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Here's how you can save money during your holiday shopping on Lunch Break with Jay Crawford

"Couponing with Rachel" founder Rachel Kryst shares three unexpected ways to stretch your dollar this holiday season.

CLEVELAND — On Monday’s Lunch Break with Jay Crawford, we chewed over ways to save money while still getting something for everyone on your holiday shopping list.

Rachel Krych, the founder of Couponing with Rachel, stopped by the studio to teach us three ways to keep more of our hard-earned money in the bank.

Tip #1: Grab Black Friday Deals Now 

Many stores offer early Black Friday pricing, like Best Buy, Kohl's and Target, which have already done so.

One popular item, the Cuddl Duds throw, is actually cheaper today than on Black Friday, according to Rachel's website.

But for those of us with fear of missing out by shopping too soon, Rachel recommends saving receipts to you can return your purchases if the price does happen to drop. 

And as a bonus, by taking advantage of their deals early, you can also avoid the crowds.

Tip #2: Look For and Stack Coupon Codes

As much as we all hate to clog our inbox and feeds, signing up for emails and following social media pages can lead to big savings, Rachel said.

You can keep up with coupon codes on Rachel's site, like on this post where she keeps tabs on all of the current Kohl's coupon codes. 

Tip #3: Don't Forget The Drug Stores

Stores like CVS offer amazing freebies during the week of Thanksgiving, Rachel said. You can use these items as gifts or stocking stuffers.

For example, from November 28-30, is offering a 3-month XBox Game pass for $29.99, and when you buy it  you'll get back $20 Extra Bucks, which works just like cash you can spend in the store.

The drug store is also offering a 23 & Me DNA Kit for $29.99 during that same time, but you'll get back the full purchase price of $29.99 in Extra Bucks, which makes it a freebie.

Watch the segment in the video here, and catch the full episode in the player below:

Jay lunched with 3News’ Hollie Strano and the two were joined by digital anchor Stephanie Haney.

You can lunch with us each day by commenting on our live streams and tweeting with us during the show using #3lunchbreak.

Your involvement is a huge part of the show, so make sure to keep the conversation going for a chance to have your questions and comments shared on the air.

Lunch Break with Jay Crawford airs Monday through Friday at 12 p.m. Eastern on 3News, and streams live on WKYC.com, YouTube, Facebook and on our 3News app.

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