Bargain hunters, get ready

By Linda Miller Modified: November 24, 2008 at 5:34 am •  Published: November 24, 2008
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photo - Cynthia (Sindi) Card, who considers herself to be a frugal shopper, checks her list while purchasing a bunch of cards  at a local shop in S. Portland, Maine, on Tuesday, November 18, 2008. Card says she tries to get her entire selection of cards, which includes Thanksgiving, Christmas, siblings and cousin's birthdays, get well, and an assortment of others, during one shopping spree. Card carries the list with her so as not to forget anyone or any occasion.(AP Photo/Pat Wellenbach) ORG XMIT: MEPW205
Cynthia (Sindi) Card, who considers herself to be a frugal shopper, checks her list while purchasing a bunch of cards at a local shop in S. Portland, Maine, on Tuesday, November 18, 2008. Card says she tries to get her entire selection of cards, which includes Thanksgiving, Christmas, siblings and cousin's birthdays, get well, and an assortment of others, during one shopping spree. Card carries the list with her so as not to forget anyone or any occasion.(AP Photo/Pat Wellenbach) ORG XMIT: MEPW205
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mparison shop (try pricegrabber.com) so you’ll know if that early bird bargain is worth the 3 a.m. trip across town.

Plan your route. Let early bird specials, opening hours and the most coveted items on your list be your guide. If your No. 1 item is a leather jacket at a store that opens at 8 a.m., don’t try to squeeze in a little toy shopping an hour earlier at a retailer across town. You can expect heavy crowds, more traffic on the streets and fewer parking spaces.

Don’t hesitate. If you see something you think you may want, grab it and then decide whether it’s a keeper before you head to the checkout counter. If you pass on it, chances are it won’t be there when you circle back around.

Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. This isn’t the day to show the world how stylish you are.

Don’t forget your lists.



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For more shopping tips, go online to Miller’s blog, blog.newsok.com/fashionmatters.

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