At least one device or gadget is likely to be on your buying list this season. Electronics make up one of the hottest gift categories.
To get the best deal, don't just take the first price you see. Andrea Colao saved $150 on a sound system for her TV.
"There's such a variety of price points, you want to get the best deal possible," Colao said.
There are free apps you can download to your smart phone to do price comparisons. They can let you know which store has the item you want at the lowest price.
"We asked about 23,000 of our readers to tell us about their electronics buying experiences. Newegg.com got top marks for prices."
"No matter where you shop, it always pays to bargain. Find the lowest price you possibly can, then go to the store and ask the manager if they can meet or beat that price."
The survey found people who tried bargaining were successful two out of three times. With TVs, the median savings was more than $100. Even online shoppers can bargain.
"Bargaining online may seem counterintuitive," according to Tod Marks with Consumer Reports, "but you can really score some good deals. The first thing to do is to get a live customer-service representative."
Another way to negotiate for a lower price is to offer to pay in cash. That way merchants don't have to pay credit card fees. Also, avoid asking for a better deal with a lot of people standing nearby. The store manager is not likely to say, "yes" in front of a crowd.