More and more people are shopping online, and for good reason.
It’s fast and convenient, and saves you trudging around lots of shops trying to find the goods you want.
But if you’re like me, you want to know you’re getting the best deal.
Fortunately there are some tools and websites that help you to find the best values.
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1. ShopGenius: for Before Shopping
When you do your initial search for something, say on Amazon.com, and click through to the product page, ShopGenius (from shopgeniusapp.com) goes into action.
It automatically looks at other suppliers of the product, and identifies any better deals for you. It will find better advertised prices, and save you searching around.
2. CamelCamelCamel: for During Shopping
CamelCamelCamel is a handy little browser extension that can pull up the price history of any particular product that you are looking at on Amazon.com.
The icon appears in the address bar, and you simply click on the camel to pull up the historic report on prices, so you can see how today’s price compares to offers in the past.
You can even set up alerts that warn you when the price is changing.
3. Honey: for Checking out
Every time I get to a check out page, I see the “enter coupon code” box and open another tab to do a quick Google search for any coupons.
At least I used to.
Now I have the Honey extension installed, and every time I get to a checkout page it pops up and tells you how many coupon codes it has found for the product. You can then instruct it to go and test them, and report back on valid codes that will save you money.
Talk about a timesaver!
4. FreeShipping.org: for Shipping
If free shipping is what you’re after, then you should start your search for products on the freeshipping.org website.
Try Swagbucks, the famous rewards program that pays you for watching videos, taking surveys, shopping and more.
It connects through to thousands of stores that have free shipping. It will guarantee that whatever products you finish up ordering, it will cost you nothing to get them delivered.
5. Paribus: for After Purchase
You know how the big retailers offer price matching, that is if you buy something and see it cheaper somewhere else, or if the price they are selling it for falls, they will refund the difference?
Well now there’s an app for that.
It’s called Paribus.
All you do is sign up with your email account, so that the app can access the receipts for your purchases. Then it watches everything you buy, and automatically fills in a claim if you can get some money back.
It costs you nothing if it doesn’t find any refunds, and if it does it costs 25% of the refund, quite a deal when you probably wouldn’t have known about the possibility of a refund anyway without having Paribus find it.
So there you have five tools that can cut the costs of your online shopping.
The ones I like most are Paribus and Honey, but they can all be very useful in confirming that you got a great deal!