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5 Online Shopping Sites That Will Actually SAVE You Money

Online shopping is a double-edged sword. Is it convenient? It sure is. Does it expand the selection of products available for you to buy? Absolutely. But can it tempt you to spend more than you can afford Buck The Trend: 5 Tips To Avoid Shopping Impulsively Online Buck The Trend: 5 Tips To Avoid Shopping Impulsively Online Are you an impulsive shopper? Do you throw away money on items you don’t really want or need? Here are some tips and tricks to help you regain control. Read More , resulting in financial burdens and stress? Sadly, yes.

Retailers use all kinds of tricks and tactics to get you buying more stuff Do You Think Twice About These Online Shopping Traps Before You Buy? Do You Think Twice About These Online Shopping Traps Before You Buy? Retailers and marketers are using cutting-edge behavioral psychology to get you to buy their products, whether you need them or not. Do you know how they're targeting you? Read More . It’s manipulative and it works. Fortunately, there are counter-tricks that you can use to reduce how much money you waste online 7 Tricks That'll Help You Waste Less Money Online 7 Tricks That'll Help You Waste Less Money Online Read More , and the sites on this list are great for that.

Over time, the following sites can easily save you thousands of dollars. Check them out and incorporate them into your online shopping workflow as soon as you can!

1. CamelCamelCamel

Full disclosure: I’m a huge Amazon fan. Save for groceries and certain items that tend to be overpriced online, I get everything from Amazon because my Prime membership makes it worthwhile. Plus it lets me justify all of the other benefits of a Prime membership.

But if you shop on Amazon often, especially for expensive items like laptops or DSLR cameras, then there’s one website you absolutely need to start using: CamelCamelCamel, which has two main features.

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First, you can view the price history of any item on Amazon going back several years (or to when it first appeared). Price histories are tracked separately for Amazon’s price, third-party “New” price, and third-party “Used” price. I use it to see if an item’s sale price is actually a deal or not.

Second, you can create price drop alerts on an item-by-item basis. Let’s say you want to buy a fancy new kitchen mixer that’s priced at $400 but the price history tells you that it periodically falls as low as $325. With CamelCamelCamel, you can be alerted by email when the item drops below a threshold.

It’s amazing and I highly recommend it. I’ve been using it for less than a year but it has already saved me hundreds of dollars.

2. SlickDeals

The web has no shortage of deal-hunting sites, but many of them are either too slow (the deals end shortly after being posted), too meager (not enough deals to be worth checking every day), or too unreliable (the deals don’t work even when they should).

Perhaps that’s why SlickDeals remains king, boasting so much traffic that it’s a top-150 site in the U.S. If you’re a deal hunter, bookmark SlickDeals right now.

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Here’s how it works: members post deals that they find around the web, other members vote on whether the deal works and whether it’s a good value, and then those deals are shown on the front page (or curated as Featured by editors).

If you’re in the market for an item, you can search SlickDeals, but the best way to use this site is to check in daily and snag great deals as you spot them. For best results, use these SlickDeals tips!

3. RetailMeNot

The next time you’re shopping online and about to click the “Submit Order” button without a promo code, take a moment to open a new tab in your browser and visit RetailMeNot. Depending on how fortunate you are, you could end up saving a good chunk of money.

RetailMeNot is an aggregator for coupon codes and promo codes for retail sites all over the web. Whether you’re shopping at Target.com, Dominos.com, or even YankeeCandle.com, there’s a good chance you’ll find a code to use. The selection is surprisingly wide.

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For example, the other day I shopped for clothes on J.Crew’s online store and found a code on RetailMeNot that gave me 30% off of my entire cart plus free shipping if the order totaled $150 or more. The same cart of items would’ve cost me twice as much without it!

RetailMeNot also tracks other stuff like gift card deals, product deals, and cash back offers, but the checkout codes are still the best bit. If you can’t find an applicable code here, you can also try these other online coupon sites The 3 Best Online Coupon Sites to Save You Money The 3 Best Online Coupon Sites to Save You Money Coupon sites are one of the best and easiest ways to save when shopping online. From quick deals to guides on how to control your budget, here are the best coupon resources on the Web. Read More .

4. Groupon

I’ve used Groupon a handful of times in my life and it was always for deals at local restaurants and businesses. Little did I realize that Groupon actually has sections that are extremely useful for buying things online and saving a lot of money in the process.

The main thing you should check out is the Clearance section, which has hundreds of items marked significantly below retail value. As of this writing, I see Ray-Ban Sunglasses for 35% off, Kenneth Cole Boots for 60% off, and Calphalon Ceramic Pans for 44% off.

