Do you like to shop around and find deals? If so, you’re not alone. Plenty of busy moms like ourselves use deals to save cash and free up other expenses. But, finding deals online can sometimes feel like a drag. More so if you’re not sure where to look in the first place. Fortunately, these three tips can help turn your deal hunting sessions into a success. Try them out and see what you think.
#1 – Apps
Deal apps are becoming increasingly popular now consumers are embracing mobile shopping. If you’re sat with a smartphone in hand or next to you, there is a high chance you use apps already. So why not keep one on your homescreen to find deals online?
Apps free up time by keeping everything up to date and in one easy place. For example, Groupon.com organizes deals both locally and internationally. They also organize deals based on what you’re searching for and your budget, much like most deal-finding apps. RetailMeNot is another sleek alternative, which also checks for cash back options. The best thing is most of these apps are free to use too. Some of the paid ones are worth the cash you save too.
You should be able to find a list of the top rated apps online. Otherwise, a quick search in the app store will bring up plenty of options. We’d recommend taking a look through a few to see which you prefer.
#2 – Websites
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Using deal-finding websites might feel like an obvious start. But you’d be surprised how many Google searches result in endless scrolling. Instead, try using a website dedicated to searching for deals and nothing else.
Take Finder.com, for example. They look for deals in all kinds of areas, from clothing and tech, to food and drink. So, instead of roaming the Google results, you could type into their search bar to save time. You’ll find most deal finding websites work in this way. So, if you’re after something general, finding a deal should be a doddle.
If you’re looking for offers in a niche market, then choose something specialized. Say you’re looking for online games such as Bingo, but want to know of any sign-up bonuses or which deals could save you money. Sites like Bonus Finder.com could be a better option, because they search the net for the most appealing online casino deals, rather than everything and anything in between. The same can be said for other niche markets too, like cars, holidays, and home insurance.
#3 – Email
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Okay, from the not so obvious to the more obscure. Nowhere near as many people sign up to a deal finding email list as they should. Why? Well, it just isn’t the easiest option, and not everybody feels like giving their email address out to just anybody.
If you’re not signed up to a deal finding email list, we’d recommend you do. Set up a new email address specifically for opting in to marketing emails or other deal finding mailing lists. Because sometimes, you don’t know you needed a deal until it drops into your inbox.
Money Saving Expert’s email list is one of the most popular right now. If you’re signed up, you’ll receive weekly emails full of offers in various areas. It’s a completely free service to use and can cover everything from energy bills to cell phone contracts. Naturally, there are other options available too, and even niche mail-out lists much like the websites we mentioned earlier. After all, why always go out to find something when it can come to you? Check to see if the deal website or service you use has a mailing list. Occasionally some offers are saved exclusively for subscribers.
There’s a certain fun to being thrifty that not everybody gets. That’s fine, but if you’re an avid deal finder, take these three tips and see if they save you both time and stress. The opportunities are all out there, it’s just about playing it smart to find them.