Do deal sites really save you money?
Yes! You can save an amazing amount of money!
Shopping online saves you time and your sanity. But it also saves you a lot of money!
Where to find the best deals for your holiday shopping? I have changed my favorites for deal sites over the past few years.
I used to just go to my favorite sites and search their outlet or sale section. And like a good online shopper I always did a search for coupon codes for those sites.
I often would do another search for the item to see if there was a better price somewhere. I also checked some of the daily deal sites for stocking stuffers. Scrolling through all of the offerings was a bit like looking for a needle in a haystack. It took a lot of time. That was then.
This year I’m much happier with a more simple method. I found a few shortcuts to all of this and I’m happy I did!
My new favorite deal site is Brads Deals (no affiliation with any of the sites listed). It seems to have the best deals all in one place and the site is very easy to use. You just scroll through the deals, listed one at a time, until you find something you like. Easy to use and only really good deals are listed.
- The items are mainly things that would make great gifts.
- Prices range from extremely low (I saw items for $6) to the thousands of dollars level.
- Discounts can be as high as 80%, but many are around 50% off the original price.
- All discount codes are listed for you, so you need do no further research. (Super time saver!!!)
- Shipping costs and taxes are listed including any free shipping codes available.
- It often spotlights the best deal item for a particular store deal–for example, the lowest final price for a woman’s watch and for a man’s watch.
- There is an amazing variety of items from practical to luxurious.
- You can use the search box to look for a specific item or a general category. This saves time too. You won’t find as many deals in each category as only the great deals are listed. For more deals in each category, check Slick Deals and/or Fat Wallet.
Cautions for shopping at ANY deal site:
- You have to watch out that you don’t get addicted to the site. Seriously.
- A good deal from a bad retailer is still a bad deal. Know who you are dealing with. (Search for reviews if you don’t know a particular retailer.)
- You might be tempted to overspend just because you are saving so much.
- You need to figure on the shipping time for arrival in time for giving.
- If you are looking for a specific item, your chances of it being on a deal site could be small. It’s hit or miss.
- You basically have to check back every day to see what’s available.
As always, work with your holiday budget in mind. Also I remind myself that there could be better deals after the holidays if I’m looking for something for myself. Yet, the free shipping codes are mainly available during December. Hmm . . .
Two other deal sites, Slick Deals and Fat Wallet, have good reputations and are similar to each other. At each I find:
- more deals in each category
- more deals on electronic items than on Brad’s Deals
- search box saves time
- format shows more deals at a time so you can scan many items quickly
- you might get less information than at Brad’s Deals
Wishing you a less stressful shopping season! Hopefully you can get your shopping done early and then start thinking about baking!
Remember to put the Christmas music on while you wrap presents to keep it from getting too boring. Something yummy to drink helps too!
My Top 3 Deal Sites (no affiliations)