INFORUM.com | WDAZ.com

WDAY: The News Leader

Published November 24, 2011, 02:08 PM

Shoppers turning to technology to save during the holiday season

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Shoppers this season are trading traditional shopping methods for new, trendy technology. More shoppers than ever are seeking online outlets to avoid big, Black Friday lines, but there are more ways to help you snag sales.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Shoppers this season are trading traditional shopping methods for new, trendy technology. More shoppers than ever are seeking online outlets to avoid big, Black Friday lines, but there are more ways to help you snag sales.

Technology is helping Nicole Myklebust make it through the holiday shopping season.

Nicole Myklebust - Shopper: "I think online is going to be a big thing."

She's one of the millions of people turning on the computer and clicking to save cash.

Myklebust: "It is just easier to shop in my pajamas."

Websites like PriceGrabber.com can help shopper save hundreds by comparing prices of dozens of discounts on the web.

Dawb Byers – Online Shopper: "Oh my gosh, it just seems like its so easy. Because you can look, and they're always having deals!"

Then there's ShopSavvy. With this free smart phone app, you won't have to worry about better deals being somewhere else. So if you are at Best Buy looking at Samsung laptops, just take your app, scan the barcode, and look no further because the best deal is here.

"My kids have been talking about them."

And this app can show sales that go beyond Black Friday so customers can avoid crowds.

Sara Byers: "It's just easier for us old people. We get tired of walking around!"

A few shoppers are hesitant to try this new technology.

Jill Schroeder - Shopper: "I dunno it seems like an awful lot of time and effort."

Byer: "I more like to touch, try on, feel them. Oh, I do a little of that before, and then if I cant find what I want, or if I see something in the store and want a better deal, I look on-line for a better deal."

This year's seasonal shopping trends show technology-based shopping is taking over.

If you're getting prepared for some early Black Friday shopping tonight, some tips. Financial counselors advise you to plan ahead when looking for deals. Keep a budget and stick to it. Make sure you buy just what you need and stay away from extra items that may look like bargains. Also, plan ahead. Many stores already have Black Friday ads on-line and compare prices to make sure you're getting the best deal.

Tags: