Whatever it takes to shave a few bucks off a price tag, you can bet Consumer Reports will come up with it.
CR's latest ShopSmart guide shares some really clever shopping tricks. Here are a few:
* TRY IT ON, THEN GO ONLINE. Find something in the store you like, but wait for it to go on sale on the store's web site. Check the site weekly and grab it when the price drops.
* PUT SALE ITEMS ON HOLD. Shop at a store the night BEFORE a big sale. Ask the clerk to hold the items you want until the next day ... and get 'em at the sale price.
* GOOGLE "PROMOTION CODE." Type the name of the store you want to shop, followed by the words "promotion code" on Google. Sometimes, you'll score coupons or discounts.