happy woman at computerBy Myscha Theriault
First, visit this site, which offers a wide range of products and thoughtfully written reviews to help customers get the best-quality inexpensive items for their hard-earned money. You can read articles in the merchandise categories to narrow down which model mattress, computer or stationary bicycle you're interested in, and see how the item stacks up against its competitors. Photo by Getty
Nextag.com and Bizrate.com
Now that you know what you want, compare prices at Nextag.com. You can search by product or category to find the online retailer offering the best discount. (Take shipping into account, though, as costs vary from seller to seller.) BizRate.com allows you to browse department store-style (for shoes, say, or home decor) and compare prices of similar items.
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Extrabux.com and Ebates.com
Next, head over to one of these cash-back sites, which return a percentage of the purchase price of whatever you buy to you. More than 2,500 retailers list on Extrabux.com, so see if your item is available here. The site also has daily coupons-and rebate plus coupon equals more savings! Ebates.com is organized by retailer, not by item, and also offers cash back and coupons.
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RetailMeNot.com and FatWallet.com
If you don't find your item at Extrabux.com or Ebates.com, do a quick search for coupons for the item you're buying or store you're purchasing from at these sites. You'll find codes, coupons and rebates for many national chains, as well as for theme park tickets and magazine subscription discounts. FatWallet.com also has a cash-back feature if you shop through it.
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You just scored the rock-bottom price. Before you hit Order, see if you can use more than one coupon code. Some retailers will let you use one for a discount and another for shipping, and others have no restrictions.
One more tip: Credit card companies' shopping portals often feature great deals with popular retailers, so price-compare at your card's website.
Original article appeared on WomansDay.com.
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