Now that the expensive Christmas period is over, we’re thrust straight into the summer holiday period when the kids are off school and we have to spend extra cash on holidays. Chances are you’re looking to save money wherever you can, and shopping online is one of the best ways to do so. If you’ve got some tips on how to save money using online tools, please let us know in the comments section below. Otherwise, check out our three favorite advanced deal tracking tools…
1. Email Alerts and Subscriptions
There are several sites to be found that gather and publish the vouchers, deals and coupons to be found online. The great thing is that the majority of them also have an email alert system, so that you can have them sent to you (instead of hunting them down). Promo Codes is one such site to consider: it has a large data base of coupons and is very targeted.
Also, if you do a lot of online shopping and (like the rest of us) resent the high shipping fees, we recommend you make an account at FreeShipping.org. Here you can organize alerts about your favorite sites and products, keeping up to date with any relevant free shipping/reduced shipping/shipping deals…
2. Twitter and Seesmic Saving Tools
Twitter is a fantastic tool for keeping up to date on all kinds of news, before most of the other online sources such as Google News catch a sniff of it (word of mouth is lightening fast!). There are tons of people tweeting about online savings, coupons and competitions (including Madame Deals!), but if you’re already following a number of people through your account then they can get lost in the chaos. We recommend you use Seesmic, which is an application that helps you access twitter in a much more controlled way. After installing Adobe AIR so that Seesmic works, put your online bargain hunters into a twitter ‘list’ and check their updates each day. Alternatively, use it to search for new online deals through the use of keywords…
…which are then saved under ‘searches’ which you can see on the left hand side. You can then tell Seesmic to alert you whenever a new tweet is posted that matches those search terms. You can do this by going to ‘settings’ > ‘notifications’ > tick ‘notify about new search results’. Just delete any search terms that you don’t want to be alerted for…
3. FireFox Browser: The Bargain Hunter’s Friend
FireFox gained notoriety quite a few years ago when it began giving Internet surfers the ability to download ‘add-ons’. These were features added to the browser that provided a unique function, and there are now thousands to choose from. Our favorite is this one and is essentially an add-on that has a huge, up-to-date catalog of online deals, and it subtly notifies you of any available deals while you are browsing the online store.
This means you don’t have to check up to see which stores are carrying the deals before you visit them, you can browse according to your tastes instead, and have a much more enjoyable, personalized online shopping experience (that’s still cheap!). Begin by doing a search for RetailMeNot, installing it and restarting FireFox…
Plus FYI Madame Deals looks the best when viewed from Firefox! If you are using Internet Explorer, you will see a big difference on how Madame Deals looks in other browsers.
Please drop us a comment if you’ve got any useful tools for finding the latest online shopping deals!
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