A Guide To Good Deals: How To Save Money On Everything You Buy Online

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Deal   A Guide To Good Deals: How To Save Money On Everything You Buy OnlineOnline shopping makes it easier than ever to get a good deal – whether it’s using comparison sites, getting alerts on new savings, or taking a scanner everywhere you go on your phone to make sure you’re getting the best price no matter where you are.

We’ve put together a short guide on how to save money on just about anything you might be looking for online. And remember, to be a conscious consumer, you also should do a little bit of research to make sure that your good deal really is a good deal.

Comparison Sites

If you’re shopping for a specific product, the best place to start is with price comparison sites. A good place to start is with well-known and reliable giants like PriceGrabber and Google Shopping. Each of these sites are fully searchable, and list products from well-known and reliable retailers like Amazon, NewEgg, Walmart and more. It also lists products available at more obscure sites, but luckily each retailer is rated by other users like you. One advantage that Google Shopping has over PriceGrabber is that it will not only point out online deals, but will also let you know where you can find a good deal at your local brick and mortar stores.

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There are other ways to compare prices, besides doing a search on a site. You can also install a browser extension that alerts you when it finds better deals on any given product you’re viewing. InvisibleHand is a Firefox/Chrome/Safari extension that will get you good deals on products, as well as addressing your travel needs with flight, hotel and car rental deals. PriceBlink, available for Firefox/Chrome/Safari/Internet Explorer users is a solid alternative to InvisibleHand.

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You may not always think about comparing prices when it comes to renting a film online, but there are a few sites that can do just that. In our post listing the best sites to search Hulu, Netflix and more in one place, one site that stood out for price comparisons of digital rentals and purchases was Can I Stream It? Another solid alternative is Watchily which allows you to filter your results by price.

There’s no reason to limit your comparison shopping to only when you are at a computer. A smartphone equipped with a camera is all that you need to scan products while shopping to make sure you can find the very best deals possible.

ShopSavvy, (reviewed in-depth here by MakeUseOf’s Justin Pot) is a free iOS, Android, Windows Mobile app that allows you to scan barcodes on products and shows you where else it’s available – both online and in local stores. If you’re a faithful Amazon user and want to make sure Amazon doesn’t have a better deal than your brick and mortar store – you can do just that with the Amazon mobile app.

Deals and Coupons

Finding deals and coupons online can be a piece of cake if you bookmark a few sites. If you’re all about using coupons online, you’ll love RetailMeNot and CouponCabin. Not only do they offer up coupon and promo codes for use online, they also feature ways to take the savings offline too. RetailMeNot has a section for printable coupons, while CouponCabin allows US users to enter their zip code or choose their state in the local section, and you can find savings in your area.

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Aside from actual coupons, there are a couple of good sites worth following to keep up with online deals and savings. Dealzon is jam-packed with good deals, free apps, and you can subscribe to an email list to get all the deals sent straight to your inbox. Dealnews gets you the best deals sent to your inbox, using the site’s free mobile apps and extensions, or alerts via email, RSS and more. Other sites worth checking out include FatWallet and SlickDeals.

Shopping giant Amazon offers deals on a daily basis, but they are easy to overlook. Check out Craig Snyder’s guide to taking advantage of all the deals on Amazon, to make sure you keep up with all the great deals.

Alerts

With sites like IFTTT and mobile apps that can notify you of new deals, there’s no reason you ever have to miss a good deal again. Kannon Yamada has written a great guide on how to use RSS feeds and IFTTT recipes to get notified of all the great online deals that are just waiting for you. It doesn’t end there. On IFTTT, simply searching the word deal will turn up a ton of interesting recipes that will notify you of all kinds of deals you might not have even thought of. From Amazon Deals, Gizmodo Deals, Woot deals and more, you’re bound to save a ton just by using IFTTT. We’ve also highlighted some pretty nifty IFTTT money-saving recipes here.

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If you’re looking for a way to get notified when apps you have got an eye on have seen a price drop, what better way to do this than on your phone? AppsFire, which we reviewed in-depth here, allows users to search for apps and receive notifications when their price drops. If iPhone apps is what you’re mainly after, we have a bunch of other ways you can find great deals on iOS apps in our guide here.

If you’re looking for alerts on more than just apps, be sure to check out PricePinx.

Daily Deals

We know all about the daily deals sites like Groupon and Living Social, but that’s not the only way you can get a good deal. First off, you can always search for all the deals aggregated on one page with Bing’s Offers page. The site detects your location and you can find all the best daily deals in your area, with just a few clicks of the button.