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And like RetailMeNot, Groupon is another nifty source of coupon codes. The selection may not be as wide, but it’s nothing to sneeze at either. It’s definitely worth checking before you buy something online.

Groupon has been known to be problematic at times Is Groupon Safe and Does It Really Save Money? Is Groupon Safe and Does It Really Save Money? Groupon is arguably the most popular coupon and local deals site. But how safe is it? And are the savings really what they appear to be? We investigate the truth. Read More , namely that certain deals don’t actually save any money and that some items are sold under misleading or fraudulent descriptions. But as long as you’re careful and aware, Groupon can be great.

5. BizRate

Amazon might be my personal first stop when I need to buy something, but I’ve learned that Amazon doesn’t always carry the best price. Sometimes the best deal is found on a big-name competitor’s site, and sometimes it’s found on a niche site you’ve never heard of.

Instead of burdening yourself by checking all possible retail sites, let BizRate do it for you. With one search, you can get a side-by-side comparison of prices from hundreds of different places.

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Maybe you’ll find that Amazon’s price really is the best. If so, great! And that will happen often, in my experience. But the fact that you can get confirmation that Amazon is the lowest price? That alone is enough to get me checking BizRate.

Note that BizRate isn’t the only price comparison site worth using 7 Price Comparison Websites You Should Bookmark Right Now 7 Price Comparison Websites You Should Bookmark Right Now Price comparison websites help you find the item you want at the lowest price possible. Read More . Other good ones include NexTag, Bing Shopping, Pronto, and PriceRunner (if you’re in the UK).

How Do You Save Money When Shopping Online?

The biggest difference between shopping online and shopping locally is shipping, so don’t forget to check out these tips for cutting down on shipping costs Shipping Smartly: 5 Frugal Tips To Save Money When Shopping Online Shipping Smartly: 5 Frugal Tips To Save Money When Shopping Online You're shopping around online, you find the perfect item just within your budget, but the shipping is just way too much? Here's how to cut those fees down to size. Read More . Better yet, try these methods for scoring free shipping every time 7 Ways to Score Free Shipping on Every Online Order 7 Ways to Score Free Shipping on Every Online Order Here are seven ways you can get free shipping when you shop online. Read More .

Do you have any other sites, tips, or tricks that we missed? We’d love to hear from you, so please share them with us in the comments below!

Originally written by Sharninder on May 25, 2009.

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  1. Midhunlal G
    December 29, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    This site rockzzz..awesome!!Thanks a lot..

  2. Zaid
    December 16, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    Try http://www.onewayshopping.com shopping search engine to virtually find anything.

  3. Alan
    December 15, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    Check out http://www.SeeSpend.com?req_sale=1 for a shopping mall of the top sites' outlet and sales pages. Use the other options to target your search for things like sports or electronics sites or just the top rated.

  4. pccounter
    November 17, 2009 at 2:50 am

    Check out http://www.pccounter.net for deals and coupons on tech products i.e. computers, digital camera, mp3 player, games etc

  5. Diana Meller
    November 5, 2009 at 1:01 am

    Another useful site for saving money is http://www.pricetrace.com. It provides great price research features such as complete price history for the products, price drop subscription, and finds inexpensive filler items to qualify for free shipping.

    The best part is that with their PriceTrace toolbar, users can do price comparison in 1-click, when they are browsing on top online stores such as Amazon.com, macys.com, walmart.com, etc.

  6. membuat website
    October 20, 2009 at 11:33 am

    I usually shop in ebay, lots of cheap price.

  7. Johny
    September 25, 2009 at 8:24 am

    really nice post. Anyway how could you miss pennysaverusa.com/coupon/region/w-us/sections/ there is more than 7000 free, printable coupons all over USA.

  8. Artemon
    September 13, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    It was pleasant to visit your site.

  9. Marina
    July 28, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    Fatwallet and Slickdeals are both natural complements to Milo. For example, when I find a hot deal posted on either of those sites, I first check Milo to see if I can pickup the item cheaper locally right now.

    http://milo.com

  10. nuff said
    July 13, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    ableshoppers.com & slickdeals.net

  11. Sofa
    June 27, 2009 at 6:08 am

    Nice resurse, senk

  12. Boryasha
    June 25, 2009 at 12:45 am

    Senk you very match

  13. Niubi
    June 24, 2009 at 2:16 am

    If you haven't looked at dubli.com. I strongly recommend that you do so. This website has two features for the shopper looking to save money. It has a reverse auction option, where PRICES GO DOWN with each bid. The second aspect of the site is a brilliant shopping mall, where prices are guaranteed to be the lowest on the net. This guarantee is protected with a pricing policy - find a lower price locally or online, and you'll get the difference plus 10% for your trouble.

