Experts offer tips for maximizing your holiday shopping experience.
Gearing up for the big shopping weekend?
Don't leave home without a good strategy.
Consumer advocate Andrea Woroch warns those hot doorbuster items advertised early are usually limited in quantity.
"Call ahead and find out how many are in fact available, or even consider shopping online where you have more inventory, from multiple retailers," she advises.
And because times are still tough for retailers, Andrea says it never hurts to try and haggle.
"82% of holiday shoppers last year found that when they negotiated, they were able to get better deals, usually on electronics," she says.
This year there are several apps that can help you organize your shopping, starting with the Holiday Gift List app, which costs $1.99.
"Have a detailed plan of who you're planning to shop for, maybe a few gift ideas, and a general price for how much you want to spend," she says.
More retailers are offering price matches this year as well, and it's easier than ever to shop around and save money using your mobile smart phone.
"If you download the Red Laser or Snap Tell bar code scanning apps, it'll provide instant price comparison for local brick and mortar stores as well as online retailers," Woroch explains. "Coupon Sherpa's mobile coupon app will offer instant coupons on your phone when you're shopping in-store and it uses GPS to provide coupons based on your location."