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If you want to get all the deals for your area in your inbox on a daily basis, check out the aggregator Dealize.

Are you getting a good deal?

If you’ve found what you think is a good deal, it’s also worth asking yourself, are you actually getting a good deal? With hotels, a great site to check out is The Suitest which allows you to search for hotel rooms by location. Once you narrow down your results to the price range and amenities, The Suitest will rate the deal and compare the actual price to the usual price (how much you would normally pay for this room at this time of year) and the fair value price (how much the room should cost based on location, amenities and dates.

Another tip we have for how to save money is to do a little research before actually buying the deal. If you can find a site for the product or service, it would be worth checking out their online prices, and make sure it really is a marked down price from the usual offerings.

Do you have any tips or tricks to make sure that you’re always getting a good deal? Let us know in the comments.

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Rajendra

Please also post the India version of comparison websites

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Doc

For computer components, I prefer Pricewatch to Pricegrabber.

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Rhonda

great advice. too bad it doesn’t help Canadians. more and more shopping sites either don’t ship to Canada, ship at HUGE cost to Canada, or have marketing arrangements with manufacturers that don’t allow certain products to be shipped to Canada. not sure how to rectify that. but sure do wish your advice was useful. :-(

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Organic Black

My goal is not to get into a google/bing war but I have not found google price comparasons to be reliable. I do understand that companies pay to be part of google shopping; thus a number of very good sites are not represented. In addition ; in 3 of my last 4 google shopping when I wen to the cheapest place it was either not at the price listed or not the item I was searching.

I have found bing shopping; pricegrabber, and cnet shopper to have better searchs, more stores, and more reliable pricing tha google shopping.

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B Searle

Thanks for the great info! I will try these out. I did try The Suitest, which apparantly is elitist (just kidding, couldn’t resist the punny rhyme). It does call itself “A Swanky Hotel Intelligence.” It also admits to being a beta site. However, it doesn’t know that Ann Arbor exists or the state of Michigan for that matter. Perhaps later?

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eric stoick

2 websites I use constantly are thefind.com, this is a search engine that will show you all the sites that carry the product your looking for. I also use Ebates.com where you can earn cash back. They will either send you a check every 3 months or you can apply it to your PayPal account. Ebates will send you emails as to what the “daily double” is. That means that say normally Home Depot gives 3% cash back, being the daily double you get 6% cash back. It doesn’t sound like much but depending on how much you buy online it is worth it. Stores like Tiger Direct and Newegg are on the Ebates site.

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Pamela Frost

Same POV as others below – only US-centric! Not a problem, but could you have told us that upfront so we din’t waste time readingabout /trying out the suggestions only to find they were not applicable to my country? (Australia)

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Pamela Frost

Same POV as others below – only US-centric! Not a problem, but could you have told us that upfront so we din’t waste time readingabout /trying out the suggestions only to find they were not applicable to my country? (Australia)
Thanks for your comment. We appreciate your response.

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Kannon Yamada

Great article!

Lately I’ve been using a combination of methods to snatch up deals online. I found that your article on using RSS and social media combined nicely with IFTTT and other services for targeting specific keywords.

I “borrowed” (stole?) your methods when I wrote about the integration between RSS and shopping websites.

Thanks for writing about this.

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sekhar

Thanks for the article. Request to give good sites for Customers in India.

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Dirk

I found the article very helpful but missed the most basic advice: as a conscious consumer you need to always first ask the question – do I really need the thing I am planning to buy. Many of us have far too much stuff. It clutters our lives. Much stuff burdens our lives rather than enrich it. For an honest review of this “Gear Acquisition Syndrome” (GAS), see http://www.f-stopeight.com/confessions-of-an-ex-gear-addict-how-buying-cameras-and-lenses-made-me-miserable-and-loose-thousands/#more-44945. The article is about addiction to buying photography equipment but you can replace that with just about anything: shawls, smartphones or software.

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Bart

The end is near,

If we all do this, the only what will remain are liqour stores and supermarkets, the shop owner have to pay rent, heating, gas, electric, he can,t compete even if he starts an internet shop, 2d the pollution of all the extra paking material and air pollution of all the vans deliver it.
remember we do not inherit the world from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children

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Anna Turner

My favorite daily deal aggregator is definitely Bownty (http://bownty.com) as they offer you the opportunity to remember deals with Deal Wallet, and get the most popular deals from a lot of dealsites in one email (:

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Michael C.

This is a great overview, and I would like to add http://www.dealdump.com to that, which has a very useful search functionality… that bundles and searches over all the other above mentioned websites. Really pretty cool.

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