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Consumer Reports: Holiday shopping tips

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Posted at 8:30 AM, Nov 25, 2019

TUCSON, Ariz. - So many presents to buy and so little time! Holiday shopping can be time consuming and costly. But buyer beware! You might end up overpaying with so-so prices wrapped up to look like fantastic bargains.

“Do your homework," says Consumer Reports Money Editor, Octavio Blanco. "There’s lots of websites out there that can help you figure out what is on sale and when. Things like Black, even Consumer Reports. We can tell you updates on what stores are having sales.”

And these days, you don’t have to go store-by-store to look for deals! Instead, you can use websites and apps to help you comparison shop!

“Apps like Shopzilla, Google Shopping, PriceGrabber...these are all sites in which you can see what prices being offered in the store and compare it with prices in other stores," says Blanco.

And don’t forget to get social!

“If you like a particular brand or a particular retailer, make sure that you are following them on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram," says Blanco. These are all channels in which they are going to be advertising their latest sales.”

Finally, create a budget and stick to it. Yes, this sounds simple. But big sales and doorbuster specials, are designed to get you into the store or shopping online so they can sell you all those other items you weren’t intending to buy!