NEW YORK (MainStreet) – Hanukkah began two days ago and Christmas is just three days away, so if you’re among the 25% of Americans who haven’t started their Christmas shopping yet, it’s time to get yourself in gear. Here are a few deals to make sure you don’t overspend in your haste, with an eye toward purchases that you don’t have to wait to be delivered.
Barnes & Noble offers a printable coupon that gives you 30% off any one item. There are, of course, exclusions: You can’t use it for textbooks, Nook devices or video games, for instance, and other exclusions are listed in the fine print. The coupon is good through Christmas Eve.
Restaurant.com offers 90% off restaurant gift certificates when you use the coupon code JOY. The site regularly offers $25 gift certificates for just $10, so this means that you can get select $25 gift certificates for just $1. Note that many of the restaurants in question have terms and conditions attached to the use of these certificates, including minimum purchase requirements. Still, for only a dollar or two you can buy someone a gift certificate to their favorite restaurant. It’s not clear how long the code is valid, but we’re guessing it won’t last much beyond the holiday season.
Steam, the PC game download service, offers the PC version of the new Batman: Arkham City for just $25, a 50% discount. It’s not clear how long the sale will last.
When you buy the Nintendo 3DS system at its new price of $170 from Best Buy, the retailer will throw in a $30 Best Buy gift card. The device ships for free, but won’t arrive in time for Christmas, so your best bet is to choose in-store pickup. As long as you order by 3 p.m. on Christmas Eve, you’ll be able to pick it up the same day.
Sears offers a Zenith 50-inch 1080p plasma TV for just $550, marked down from $700. While Sears is currently offering free home shipping on TVs that cost more than $499, your order won’t arrive in time for Christmas, so your best bet is to buy in-store or purchase online and select in-store pickup.
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Matt Brownell is a staff reporter for MainStreet. You can reach him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow him on Twitter @Brownellorama.