REAL WAYS TO SHOP AND SAVE
O.K. I admit it. I’m a sucker for two things in life: shopping
and “getting a deal.” Who hasn’t had the “cheap
thrill” of finding just the item you want on sale on the exact
day you walk into the store? It just feels good.
I’m lucky enough to have married one of the few male shoppers
in the world, and together we’ve made shopping and sniffing out
sales a sport. Our friends wonder how we eat out as much as we do and
travel regularly. “How do you find these deals?!” they’ll
say in awe and maybe just a little envy. As my husband says, “you
just have to look!”
The are several ways that you too, can become a savvy shopper and find
the deals of the day. Everything from less expensive appliances, apparel,
computers, gifts and home accessories.
Good Deals Don’t Just Fall from Sky
The key to finding super saving deals is to look
for them. As simple as it sounds, doing a little legwork can save you
money and it can be fun too! Before you make a purchase make it a habit
to do your homework first. Soon you’ll be saving enough to treat
yourself to that spa day you deserve!
So, what are the steps to becoming a savvy shopper?
Seek out the Sales - smart shoppers
know where and when to look for the best deals. Now more than ever there
are plenty of websites that make sniffing out a deal both fun and easy.
Here are just a few to get you started on your search:
http://www.fatwallet.com/ - offers ways to do just
what the name of the website says -keep you wallet fat by saving you
money. This handy site has special offers, discounts, a forum to share
your best bargains and learn from fellow shoppers, retailer ratings,
and a cash back feature for buying from over 100 of the web’s
http://www.overstock.com/ - great deals on brand-name
home accessories, linens, jewelry, electronics and more. This site
regularly features $1.00 shipping, which simply can’t be beat!
They have loads of gear and gadgets for up to 65% off.
http://www.amazing-bargains.com/ - new bargains are added daily for
everything from Dell computers to magazines and clothing. The site is
a link to online retailers offering a wide range of savings. Most offers
have a short expiration date.
Comparison Shop – mom was right; look before
you leap or in this case look before you buy. This is especially important
when purchasing electronics, computer hardware, software or appliances.
The following web sites are wonderful resources for comparison shopping
from the comfort of your computer chair.
http://www.epinions.com/ - not sure which digital camera or portable
DVD player is right for you? Which electronics are the best buys and
which are bombs? This website offers easy price comparisons and best
of all individual consumer product reviews to help you tell the deals
from the duds.
http://www.salescircular.com/ - this excellent
site is an easy way to find out “what’s on sale at retail sales this week.” Simply
click on the link for your state to find out what’s on sale at
retailers such as Best Buy, Circuit City, CompUSA, Kmart, Office Depot,
Office Max, Radio Shack, Sears, Staples, Target and WalMart. It’s
a great way to find the best sale price on that MP3 player or camcorder
you’ve had your eye on.
http://www.pricegrabber.com/ - has “millions of products from
thousands of merchants” from autos to computers to movies and toys
this site does the comparison shopping for you. Have fun finding the
best prices on products for your home or business.
Go Coupon Crazy – make a game
of finding super savings in all areas of your shopping life. These sites
make it easy for budgeting your time and money.
http://www.entertainment.com/ - these handy coupon
books can be ordered with your individual city in mind. The Entertainment
Books offer “buy
one get one free” dinner specials for a variety of restaurants
from upscale to casual and fast food. Once you’ve purchased the
book you can select additional discounts from the online site. The book
also includes deals on travel, cruises, car rentals, local services and
more. The retail price ranges from $25 to $45 depending on the city where
you reside. In most cases, by the time you use your first or second coupon;
you’ll have “made back” the cost of the book.
http://www.edealinfo.com/ - this is a web-based “filling cabinet” of
deals and coupon codes separated into a variety of categories for easy
use. This site is especially strong in the computer, electronics and
office supply areas. Look for good deals for your home office.
http://www.mycoupons.com/ - this is the place for
gift cards, arts & crafts
and items for kids and babies. The coupons are rated on a five star system.
An estimated value of the
sale offered is given within the description of the deal.
Tara Green is a freelance writer, event planner and entrepreneur.
She can be reached at galleryoflove.net