Who can resist a good sale? Not me!
I love shopping online, and I love saving money while shopping online even more. This year, I’ve been shopping online more than usual, but I’ve had help.
Competition can be a great thing. This year, retailers are competing like crazy to capture the Black Friday/Cyber Monday shoppers, but they’ve also ramped up their competition throughout the year. Amazon and Walmart began the trend with their Prime Day/Rollback Sale. Shortly after, Best Buy, Target, and Kohl’s also ran fabulous sales as part of a Christmas in July series. Did you take advantage of those sales? How did you find out about them?
In order to find the best online deals, I sign up for my favorite stores’ email lists to get notified of sales as soon as they start. In addition to reviewing sales ads and websites on my own to find the best sales, I’ve also been using some other websites. Many of these sites are gearing up for Black Friday, but you’ll also find great deals all year long. I check them regularly before I place an order online or if I’m shopping for a special holiday or birthday.
- In addition to finding the greatest deals every day, The Passionate Penny Pincher offers everything from a beginner’s guide to couponing to articles on finding the best diaper prices. Sign up for the newsletter to receive a daily list of the best deals.
- Money Saving Mom provides articles on everything from recipes and planning freezer meals to a coupon database. In the coupon database, you can type in the name of the product that you’re looking for and find printable coupons. There’s a searchable list of stores so that you can look up the best deals at your local grocery store. She regularly lists freebies, such as free books on Amazon and other freebies that you can find at your local drugstore.
- The Sensible Family runs several Facebook groups to save. My favorite place to find great deals is the Extreme Christmas Savings Facebook group (click on the affiliate link for an opportunity to win a Kindle Fire). They post the best items at rock bottom prices from every store imaginable on this site, along with a link on where to find it. They’ve posted sales on everything from promotions at restaurants, deals on children’s clothes, igloo coolers, and crockpots, just to name a few. So far, I’ve already bought three crockpots (two for Christmas presents and one for myself!) and countless other items at unbelievable prices.
- The Sensible Family also hosts an Amazon Subscribe & Save Facebook group, which I also use before I place my monthly order. I have a slight addiction to Amazon, and I often find the best deals on my unique monthly Subscribe & Save shipments in this group (if you’re not familiar with Subscribe & Save, read my post to get set up). Especially if I need to add a few low-priced items to meet the five item minimum to get the 15% savings, I’ll often refer to the group and comb through previous deals, many of which are still available.
- In addition to using these sites, I also check the Amazon Lightning Deals on a regular basis, especially in the month before a holiday or birthday. To make sure that the current price is “rock bottom,” check the last year’s price history on Camel Camel Camel. If the item isn’t currently on sale, you can also add it to a watch list.
- I also try to find unique gifts on sites like Rue La La and then compare them to the prices on Amazon or sites with similar products before making a purchase.
I love these websites for saving money at my favorite retailers. How do you find the best online deals? What websites do you refer to on a regular basis?