You want to spend less this holiday season?

This is not a sly tactic to pretend you’re out of town in order to buy gifts at the after-Christmas sales. We’re not talking about ways to make more of what you spend on holiday-related products. According to the National Retail Federation, the average holiday-related item spend will be nearly $750. Every little bit helps.

These are some suggestions you may not have considered.

* Download retailers’ discount apps/newsletters. Many retailers offer mobile apps that can be downloaded for special discounts and offers on certain items as well as your entire purchase. Some offer weekly digital coupons that you can use through their email newsletters. They’re also available on your smartphone so you don’t have to carry around flyers and coupons.

* Sell or trade in your old electronics and video games. If you have a unused gadget that is collecting dust in a drawer, you could be sitting on found cash., a website similar to eBay, will pay you via PayPal and check for products older than a Sidekick. GameStop is a retail gives you cold, hard cash or trade-in credits for video games and systems, as well as iPods, iPads and iPhones you or someone else on your list has been asking for.

* Build Gift Baskets. Even the most wealthy can benefit from gift baskets “have fewer qualms”CNN Money recently highlighted the dangers of shopping in discount stores. Perhaps it is time to get out there and make your own beauty kit with body butters, oils, and a thick loofa. It’s worth the custom touch, and the additional savings.

* Take advantage of exclusive deals for gamers. GameStop continues the trade-in theme with a special offer that allows you to score any $59.99 new video game — yes that includes the most recent! “Call of Duty: Ghosts”You can swap two of your favorite players for $9.99, and you get a chance to win the game. “Call of Duty: Black Ops II.”Take a look at for details.

“We believe in giving gamers the opportunity to expand their entertainment experiences,”Ashley Sheetz, chief marketing officer at the company, said this.