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5 secrets for becoming a bargain connoisseur

Attention shoppers! Want the inside scoop for scoring the deals? Getting a great deal is not only fun, but it's an art. Here's a roundup of the best buying tips from our experts.

 
1. Timing is everything.

Watch the calendar. As the seasons change, so do the marked-down goods in the clearance aisle.

 
2. Speak the sales lingo.

Brush up on your shopping vocabulary to know the difference between "irregulars" and "seconds."

 
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3. Log on to discount and coupon Web sites.
Get the latest scoop on rebates, coupons and sales sent straight to your virtual mailbox -- but beware of giving too much personal information.
Plus: Using discount and coupon Web sites
Also: Side-by-side comparison of discount and bargain sites
 
4. Master the art of bidding.
Keep your eagerness under control to score a good deal from auctions.
Plus: Afraid to eBay? Hire an online auction service
 
5. Don't always settle for the first choice.
Let the sellers' competing prices work to your advantage. Comparison shop before your next major purchase.
 
 

 

 
-- Posted: June 25, 2004
   

 

 
 

 

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