Bargain hunters share tips
Tips to save money on just about anything you need or want
Daniel Abdalla does some last-minute Christmas shopping on the Magnificent Mile in Chicago on Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011. "The deals have been really good today," said Abdalla. (Keri Wiginton / Chicago Tribune)
"Everyone loves to save money," says LaTonya Patterson, who sells high-end chocolates for a living and shops for fun.
I asked an array of shoppers to talk about their big scores. Did they ever.
Are you thinking that now that the holidays are over the best buys are over too? Fear not.
In today's retail reality almost everything is on sale all the time, says Marshal Cohen, chief industry analyst for NPD Group, a market research firm.
Remember the old days when there was an actual sales calendar of the best time of year to buy certain things, like the towels and sheets classic "white sale" in January?
"The old calendar? Throw it away," Cohen says. Great news for us bargain lovers. Cohen says, "All the time, every month somebody's going to be offering a deal."
Bargain tips from an expert
NPD Group chief analyst Marshal Cohen says:
•Shopping online "there's a deal 24/7." Do your research.
•Look for coupons in stores, online, in newspapers and "Don't be afraid to ask: 'Do you have a better deal on this or if I come back later?'"
•Many stores will match the lowest price elsewhere for 30 days, so learn the pricing policy and coupon codes.
•"A little bit of homework, and you can save hundreds of dollars a year."