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Holiday Shopping Tips

MIAMI TOWNSHIP -- Getting the most bang for your buck this holiday season is all about being a smart, savvy shopper.
   
There are already plenty of holiday bargains stocked on store shelves, but many times you have to read the fine print... In order to get the best deal.  This week the Ohio Attorney General's office released the top eight holiday shopping tips so you can avoid being ripped off.

Get out your holiday shopping checklist, now is the time to cash in on deals and steals, especially for Alaska resident Mical James.
   
"Everything has to be transported up there so we have a huge cost for shipping and handling.  Something that you might pay three dollars for, we could pay 6-8," she said.

The Attorney General says shoppers should use credit cards instead of debit cards if possible for added protection if something goes wrong.  Also evaluate ads for exclusions and limitations.

Don't be afraid to ask for a rain check if an advertised product is out of stock.

"Every little bit helps," James said.

If you buy gift cards, make sure you ask about the expiration date and any extra fees that could be tacked on if the card isn't used within a certain amount of time.
Understand a store's layaway and return policies.  Many times those policies change around the holidays.
And follow rebate directions closely.  You have to complete all the requirements within a specified timeframe if you want to get back any cash.

"I have to support three people so the more I save the better we are," said Moraine single mom, Tina Smith.

"I definitely think it's really important.  We should all be good stewards of our money," James agreed.

The A.G.'s office also says shop carefully when buying online.  Research the seller's reputation and make sure the website is secure by looking for the 's' in https before you enter any credit card information.

 
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