5 Ways to Save on Holiday Shopping

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Everyone is watching their spending money these days, and the holidays require even more cost-saving strategies in order to squeeze the most out of every dollar. Stores are making it easier to save money this year, but be sure to shop early for those in-demand items. Many stores have cut back on quantities so they may go fast when on sale.

Here are 5 quick tips for spending less and getting more this year:

1. Look for More Discounts
Before you shop, check online for center discounts, store discounts, organization discounts (AAA, AARP), friends and family discounts, follow your favorite brands on Twitter and Facebook.

2. In-Store Strategies
Start at the customer service or management office and ask for any coupons or information on current sales. In the store, don’t forget to ask the sales staff for advice on coming sales, special bargains, and advice.

3. Turn on Electronic Bargains
‘Tis the season to buy electronics! The best bargains are those on models introduced earlier in the year. Before you buy, find the best price online and print it out and take it to the store. Many retailers will match a proven price. Don’t forget to check warranty period as part of the price as well.

4. Play the Game On and Save
New video games are quickly discounted online (new and used) within several weeks of introduction. For new systems, if you can wait 6-8 weeks after introduction, prices will drop. A much bigger drop will happen when a new model is introduced.

5. Almost Every Day Is Black Friday Now
Online retailers have made Black Friday a lot less painful — no parking or long lines to deal with, while store retailers have begun extending their best holiday deals beyond the traditional day after Thanksgiving so watch for special offers.

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