Last-minute shopping? Five tips.
Last-minute shopping deals won't be as good as Black Friday. But last-minute shopping doesn't mean you have to pay retail, either.
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Christmas is one day away â€“ and youâ€™re still not done with your holiday shopping?
The bad news is that your best chances to save probably came and went with Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The good news is that youâ€™re not doomed to pay retail. While last-minute shoppers have fewer deals to pick from, they can save money at checkout by remembering the basicsâ€¦
- Check the ads.Â Read all of your local Sunday newspaper ads in one place by using ShopLocal.comâ€™s coolÂ Weekly AdsÂ feature, or go directly to the website of the stores you plan to visit to find their latest ad. If you donâ€™t see anything that jumps out at you this week, youâ€™ll have one more set of ads to pick from this Sunday, Dec. 18.
- Use a price-comparison search engine.Â Once you figure out what to buy, take a minute to run it through websites likeÂ PriceGrabber,Â Bizrate, andÂ NextagÂ to make sure you get it at the best price currently available â€“ whether you shop online or in person.
- Check for coupons and promo codes.Â To ensure youâ€™re not overlooking extra savings, first Google for [name of item] + â€ścouponâ€ť or â€śpromo code.â€ť Then check your favorite deals aggregator or ourÂ Deals page.
- Look for Cyber Monday deals.Â This past Monday, Dec. 12, I noticed that a few stores offered Cyber Monday deals. So I wouldnâ€™t be surprised to see several big but short-lived deals this coming Monday, Dec. 19, since itâ€™s the last Monday before Christmas and Hanukkah.
- Shop online.Â To save time and gas, I bought all of my gifts online this year. Just be sure to order ASAP and check a storeâ€™s holiday shipping cut-off date before you place an order with them.
â€“ Karla Bowsher runs theÂ Deals pageÂ of Money Talks News,Â a consumer/personal finance TV news feature that airs in about 80 cities as well as around the Web.