling and design, with published work in the likes of Martha Stewart Living, Good Housekeeping, OK Magazine, Seattle Magazine and more. Her television and film work includes Boardwalk Empire, The Big C, The Today Show, The Martha Stewart Show, Winter's Tale and more. Claire is also the founder and author of the blog “That Pleasant Surprise,” which focuses on finding the beauty in our everyday lives.

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