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Frugal Hacks for Online Shopping

Wish you could score great deals without having to clip coupons or hunt through clearance racks? These websites, apps and plug-ins offer an easy way to save money when you shop. Plus, you won’t even have to visit a store to use them. Instead, you can shop from the comfort of home or on your smartphone to get the best prices on the stuff you need when it’s convenient for you.

Start using these frugal online shopping hacks today. They’re easy to download or install for a simple, streamlined way to detect deals.


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If you love shopping on Amazon but hate how the prices fluctuate unpredictably, then Camelcamelcamel is the solution you’ve been searching for. This website lets you know when an Amazon product falls within your budget. The main feature is a product tracker. Just enter the product you want and the price you’d like to pay. If the price drops below that threshold, you’ll get an alert via email, Twitter or RSS feed.

If you’re not sure what prices you can reasonably expect for certain products, use Camelcamelcamel’s price history chart, which shows you the price variations on any product for the last 18 months. This website also lets you import your entire Amazon wish list with a single click. Just create an account at camelcamelcamel.com and you’ll be able to access this unique feature.

If you want to be able to check out price history charts without leaving the Amazon product page or opening a new tab, just download the Camelizer browser add-on. It works with Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome, and you can also use it to track price histories for other websites, like Best Buy and Newegg.

Honey

There always seem to be great coupons and promo codes floating around online, but tracking them down can be frustrating. Fortunately, Honey has come up with a simple solution. When you download their browser add-on, you’ll be able to click on a single button to search for online coupon codes.

Honey automatically detects which retailer’s website you’re using. Then, it searches all over the web to look for codes that apply for that store. And unlike similar services, Honey actually tries out any codes it finds and will let you know whether they are eligible or not. The add-on will apply any eligible coupon codes to your online shopping cart and tell you how much you can save if you choose to complete your purchase.

If you’re an avid online shopper, you’ll also enjoy Honey’s shopping cart feature. This lets you save your checkout information in the app in order to streamline online purchases. You can add anything you want to buy to your Honey shopping cart and the add-on will use your checkout info to complete the purchase for you. Of course, it will also search for promo codes so you’re getting the best deal possible. Currently, Honey is available for Chrome and Firefox.

PriceGrabber

Are you prone to impulse buying when you’re in stores? PriceGrabber helps you make sure you’re not getting overcharged for the products you just can’t resist. Available as an app for iPhone, iPad and Android, users can instantly compare prices on millions of products. To make things even easier, the app uses your phone or tablet’s camera feature to easily capture the bar code on any product. If you don’t want to use the bar code scanner, just search for the product by typing in the name.

Once you search with a bar code or by typing in a name, you’ll instantly see how much other retailers are charging for the same item – PriceGrabber checks both brick-and-mortar stores and online retailers. It will even include tax and shipping costs so that you can see the true price for each retailer. Plus, PriceGrabber will bring up product reviews so you can make informed purchases every time.

If you’re not ready to buy, just save the item to your Favorites list. You can set a price alert to see when your desired price is met, or just come back later when you’re ready to make a purchase and get the best deal.

Even if you don’t have a smartphone, you can use PriceGrabber.com to search for products online and compare prices. The website also links to shopping guides and lets you check out the best weekly special, available coupon codes and the top searches. The Favorites list and price alert features are also available if you register on PriceGrabber’s website.

These are just a few of the great online shopping tools that can help lead you to the best deals available. Whether you’re saving up for a big purchase or trying to find a great deal on a gift for a loved one, using these frugal online shopping hacks can help you save money every time you buy online.


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