Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Five Helpful Tips to Tech-savy Holiday Shopping!

The holiday season can always be stressful for many people with so much to do and so little time to do it in. It just seems like their is never enough hours in the day to get everything done. That we get so wrapped up in finding that perfect gift for that special someone on our list that we don't just stop and relax. I have to say relaxing helps a lot. I catch myself saying slow down it's okay.

One of the big things on my holiday shopping list is electronics. For some people this can be aggravating if you don't know what you are looking for or are not tech-savy. I have to say I am in between. Here are a few helpful tips to tech-savy shopping.

1. Do Your Research! Make sure that you research the products that you have on your holiday shopping list! Many people make purchases blindly and that can often lead to problems. Just because something sounds good doesn't always mean that it is. You can easily do your research online through several different sources. I can't stress how this is a must if you are shopping for electronics.

2. Read Customer Reviews! They always seem to be the most helpful because people tend to be honest.  If they bought a lemon or got ripped off, they are going to tell people about it!  Bad reviews are just as helpful as good reviews. A lot of places online make posting reviews easy as well as reading them. I always read the reviews before I decide to buy any electronics I have to say I haven't done bad at all.

3. Try it out! If you can it is always great to find a local electronics store that carries the item you are looking for. I know it's always great to touch it, feel it, and see what features it does when buying any electronics. We were shopping around this year for a new camera for my daughter for Christmas. So, of course I saw great deals and nice reviews but I needed to see what all this camera did. Plus, I wanted to make sure she would be able to operate it.

4. Shop Around! Don't buy the first one you look at. You might not even buy the second or third ones you look at either. Make sure you shop different stores, both local and online, to make sure that you are getting the best possible deal. Saving money may be as simple as driving across the street. Plus, many stores nowadays will price match and even offer a little extra percent off as a bonus for shopping their store. Sales and clearance deals can save you a bundle! All of those little things really add up

.5. Don't Be Afraid to Shop Online! Often times the best deals are those you find online. Many online retailers will offer free shipping, cash back and other discounts that local stores don't. Ordering online is fast, free and easy. It's also safe, credit card companies guarantee your consumer safety from fraudulant purchases. You also avoid traffic, crowds, winter driving conditions and having to pay for gas. I personally love shopping online makes life so much easier. Not only that but with having 6 kids I really have very little time to shop. This way I dont' have to get a babysitter. Just the click of a mouse.

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