Using The Internet for Ways to Save Money That Were Never Possible Before
People love it when they’re granted new ways to save money. The Internet is nothing if not a treasure trove of new ideas and services that help you do just this. There are websites that clue you in on where the latest deals are, that tell you who give you cash back for shopping, that give you coupon codes and that do all the legwork for you, finding out what everything costs everywhere. Even if you don’t like to shop on the Internet, knowing what the best prices are can help you negotiate or know a good deal when you see one. And then there are the smartphone apps that help you do all of this stuff right on your phone. Let’s take a look, shall we?
Some of the price comparison websites are nothing if not ambitious. Consider Dealio and Pronto – two incredibly useful websites that feature prices for approximately 50 million products each (I didn’t even know there were that many consumer products in the world to buy). And they feature tens of thousands of merchants online and off. Pronto gives you price comparisons for eBay for anything you happen to be searching for. Dealio is the larger of the two, and it tries to add value with coupon codes and customer ratings on how use of those coupon codes went for them. They even offer you downloadable tools for new ways to save money searching for the lowest prices online. PriceGrabber Is not as big as these two; it only gives you prices for products from about 15,000 retail businesses. However, they send out e-mail alerts when anything that is registered with them goes on sale. And you get all kinds of ideas on what to buy, news on deals and product reviews. Did you ever wonder what happened to Froogle, Google’s price comparison site? The renamed it Google Product Search. This isn’t as narrowly focused a website as the other three. They won’t give you any shopping ideas; they don’t tell you what the deal of the day is. Even so, they’ll surely give you a lot of great information should you happen to know what precisely it is that you want.
If you love coupons and the way, they give you a couple of dollars off on all kinds of purchases, you don’t need to go hunting in the newspapers any longer. Lots of websites, RetailMeNot, CouponWinner and Alex’s Coupons, give you coupon codes, coupons you can print and scannable coupons for your smartphone. Each one of these websites provides you coupons for thousands of retailers, and you don’t have to sign up to go to coupon hunting on these websites; but if you do, they will e-mail you all the coupons that you want.
Do you love shopping so much you just like to read about it – about all the deals that are on offer and all the great products you could have, even if you don’t think you are in the market for anything at the moment? That’s where websites like DealNews into the picture. DealNews is a website that has people on the job hunting for the deals as thousands of online retailers. They publish the best that they find for more than a million products. And they update their website hundreds of times a day. DealTaker on the other hand, is a place that lists its finds in its forums. Why do they have to make it difficult for you to find those deals? Because if they made it easy and put everything right on their front page, everybody would find them. And you really want deals in ways to save money that no one else knows of, don’t you?