Stretch Your Dollar: Navigating online shopping, shipping this holiday season

Stretch Your Dollar

(WTNH) — With so many people shopping online this holiday season, there’s bound to be a shipping crunch.

News 8 is stretching your dollar with some tips on how to navigate shopping this year.

Black Friday ads have poured in, but in a year to be filled with online shopping — instead of the usual shoulder to shoulder crowds — experts suggest to play it smart.

“2020 is the year of the smart shopper,” said Connie Guglielmo, Editor-in-Chief at CNET. “That doesn’t mean you’re just going online, that you’re taking a moment to be strategic about what you’re buying, what you’re paying for it, where you’re buying it from and when you want it.”

The National Retail Federation predicting at least a 3.6% rise in total holiday sales, but online sales skyrocketing 20-30% — a number that will strain the COVID-weakened supply chain and already overburdened retail shipping systems.

So, the first planning point, stores are front-loading the best deals to give themselves more time to get products to you. Many doorbuster deals are live now. If you see something with a seemingly good price, check it against the historical price on the tracking tool camelcamelcamel.

“If it’s within a few dollars, go ahead and order it.”

Amazon is a little different because it rarely advertises its discounts but they’re always competitive

So, either check the website before you purchase elsewhere or use a price checking tool like popcart that automatically scans other sites and alerts you if it finds a better price.

One final tip, if you are shopping for Apple products, the Apple online store rarely offers discounts, your bigger chains like Walmart, Target and Best Buy usually offer the best discounts.

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