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TV-Buying Tips for the Savvy Shopper

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Savings Experiment: Vitamins If you're in the market for a new TV, there are things you should watch out for as you hit the aisles. It's best to know about these money-saving shopping tips before you go, so you can nab the best price on your new unit.

First, ignore the spec sheet, which is usually located by the price tag of the TV. The information can be confusing, and some say this sheet is designed to get you to step up to the next and more expensive model.

Next, skip the add-ons and other extras like smart apps, 3D features and internet connectivity. They're nice to have but unnecessary, especially if you're trying to save money. Instead, stick to basic specs like the size and types of inputs it has. This will help you determine where you'll put the TV and how you'll use it.

Also, watch out for misleading sales tactics. Stores often manipulate the settings on TVs they want to move, making them look better than they would at home. Once you've chosen your model, another way to stretch your dollar is by extending the life of your new TV. You can do this by lowering the backlight or contrast control, which, as an added bonus, will lower you electric bill, too.

tvSo, if you're ready for a new TV, keep these shopping tips handy. Knowing you got the best deal will make your viewing experience that much sweeter.

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