Can you say sticker shock? Tips for finding the best deals this holiday season

Sure, you can buy yourself a prime parking spot, a winning lottery ticket, and maybe some mink. But there is no such thing as a free lunch: The “Shopper’s Guide to the Holiday Season” published by California Retailers Association president and CEO Jonathan Gold, points out this important shopper tip: Be extra aware of the set-up and the price gouging. “This year, more than ever, it’s essential to learn ahead of time about safe shipping methods and how to pick a deal.” He tells us these tips:

Learn about free shipping services. Costco has been offering free shipping up to 35 percent off this season. Sign up on its website.

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Read product reviews. “Trust this expert’s judgment about what to buy online. Look for clicktivism and environmental accountability. Think about the sustainability of a product or the care and nurture of animals. Don’t judge the size of an animal’s paws based on size alone. Also: Put time in finding the best prices and waiting to ship before committing to purchase,” advises Gold.

For more holiday shopping advice from Gold, watch the video above. Happy shopping!

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