Finding the Best Deals When You Shop

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Whether you’re shopping for loved ones or yourself, today is all about helping you find the best deals!

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In this episode we cover:

  • How to find the perfect gift for your friends and family. Learn how to match up presents with personalities by following as I come up with the perfect gift for my husband.
  • Ray from Squirrelers is on the show today to share his story about getting discounts on big ticket items. You may be surprised at how easy it can be if you know what and how to ask.
  • How to score the best price when you shop, whether it’s in the stores or online.

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Finding the Best Deal on Big Ticket Items Quickly and Easily

Whether you love to explore the stores or stay at home when you shop, we’re all looking for a great deal. To find those treasures usually means we have to do some digging around, especially if you’re trying to pick up a big ticket item.

You don’t want to have buyer’s remorse after paying with your hard earned money. But I know time is an issue for many people, so I’ll just cut to the chase and give you two sites help you quickly find what you’re looking for at a great price – Consumer Reports and Amazon.

Consumer Reports – Reliable Reviews

Consumerreports. org is the resource when you’re looking to buy. They are the best when it comes to testing the quality and reliability of products. It’s probably the easiest way for you to find a product that what will give you the biggest bang for your buck.

You do have to be a subscriber to get access to all their information online, but for $30/year it really does pay for itself.

We’ve used them when we were car shopping and were able to narrow down our choices to four models, allowing us to feel pretty confident when shopping because we knew which cars would be a good fit for us and had a reputation of being reliable.

Besides that huge purchase, we used the site to shop for a digital camera and it was incredibly useful.

Consumer Reports does a fantastic job on not just describing options, but explaining the pros and cons of different features. Advertisers love to throw different features and specs, hoping to entice you, but you can tell if they really matter or not. Consumer Reports made that easier for us.

Amazon – Price Hunting Made Simple

Amazon’s power from their huge amount of products and  reviews.You can quickly see from other customers if certain complaints or raves are deal breakers or makers for you.

With some many sellers on the site, you also have the bonus of having a fairly good idea of what prices you can expect to pay.  With the numbers in mind or on your phone, you’re now ready to check out local stores and see if they will price match the deals you see online at the least or give you a better discount. Like Ray showed, you never know until you ask.

You may find it’s cheaper to stick with Amazon too.

Finding Best Deals Online

Of course, there are plenty of websites to help you find deals. Kiplinger compiled a list of the top 15 deal sites to help you get a great price the next time you shop.

If you have any other tips, please leave them in the comments!

Photo Credit: Matthias Ripp

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