5 Things You Must Know About Holiday Spending

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1. Find the lowest price.

The Web sites DealNews.com and BensBargains.com will do the work for you. Each site tracks bargains at more than 2,000 retailers. Using a price-tracking tool, such as CamelCamelCamel.com or PriceZombie.com, can help you time your purchases and send an alert when the price of an item drops. And procrastination may pay off. After sluggish sales growth early in the year, some retailers will wait to slash holiday prices in hopes of selling items to eager shoppers before rolling out the biggest promotions.

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Kaitlin Pitsker
Associate Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance
Pitsker joined Kiplinger in the summer of 2012. Previously, she interned at the Post-Standard newspaper in Syracuse, N.Y., and with Chronogram magazine in Kingston, N.Y. She holds a BS in magazine journalism from Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.