Give gifts to everyone on your list without spending more than you want to. Try these 9 shopping strategies. ―By Betsy Wiesendanger
Compare prices online
If you shop on the Internet, try using a "shopping bot"―an online search engine that checks web sites, digging up the best price on a given item. Type the name of a product, like "Xbox console," and you'll see a list of web retailers that carry it, plus price ranges. Two good options you may want to try are www.bizrate.com and www.shopping.com. To save on shipping, shop early―some sites offer free shipping if you buy before a certain date―and order all of the items you plan to purchase from one site at the same time.