Web sites offer smart consumers valuable tools to save a bundle.

You don’t need a crystal ball to predict that a lot of us will pinch pennies this holiday season. Survey after survey shows a significant number of shoppers plan to spend less on gifts this year.

Of course, we’ll still buy presents – we’ll just be a lot more aware of the price.

SlickDeals.net & FatWallet.com
Here’s where you’ll find out about sales or other special offers that are not widely advertised. Each site has a “Hot Deals” forum where veteran bargain hunters share the money-saving offers they’ve discovered online or at brick-and-mortar stores……

SundaySaver.com & SalesCircular.com
The Sunday newspaper is loaded with advertising inserts that let you know what’s on sale at local stores. Maybe you don’t get the paper. Maybe you threw out the circulars. No problem. These sites let you see those sale items. You can choose national retailers or limit your search to stores in your state…….

We all see sales every day. As Edgar puts it, “Sometimes the sale is great; sometimes the sale is just so-so. If you’re not up on prices it’s hard to tell.”…..

This is Dworsky’s own site. It let’s you know when the price drops on a product you want to buy. Dworsky created the site to help busy shoppers. “People don’t have the time to keep checking week after week to see if the price has come down.”……

Many holiday gifts will need to be shipped to friends and loved-ones. You have a number of options, but prices vary greatly from service to service. Shipgooder.com lets you compare the cost of shipping that package via DHL, FedEx, UPS, the U.S. Postal Service and Purolator……