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    In these cost conscious times, a little extra research can save you a lot of money. That's especially true if you're in the market for a new computer.

    In these cost conscious times, a little extra research can save you a lot of money.  That's especially true if you're in the market for a new computer.

    Shelby Skrhak is the queen of finding deals on computers. She paid fewer than $300 for her mini-laptop.
       
    How?
        
    Shelby checked some consumer Web sites and found the best value.
        
    She then enhanced her bargain by surfing another Web site, grabbing a $50 coupon code and applying it to her purchase.
        
    The best deals are on company Web sites, Shelby said.     
     
    "If you're looking to buy a Dell computer, go directly to Dell's site. They have great, great sales there, but also a lot of coupon codes," she said.
     
    Shelby also saves big on software.  She uses Internet-based documents to get free word processing and spreadsheets.