5 Trends for Your Budget-friendly Holiday


Comparison Shop

Finding the best deal may seem like finding a needle in a haystack, but taking the time to do a little preshopping reconnaissance work is worth it. Before tackling your gift list at the mall one, call around to stores to compare prices on your big-ticket items.

Using the Internet to help locate the best prices, whether you buy the item online or not, is also smart thing to do -- it's not only an easy way to quickly comparison shop, but you'll also find online-only discounts and free shipping deals. And you're not alone -- according to the National Retail Federation, holiday shoppers research prices and store locations for one in every three gift purchases.