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How to Use the Internet to Save Money

28th May 2013

We’re all looking for a good deal, and the Internet is a great way to find one.  It used to be that you would have to drive around to several different stores or call around to compare product prices or in more recent times browse through multiple websites.  Now we have the luxury of comparing prices for products or services from one place with the number of comparison sites or money saving blogs now available.

The Internet is a big place and there are a lot of different deal and comparison sites out there.  These websites are extremely valuable when looking for the best deals online.  Here are some tips for using comparison sites to help save money when shopping online.

  1. What exactly do you want to buy?  Do your research and narrow it down to one or two particular products.  Write down the model name, SKU, manufacturers ID, and any other information you can find.  That will make it easier to find the exact product you want on the deal websites.
  2. Price comparison sites.  Check at least two different price comparison websites; some will compare more products than others. After finding the product you want, read store reviews from the company selling it to make sure they are a reputable company.
  3. Find the best deal websites.  All deal websites are not created equal.  Do research, read reviews, and find out which deal websites get the best reviews.
  4. Groupon.  One deal site that definitely works is Groupon.  You can find amazing deals and save up to 75% on your purchases.
  5. Discount Travel.  Save money on your trips by using discount travel websites.  Save money on flights, hotels, and car rentals.  If you are willing to travel outside of the peak season, you can find even more amazing deals.  Another benefit is that you can read reviews from actual customers before you book your trip.
  6. Sign up for email notifications.  We’re all busy and even though we love to save money, we can’t spend every hour on the Internet looking for deals.  Set up an email alert for your favorite deal website so that you won’t miss out on great deals.
  7. Printable Coupons.  There are many websites that offer printable coupons.  When you combine them with local deals, you can save a lot of money.  You can even go to the manufacturer’s site directly to print coupons.  Sometimes you can also sign up to receive coupons by mail or email.
  8. Second Hand Websites.  There are a lot of websites out there where you can buy used products.  Gently used items can be in great shape and will cost you much less.  Research the different sites in your area and set up a search notification if there is a particular item you’re interested in.
  9. Get your local shop to price match. If you don’t want to wait for an item to get shipped to you, simply take your mobile phone with you to a shop and show them a deal online and ask them to price match – this works the majority of the time.

It’s a lot easier these days to save money and invest in your future.  Deal websites and other offers online can help you save money and reach your financial goals.  With a little extra work you can have a lot more money in your savings account.

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