'Tis the Season to Be Thrifty

Even Santa has his helpers. So why not let comparison-shopping sites save you time and money this year?

This may be the season for giving, but that's no reason to let retailers rip you off, especially online. Whether you're an old hand at Web shopping or one of the many Americans trying it for the first time this year, you should always check out at least one price-comparison website before you buy.

If you haven't looked at the shopping bots in a few years, you're in for a pleasant surprise. Instead of just finding the lowest prices, they now rate the merchants they search, so you will feel a little more confident about buying that $1,000 camcorder from...

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