You don’t have to scour the post-holiday sales to find the best prices. Just haggle. While it may feel a little uncomfortable to bargain, these days, more retailers expect it.
"People are negotiating more, and retailers are accepting negotiation situations much more, because they know there’s less money out there and the power has shifted,” says Herb Cohen, author of You Can Negotiate Anything
. "If I walk into a store and I don’t feel other side is budging, the retailer knows I will leave and buy somewhere else.”
Of course, it helps to know where you have the best odds of getting a deal. We asked Cohen and Carol Frohlinger, J.D., co-founder of negotiations specialists firm Negotiating Women Inc.
, to point out where you’re most likely to land a sweet deal.