With the start of the holiday season just a couple of weeks away, now is the time to put together a game plan for shopping strategies for Black Friday and beyond. Many of us prefer to avoid fighting in store crowds and take advantage of the convenience and money-saving deals offered from online shipping. But how do you know whether or not you are getting the best deal possible? Well, over the last years, price comparison websites and shopping apps have been introduced making it easy for people to get what they want at the lowest price. Here are 10 websites and apps you can use to help save yourself precious time and money when shopping for gifts this holiday season.
Gathering data from all around the web, Google Shopping allows you to search for a specific product and compare prices from different vendors. Results are straightforward and automatically show the lowest available price. You also have the option of setting your search options for used or refurbished items.
camelcamelcamel is a free Amazon price tracker that helps you find the lowest deals when holiday shopping at the leading online marketplace. By adding the camelizer, the price-tracking browser add-on for Firefox, Google Chrome, or Safari, you can view price history charts without leaving retailer product pages. Additional tools include Camel Concierge for price watch alerts via email or twitter and Wishlist Sychronization for price watches on all products you still covet.
These self-described “expert deal-hunters” have been helping online shoppers find the best deals on products, travel and even education since 1999. Very similar to Google Shopping, NexTag sends out email alerts if you sign up to notify that a price for a product you’re interested in has dropped. The website is also transparent when it comes to disclosing information about the trustworthiness of sellers.
As the name suggests, ShopSavvy is an app that helps you make smarter purchases. Simply scan the barcode of a product you want to buy (in store or from a magazine), and ShopSavvy tracks price changes for you. Users can also sign up for Purch Perks to earn cash back on purchases and get coupons.
BuyVia is a price comparison app that will be especially useful if your holiday shopping list is peppered with tech gadgets. It tones down befuddling tech lingo so you understand why a particular digital product is worth buying. You can search for the lowest price on products by using the name, part number or scanning barcodes and request email alerts when a price on an item drops.
If your holiday gift-buying list includes a child or pet-child, TTPM (Toys ,Tots, Pets, & More) is the app for you. Users scan barcodes to compare prices, look up product reviews, and find the products they want on major ecommerce websites. Other helpful features include the bookmark to easily locate a previously viewed product and profiles for your kids to keep track of birthday and gift ideas.
While not exactly geared to help you price compare before buying, the Walmart Savings Catcher should be on your holiday shopping app line up this season. Scan your Walmart receipt to see if an item you just bought is offered for less at a local competitor and get the difference back on a Walmart gift card.
BlackFriday.fm is an all-in-one site where you can find the best Black Friday deals, promos and ad scans from retailers such as Best Buy, Toys “R” Us, Target, Walmart, Macy's, Home Depot, and more. Stay ahead of the pack by accessing leaked ad scans, creating your own wish list, and price comparing straight through Cyber Monday. You can save even more time and money by using the BlackFriday.fm app here from the iTunes Store and here from the Google Play Store.
This nifty app helps you keep track of the tornado of coupons that will be coming your way straight through the beginning of 2017. Use it to find local circular deals with coupons from your favorite brands. The shopping list feature will allow you to plan ahead and stay organized.
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The Shopular app lets you know about the best deals from major retailers while customizing notifications. An added perk that sets Shopular apart from the rest is its coupon-tracking feature, which lets you redeem coupons right from your phone. You can even earn cash back through the app, which can used to reward yourself for a job well done once you are finished holiday deals shopping.
We will leave you with some useful tips for a successful online deals shopping experience this Black Friday. Start your research early so you have a set game plan. You’ll also pick up on retailers who start Black Friday deals up to 2 weeks before schedule. Bookmark and pin the products you want to buy and most importantly, be sure to take advantage of price comparison alerts and email notifications that apps and websites send out. Lastly, set a budget – with deals this good, the temptation is there to stray from your list and buy “all the things.”