Just saw this nifty DIY tip from This Old House:shop online

Comparative shop online for everything from light fixtures to fridges. Then ask your local retailer to match the lowest price you find. Sears, for example, will match most online quotes for appliances and even reduce it by 10 percent of the difference between their advertised price and the better deal you found.

  • Cost: A few minutes surfing the Web, plus some printer ink.
  • Savings: $150 off a new French door–style fridge.
  • Bonus: Better customer service than you’ll get online, and no worries about shipping charges or mail-order returns.