    Seriously, check it out. Both the auction and the shopping mall have a wide range of goods covering just about everything you could want. The mall features big names like Macys, too. Go see, you really have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

  14. Cynthia
    June 22, 2009 at 9:35 am

    Hey that was really good info that you have passed on during these cash crunch times. I would like to add one more to the list and that would be (coupongrove.com/FreemansCatalogue/). It is simply a delight to shop here with easy payment options and a 20% discount on your first purchase. All you need for your family and home is available at just the click of your button.

  15. Sergiy
    June 11, 2009 at 7:13 am

    Thank you so much!

  16. swarovski kristalle
    June 10, 2009 at 1:56 am

    It's like having your own personal shopper constantly on the lookout for sales.

  17. Jenn
    June 4, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    I run CheapTweet (cheaptweet.com), which is a Twitter-based deals site. We search Twitter for all the coupons, sales, discounts and deals people are talking about and post them on our site for visitors to browse and vote on.

  18. Arina
    June 1, 2009 at 9:06 am

    A nice overview of a bunch of the daily deals can be found on one page at

  19. Battery
    May 27, 2009 at 9:45 am

    Great list.
    Online shopping batteries, chargers and adapter on shopping-batteries.com/

  20. Philly cheese steak
    May 26, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    I cannot believe slickdeals.net was overlooked.

    SERIOUSLY. This is the home of Hot Deals

  21. Chris K
    May 26, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    If you like the "deal of the day" style - zerodaydeals.com collects them on one page. And another vote for slickdeals, definitely my favorite. Also, if you have something you're looking for, dealnews has rss feeds for pretty narrow categories. Camera accessories, halloween costumes, etc.

  22. Laura Pagles
    May 26, 2009 at 11:28 am

    Great list. And woohoo, we made the cut! Thanks so much for referencing FatWallet. It's rare that a FatWallet.com mention catches both the Fatwallet Forums and Cash Back resources. And as you mentioned, there is strength in numbers when the community is vetting the coupons and offers.

    • Sharninder
      May 26, 2009 at 12:16 pm

      You're welcome Laura. And thanks for the great service :-) So, are we going to see some special coupons and offers just for MakeUseOf readers ? ;-)

  23. Stella
    May 26, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    I use savings.com to find online coupons and promo codes. Unlike many other sites out there, they keep their deals and codes really clean and update the site daily so you rarely find a broken or expired code. You can also submit deals, vote on deals or sign up for their newsletter or RSS feed to be alerted of new deals without having to check in at the site daily.

  24. John
    May 26, 2009 at 6:53 am

    I've been able to find some really good online deals using this web site:

    zingsale.com

    It's a free service that tracks prices of products from online stores (like amazon) and sends you an email when the price drops.

  25. Matthew
    May 26, 2009 at 1:12 am

    Great list!

    Yeah, RetailMeNot should be in the list too :)

    • Sharninder
      May 26, 2009 at 1:25 am

      I agree, if I have to write this again, retailmenot and slickdeals would probably be on that list too. I could have mentioned ebay too but everyone knows that ;)

  26. John - TechListReport.com
    May 25, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    Great list. Also check out DealStop.com.

  27. mojo
    May 25, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    check out slickdeals.net - not just the front page, but the hot deals forum. I used to use fatwallet, and don't even check that site since switching to slickdeals. its just so much bigger that there is no need for any other sites. but i will check out the other sites you mentioned. thaks.

  28. Sustoo
    May 25, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    Nice list but what about Sustoo.com? You can find discounts on Amazon USA, UK and Canada with the tools on there.

  29. Dominic
    May 25, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    I've found that RetailMeNot is an excellent source of coupons.

  30. Mkcoy
    May 25, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    Thanks for making this. I use FatWallet myself but am always on the lookout for sites such as these to review and use myself to save money when shopping online. It's a wise move to take to consider using sites like these when shopping online to save money. It's all about being Frugal :)

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  32. Paul
    May 25, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    Thank you so much for this. I love this site. There is always so much useful information and tips that i just wouldn't find snywhere else. Thanks again.

  33. Petr Buben
    May 25, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    also, lists of shopping/comparison sites at bargains.nexo.com , coupons.nexo.com. from friendfeed.com/petrbuben

  34. Chuck
    May 25, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    A nice overview of a bunch of the daily deals can be found on one page at:

    dailydealscanner.com