Monday, August 23, 2010

Sites To Help You Get a Great Deal Online

I'm doing more and more of my shopping online.  It saves me time and money, allows me to make more informed decisions about my purchases (when I can read reviews), and spares me the stress of lugging two squirmy children in and out of stores.  But I probably don't have to sing the praises of online retail for you; I just want to pass along some sites that you might not know about that can help you get a great deal online--with a percentage or dollar amount off, a free shipping code, or a special sale price.


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RetailMeNot.com - This is, as far as I'm concerned, the best coupon site to have in your back pocket.  Simply search for the website you'd like to purchase from and up come the related coupon codes.  Users rate them based on success, so you probably won't have to try a bunch of bogus codes.  I NEVER make a purchase online without checking here first. You can even find printable coupons if you'd rather head into a store!

Tjoos.com - Another great coupon site.  When a company has blocked its coupon codes from appearing on RetailMeNot, I've sometimes been able to find them here.

StyleNotes.com - Highlights daily deals available around the web and allows you to search for a coupon code for a specific store.  I've often gotten good codes for Target here.  As implied by the name, clothing is the focus here, but household items, kids' items, and electronics also come up.

DealNews.com - The big brother site to StyleNotes, electronics and "guy stuff" is mostly the name of the game here.

Groupon.com - I have not used this site, but the general idea is that you're getting a group discount all by yourself.  You purchase the daily groupon for a certain amount, and if enough other people buy too, you all get a great deal.  For example, the other day Gap offered a groupon--you paid $25, and got $50 to spend in store!

Money Saving Mom - Rounds up great in-store and online deals.  Add it and Balancing Budgets and Babies to your favorite feed reader!

Zulily - This deal site is members-only (free to join), and offers high-end children's and maternity items at deep discounts.  Supplies are limited and new sales are offered every day. 

Scrapbooksteals.com, Babysteals.com, and Kidsteals.com - The name says it all with these.  Each day at 9am PST (that's 11am for us in EST) new items are available on these sites at 40-80% off until they're sold out.  Quantities are very limited and they have a bit of a "cult" following which means you'll have to be fast if the steal is something you want.  I've bought a few things from BabySteals. Just be careful that shipping doesn't negate the deal for you, and know that there are no returns with these sites either.


So there you have it, my favorite sites for snagging a bargain.  I hope they help you to save on things you'd buy anyway, allowing you to live with your means and steward your finances well.  Shopping online can be dangerous because the cash doesn't actually leave your hands--a click of a button, and it's done.  Some of these sites prey on compulsive shoppers too, so if that's a struggle for you (as it can be for me), approach with caution. :)  To quote my wise husband, "it's not a deal if you don't need it," so don't let me push you over the edge into an unnecessary shopping spree.

Happy saving!

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