Year... it's that time of year where we are making our lists and checking them twice, and who doesn't love saving money on holiday shopping?
Leah linschied and consumer reports has some holiday shopping tips to get you through black friday and beyond.
((pkg)) (natsound: sound holiday shopping, santa, salvation army bell) (vo) so many presents to buy and so little time!
Holiday shopping can be time consuming and costly.
(sots: mos) "this year is gonna be the iphone 11."
"clothes and electronics."
"the grandkids are into all kinds of toys."
(v/o) but buyer beware!
You might end up overpaying with so-so prices wrapped up to look like fantastic bargains.
That's where consumer reports comes in -- because only rookies head out unprepared.
Chyron: octavio blanco, consumer reports money editor (sot) "do your homework.
There's lots of websites out there that can help you figure out what is on sale and when.
Things like black friday.com, even consumer reports.
We can tell you updates on what stores are having sales."
(vo) 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!
(sot: octavio blanco) "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."
(vo) and don't forget to get social!
(sot: octavio blanco) "if you like a particular brand or a particular retailer, make sure that you are following them on twitter, facebook, instagram.
These are all channels in which they are going to be advertising their latest sales."
(v/o) 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!!
Consumer reports says if you find an online deal, put it into your basket immediately.
You typically have 15 minutes to check out so you can compare prices elsewhere