As you get a game plan together before hitting the stores, the Better Business Bureau of Central North Carolina has 6 tips while bargain hunting.
First, budget yourself. It's easy to overspend, so make a budget and stick to it.
Then, do your research. Clip or print coupons and learn about the sales. You can also learn about upcoming sales by signing up for email alerts with your favorite retailers.
Compare prices and services before you start your shopping spree. Consider warranties, returns and other policies.
Being in the "know" helps you shop more efficiently, so gather information on retailers and products.
Also, pay with credit cards if possible. This way charges can be contested if your purchase is defective or misrepresented.
Finally, hang onto your receipts just in case you have to make a return.
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