— USE YOUR SMARTPHONE TO COMPARE PRICES: Sites like thefind.com, a search engine that allows shoppers to get the best prices for over 320 million products from more than 500,000 stores.
Thefind.com is now offering a new price match feature, which will let you know which stores are matching their rivals. Thefind's app lets you scan bar codes in stores and will provide a list of retailers that carry the item, prices, and whether it is eligible for a price match at a specific retailer.
If you want to send flowers, scrutinize the delivery costs, says Fiona Dias, chief strategy officer at ShopRunner, a subscription online shopping service. Some sites can charge anywhere from $15 to $25.
— A ROMANTIC DINNER: However, there may be no need to fight holiday crowds at a restaurant. Jodi Furman, author of a blog called Livefabuless.com, says it can be just as romantic to gather some gourmet food from places like Whole Foods Market and prepare a meal at home.
"It's all about making something personal and special," she said.
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