7 ways to get the best values this holiday season

Unfortunately, there isn't a single retailer that you can rely on for the best price on everything. Instead, getting the best deal requires you to shop around and execute money-saving strategies each time you shop.

While these savings strategies aren't necessarily difficult to employ, they are often underutilized. That's too bad, because the time you spend to save a few bucks is well worth it -- and you'll be in high spirits once you see how much you can slash your final bill.

Here are seven ways shoppers can find the best values this holiday season: