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How to Get the Best Prices on Everything, Every Time You Shop

When it comes to snagging a discount, there’s a best time to buy nearly everything at a lower price, but sometimes you can’t wait for an end-of-season sale or holiday promotion. This doesn’t mean you are stuck paying full price, though. There are several shopping strategies you can use any time of the year to get a better price.

“Never take a price at face value,” says Trae Bodge, smart shopping expert at TrueTrae.com, a personal finance blog. “Whether I’m shopping in-store or online, I always hold out hope that a lower price is available, whether I can find a coupon or cash-back offer or there is a better price elsewhere. Thanks to technology, it takes under a minute to find out.”

Follow these nine steps to ensure you get the lowest available price on almost everything you’re buying.

— Scrutinize prices.

— Know where to find coupons.

— Consider

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These are all the best 4th of July sales you can shop right now

The Fourth of July is a fantastic time to score discounts on home items, electronics, apparel and so much more.
The Fourth of July is a fantastic time to score discounts on home items, electronics, apparel and so much more.

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The Fourth of July is nearly here, folks—so close, in fact, that we can basically hear the burgers sizzling on the grill and the fireworks going off in the distance. No matter what you have planned for Independence Day, you can start celebrating a little early by scoring some huge savings on clothing, appliances, mattresses, electronics and more thanks to plenty of particularly patriotic sales from all your favorite retailers.

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With discounts on fridges and washing machines at Best Buy and deals on patio furniture, grills and décor at Home Depot and

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How to Shop Online Safely During the Pandemic

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Even as stores reopen in many parts of the country, people are still shopping online more than ever. And that includes using new sites set up by their favorite small businesses attempting to stay afloat through perilous economic times.

But be careful, experts warn, because cybercriminals are flocking to e-commerce sites, too. Their favorite crimes include opening fake accounts at retail sites and hijacking real ones through identity theft.

Online fraud was already on the rise before COVID-19, largely thanks to the rollout of chip-and-signature technology, which has made the in person credit-card fraud of the past a lot tougher to pull off.

Account takeovers jumped 72 percent in 2019, to 13 million cases, according to the most recent figures from the security firm Javelin, which tracks financial crime. Losses from consumer fraud in the U.S. hit $16.9 billion

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