Sarah A. Miller, Deseret News
Susan Harms of Roy checks her shopping list for her four-person family as she shops for groceries at Smith's in Sunset Thursday, July 15, 2010. Harms uses a weekly sale grocery guide printed off the Internet to get the maximum amount of savings combined with coupons. "I've been doing it more seriously the past three years," she said.

Retailers are gearing up to lure costumers into stores this holiday season by dropping regular retail prices. Meanwhile, the National Retail Federation is forecasting retail sales to only rise 4.1 percent this year, according to Market Watch.

This can be good news for shoppers because discount prices depend on how well the season is doing overall. Here are five tips consumers can use to grab actual deals:


Set an amount you can spend, as well as create a gift list. Study up on which stores have the best prices for your gifts.

Shopping apps

Download shopping apps before leaving home to know updates on deals, coupons and price cuts.

Right time

Retailers understand when consumers are most likely to shop, which is after-work hours and during weekends. Doorbusters are offered at those times, but they will usually stagger them throughout the day to keep consumer traffic steady.


Coupon codes and money savers can be found online and often offer substantial discounts.

Avoid last-minute shopping

While items are sometimes deeply discounted the weekend before Christmas, merchandise is chaotic and picked over and staffs are ready for the holiday shopping to be over.

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