How to find deals on almost anything

September 30, 2010 5:00:17 AM PDT
Checking out at a shopping site with your goodies can be a thrill, but it can also be a moment of doubt.

Were there coupons or special deals that you missed? Are there sites that sell the same item for less? The October issue of ShopSmart magazine, from the publisher of Consumer Reports, eliminates these nagging doubts with six new ways to save online from price-comparison search engines to the power of social networking and more.

Tips include:

* sites that pinpoint local sales
* maximize discounts with cellphone apps
* social networking for best deals

Click here for more information and tips

About Editor-in-Chief, Lisa Lee Freeman:

Lisa Lee Freeman is the Editor-in-Chief of ShopSmart, a shopping magazine from Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports. With ShopSmart, Freeman has created a resource to help buyers make smart decisions about important household purchases. A visually compelling magazine, ShopSmart cuts through hype and gives consumers the bottom line on what to buy, whether they're shopping for food, cars, or cosmetics.

Previously, Freeman was a deputy editor on the personal finance, travel, and shopping beats at Consumer Reports. She has covered cutting-edge subjects such as when it pays to buy organic and how to keep your credit score from ruining your life. Freeman also helped launch a highly successful newsletter, Consumer Reports Money Adviser, on smart saving and spending strategies which included stories on topics ranging from finding great travel deals to avoiding credit-card rip-offs.

Before joining Consumers Union, Freeman was a senior editor at CosmoGIRL! magazine, covering education, money, and health, and the features editor at Working Woman magazine, where she developed news-making packages on the best companies for women and other topics. She also served as the New York bureau chief at Investor's Business Daily.

Freeman makes regular appearances on national news programs. She has been a guest on the Today Show, Good Morning America, the Early Show, CNN American Morning, CBS Evening News, CNN Headline News, and many other shows. Shopping is in Freeman's DNA. Her grandmother opened an independent clothing shop in Queens at age 19, and an aunt and uncle owned apparel shops in Manhattan and New Jersey. Aside from being a self-described shopping fanatic, Freeman travels extensively abroad and enjoys painting and poetry. She received her bachelor's degree in English from Brandeis University and lives with her husband in Westchester County, New York.


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