Great Sites To Help You Save Money While Shopping Online

Nobody likes dealing with crowds at Christmas, wondering if they paid too much, or standing behind that lady with the lone $2.00 item arguing with the manager about her expired coupon that isn’t even for the right store.  We’ve all been there.

Here are a handful of sites my wife and I use when we shop online.

Amazon Mom

If you are a parent (or caretaker), you can sign up for Amazon mom and receive free 2-day shipping for 3 months.  Just enter the information about your son (or daughter).   Nothing personal, just name and birth date and what products you are interested in.   Beyond the 3 free months of free 2-day shipping, you’ll receive 1 additional month for every $25 you spend in the baby store.   Makes it easy if you “subscribe & save” for diapers, wipes, etc.

Slickdeals.net

SlickDeals is a great community site whose participants actively post deals from around the web. If a certain retailer is looking to closeout inventory, or there is just a deeply discounted product, you are likely to find it here. You can sign-up for email alerts, subscribe to an RSS feed, or just search for a particular deal.

YipIt

It seems like every day there is another GroupOn clone that tries to make it on the web. With all the daily deal sites, it can be hard to keep track of all the offerings. YipIt presents a consolidated, filter-able view of all the deal sites on the web. Just being able to check 1 site instead of 20 will save you time and still allow you to not feel ripped off every time you pay full price at a restaurant.

Plastic Jungle

Got that $100 gift card to Radio Shack (who shops there?) or that restaurant you never liked? Plastic Jungle will buy your old gift card and give give you cash in return. They make their money by re-selling your card to someone who wanted it and taking a small margin between their purchase and sale. It’s also a great way to buy a gift card if you want one. Never pay full price for a gift card to Target, Home Depot, or any other number of common stores.

Retail Me Not

When you’re shopping online, and you see that “Promotion code” box during the checkout, do you ever feel confident you are getting the lowest price when you leave it blank? 7 or 8 times out of 10, I’ll open a new tab and go searching for a code for the site. RetailMeNot.com offers a consolidated approach to online coupons. This is the first place I check now.

 

Kyle Ballard

Kyle is a software developer with 15+ years of experience and holds Microsoft and Salesforce developer certifications. He is also a spouse, father, aspiring home chef, and technology enthusiast.