A 5-Step Plan to Finding the Best Deals Online

For those who are new to online shopping, it can seem kind of daunting trying to figure out how to find deals online. But really, it is as simple as 1,2,3… 4,5. Deals can be found all over the web; you just have to know where to look.

Here is a simple, 5-step plan for you to follow to make sure you are always finding the best deals online. These steps can be followed whether you are just looking for online deals in general, or if you are looking for a deal on a specific product.

1. Sign up for newsletters.

Sign up for specific company newsletters. Think about the companies that you shop with often. Go to their site and sign up for their newsletter. Most shopping sites have newsletter signup options. When you’re signed up for their newsletter, they will always notify you of any sales or promotions that they have going on (both in store and online). They will also periodically send you discount codes and coupons. This means savings for you!

If you are in the process of purchasing an item and you haven’t yet signed up for that company’s newsletter, this is the perfect time to do that! Almost all companies will send you a coupon immediately after you sign up for their newsletter as a way of saying thank you and inviting you to their newsletter. Sometimes these are pretty decent discounts they are sending you. So, if you’re about to purchase an item and you’re not already on their email list, quickly sign up, wait a few minutes, and see what they send you!

2. Utilize Discount Sites.

A way to save some serious money is to utilize discount sites. There are dozens of “deal of the day” type sites online. They offer some pretty powerful discounts on a lot of items and services..usually around 50-80% discounts. These sites also have newsletter options, so make sure you get signed up for their newsletters. They will send you emails and notify you of the “deal of the day.” All of these deals might not apply to you or be something that you are looking for. But when you do come across an item or service that you are in need of, you are able to take advantage of some huge savings.

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3. Use Price Finding and Price Alert tools.

There are also several price finding or price watch sites online. With the price finding sites you use their tools to search for an item you are looking for. Their tools will crawl the web and search for the lowest prices on that particular item. What a great tool!

The price watch/price alert tools work a little bit differently. With them, you tell them an item you are looking for, and a specific price range you would like to find that item for. They will watch the web and then notify you if and when your item becomes available for that price. Pretty cool!

4. Search for discounts on specific items.

Another way to find discounts for specific items is to just do a simple search for it in the search engines and see what you find. Google Shopping Results is a great resource to use for this. It has Google’s comprehensive results, but narrowed into shopping results.

Another way to do this is to search by model number. This will give you very specific, product-specific results. Once you’ve found the specific product you want on a site, find the model number. Then do a search for that model number, and see what price you are able to find it at.

5. Search for website coupon codes.

Let’s say you are purchasing a product that can only be found at one particular site, or you are shopping at a site that you trust and you don’t want to go somewhere else. Then another thing you can do is search for coupon codes for that specific site. Just type in a company’s name, and then add “coupon,” “discount,” or “promo” code. What will result is several sites that have compiled discount codes from across the web. They don’t always work, but a lot of times they do. It’s always worth trying, because when they do work they’re a great way to save money.

Nicole writes for StarReviews.com where she covers online shopping tips and tricks.

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