by Diane Tuazon
MIDLAND - In a struggling economy where people are clinging tighter to their dollars than ever before, scoping out sale items has become the newest trend.
"I'm a Sony fan so when I see a package like that, I buy it. It doesn't come as often as I'd like, but when it does, I try to take advantage of it," Bargain shopper, Doug Crayton, said.
Luckily for bargain buyers, retailers are "bundling" meaning they're adding extra items to certain products you buy, so you get more bang for your buck.
"Computers now come with anti-virus already installed and Microsoft Office. We also have bundles with appliances; you get a free vaccum," Chris Valles with Best Buy in Midland, said.
Retailers say buying in bundles won't just help your pocketbook.
"A lot of customers are taking advantage of anti-virus, because you get 6 months free, also with bundles they are discounted rate than normal cost, so it's not just the product, but things they need with it as well," Valles said.
For shoppers like Crayton, bargain shopping or bundle shopping is worth every penny.
"You get not only the console that's jam packed with features, and then games to go along with it and it's obviously a reduced price," Crayton said.
Crayton's advice to other shoppers is simple.