With the economy rolling around in the tank, pink slips being handed out like rice at a sushi restaurant and our fun shifting to finding a bargain, here’s 5 ways to use technology to find the best deals and even free stuff!
- Scan Grocery Circulars. Mygrocerydeals.com scans circulars in 50 states each week and lets you search for sales at stores near you.
- Load Up Your Loyalty Card. Shortcuts.com lets you load up your supermarket loyalty card with electronic coupons.
- Get free stuff. Heyitsfree.net is a blog that was started by 25-year-old Ryan Eubanks when he was in college and broke. He scours the Web daily to find offers that are truly worth the bother and posts them on his nicely designed site. Recent deals included a free 14-day supply of Nature Made vitamins, free caulk for windows, and a free downloadable e-book by financial guru Suze Orman. Use the “sort by” toolbar to get retailers with the highest ratings first.
- Keep an eye on prices. PriceProtectr.com makes it simple to watch prices, keep track of your purchases, and get rebates off price drops. DealAlerter.com notifies you when a price drops. Pick an item, and they’ll check its price daily for you — then send you an email alert — when the item you want to buy drops to the price you set, and PriceSpider.com is an active, real-time web crawler that searches hundreds of online retailers to provide consumers with the best prices on the web. Check out the cool historical price graphs!
- Grab a promotional code. To find promotional codes, go to RetailMeNot.com or Google the name of the shopping site with the words “coupon code” or “promotion code.” For free shipping coupons, go to Freeshipping.org.
Another great way to find the best products is to check out Consumer Reports Magazine. I can’t tell you how many items I’ve purchased after first consulting their reviews. Most recently I purchased the Canon Powershot SX110IS 9MP Digital Camera with 10x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom (Black) after reviewing the ratings. I’ll be posting my own review here soon – so stay tuned!