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Don't Have a Personal Elf to Help with Holiday Shopping? Try This

Don't Have a Personal Elf to Help with Holiday Shopping? Try This

(ARA)- The holidays are a fun but hectic time of year. Between all the cooking, parties and decorating, you also need to find time to shop for the perfect gifts for everyone on your list.
The Internet has become a favorite way to shop for lots of people. It saves time and running around from store to store to find what you're looking for. But it can still be time consuming to locate exactly what you want and then compare prices from various Web sites--unless you've discovered, a site that lets shoppers easily compare prices and other information on millions of products all in one place.
The Web site puts more than 11,000 retailers and storefronts, and millions of products, at your fingertips. The user-friendly site lets you search using more than 20 product and service categories, including apparel, babies & kids, consumer electronics, sporting goods and more. You can compare prices on identical items if you know what you want, or you can compare features on similar items, such as various brands of coffeemakers, to find the best choice.
If you're still having a hard time making up your mind, you can check out the reviews on the site. Some are written by professional product reviewers; there are also shopper-generated product and retailer reviews to help you make an informed choice.
Just can't come up with a gift idea for great aunt Harriet? can help you with that, too. The site regularly features gift guides full of ideas for holidays and special occasions. There's also a handy link to hundreds of retailer and manufacturer coupons, special offers and rebates that you can search by product category or seller, to help stretch your holiday budget.
You can create custom shopping lists to help you get organized at this busy time of year. You can keep one for gifts for friends, one for family, even one for yourself. If you find an item that you love but would like to pay less for, you can sign up to receive an e-mail alert when the price for that item dips below a specified amount.
Here's an example of how you can use the site to simplify holiday shopping. Say your nephew wants the Thomas the Tank Engine roundhouse. Go to the "toys" category and you can shop by brand, character, age of the child or themes (like the ever-popular dinosaurs). Locate the roundhouse, click on compare prices and you'll get the price of the item, the amount of tax due if any, the price of shipping, and the "best price," the lowest combined amount. Buy the roundhouse right away, add it to your "family" shopping list, or sign up for notification if the price drops. Then simply move on to the next item on your list.
You'll have your holiday shipping finished in record time. Now, what to do about those 10 dozen cookies you need for your neighborhood cookie exchange?

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