December 6, 2016
After Black Friday and Cyber Monday, consumers are left with a few sporadic sales leading up to the holidays. But because most of us a procrastinators and late sleepers, we still have gifts to purchase for those friends and family members still on our list. Unfortunately, when it comes to getting the best price, the early bird gets the worm. However, there are several sites that make it easier for us to get the best price possible.
Though Amazon is home to some great deals, there are few native options for tracking price changes that could make all the difference. Then there are the other standard retail sites, and almost every single one of them will have a promo box at some point in the checkout process. Regardless of where you buy online, these six sites will ensure you get the best deal.
CamelCamelCamel is by far my favorite site for checking deals on Amazon. All you have to do is sync your Amazon account and add something to your wishlist or cart. Then, the site will automatically setup alerts that let you know when the price changes. Back on their site, you can see a historical price chart that shows when the item hit its lowest price, and occasionally find patterns for when they may go back on sale.
Before you checkout, always look for a promo code. With Retail Me Not (or one of the dozen similar sites), do a quick search for the site you are buying from and see if there is a site-wide promo code or other special discounts. This also works well for food delivery services, so keep that in mind next time you order out.
You’ve probably seen ads for it, and you likely know a bunch of friends who are already using it. Ebates is essentially a rewards program similar to what you might use in a grocery store, but rather works almost everywhere you buy online. By buying through Ebates, you’ll get cash back towards each purchase.
Ever wish there were a place that listed the best promotions in one place? Using a visual forum system, SlickDeals features the latest promotions across some of the largest retail sites. For example you can pop over to find Best Buy has a buy 2 get 1 free promotion running on games right now. SlickDeals uses a crowdsourced system to find the best deals on the Web.
Similar to Ebates, Plenti is a rewards program that works at several locations like gas stations and AT&T, but are noticeably more limited. Once you hit a point threshold, you’ll get access to special discounts.
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