When you’re on a mission to buy something, what’s the first thing you do? Most of us will either google it, ask friends, or call a local retailer. But you may not be getting the best deals. Here are 3 easy ways to get yourself better deals on must-have products.
- Rather than doing a direct search for the product, for example, “Nikon XJ70″, try adding terms like “discounts,” “deals,” and “coupons” to your search. Odds are there will be a large number of sites with flashy headlines that offer unbelievable deals on whatever you searched for. Don’t be fooled by every listing. Not all will actually have valid links. But most of the time coupon codes and cost reducing links can be found, you may just have to do a little digging. Sometimes it can be helpful to search the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th pages of Google results for great deals swimming under the surface. This doesn’t always work, but I have found it worthwhile, and it takes very little time, so I continue to do it.
- Another sure fire way to find products you love for discounted prices is to do a search on Craigslist and eBay. Depending on how fast you need the product, if it’s not available or it’s not the price you’re looking for, check back over the next few days and it will probably appear. Craigslist and eBay have notoriously fast inventory turnover and sometimes what you’re looking for is there one day and gone the next, or vice versa. I’ve found Craigslist to be one of the most useful websites for little things that enhance life, yet you don’t necessarily want to pay full price for. I’ve purchased discounted computer speakers, snowboards, golf clubs, and even passes to the top of Half Dome on Craigslist. It’s amazing what you can find when people are in a crunch and need to sell fast.
- The all powerful and consuming daily deals (that are everywhere on the net right now) can offer huge discounts and savings. Daily deal providers like Groupon, LivingSocial, Pinchit, and about 30,000 others I don’t care to name are quickly taking over the deal and coupon market. What’s nice about daily deals is the aspect of discovery; you just never know what type of cool deal is going to be offered next. I’ve purchased discounted tickets to local museums, 50% off my tab at restaurants, even in-door rock climbing training sessions. If you have a smart phone, you can also easily download these company’s applications and get great deals delivered to your phone.
These are just three ways, there are others out there. Let us know YOU’RE FAVORITE methods of saving money!