Great deals come and go, and often without our even knowing! We don’t want to fill our inbox up with constant e-mails from Kate Spade, Zulily and Groupon – but sometimes it’s the only way we hear about fantastic deals.
Some of these websites will e-mail you almost daily, but it may be far more worth your while to actually visit the website. The e-mails might not show you all they great deals. Instead, they’ll just show one or two “featured” deals. I’ve made a list of sites that will save you money in the long run – but there’s a catch! You have to add them to your bookmarks and check them daily. Checking these sites will only take you about 5-10 minutes unless you get really involved.
I’ll tell you a little rule of thumb I like to implement. If there is something I really want but don’t necessarily need, I like to give myself at least a week to think it over. I’ll start to check these websites, because more than likely at least something similar is going to go on sale. If I still want it by the end of the week, then I probably found a good deal for it! If I don’t still want it then that money stays with me.
It’s all just money in the bank, baby.
I don’t think I can gush about this website enough. If you love to travel and live in/near a major U.S. city, you should be checking this website every day. I do. I check it several times per day because I’m obsessed with travel.
The Flight Deal is not a third-party travel agency. They find mistake/highly discounted fares posted by various airlines and will make a post about it. The post will tell you how to get the fare and when you would need to fly to get the discounted price.
I am flying to Switzerland direct from Boston for $450 thanks to The Flight Deal. If they hadn’t posted this amazing deal, I wouldn’t be going on this epic vacation. I have told everyone I know about this website, and they all have had great experiences (if they’ve used the site).
I can almost guarantee that you know about Ebates, but if you have yet to open an account, you need to do that today. If you are an online-shopper of any caliber you are throwing your money out the door if you don’t use this website.
You don’t buy anything from Ebates. All they do is provide you with a link to the website you want to buy from (let’s say Sephora), and the actual shopping trip is tracked via Ebates. They tell you what percentage cash back you will get, and after a few days it’s calculated into your balance. That’s it -there’s nothing more to it. They will send you a check quarterly right in the mail.
I used Ebates for my Black Friday shopping in 2016. Out of the $600 or so that I purchased that day for Christmas, I am getting about $60 back next month. That’s $60 I wouldn’t have seen if I had done my Christmas shopping in the store. Best part is, I can stay at home in yoga pants and drink wine with my dog instead of leaving the house! Now that’s what I call a good day.
This is a newer find for me, and boy, is it amazing. Slickdeals will send you e-mails, although they don’t cover the broad array of deals that they have on any given day. I like to personally groom through the deals because they really do have it all; board games, clothes, electronics, beauty – you name it!
It operates a bit like The Flight Deal except it’s for goods and user-built. People find the best deal possible on the internet and then they tell others about it. How’s that for teamwork?
Brad’s Deals is much like Slickdeals, but I would tend to say that it’s a bit more female-oriented. I find that there are more women’s clothing, home decor and bedding items on Brad’s Deals.
One thing that sets Brad’s Deals above the others is that their e-mails are more insightful than the other websites I’m listing here. The e-mail will give you a better idea of the variety of what they offer.
Unlike Ebates, Brad’s Deals won’t give you any cash back, but you can usually take some money off the top. It’s the same thing, really.
You’re probably familiar with their “Today’s Deals” section, but are you familiar with their “Warehouse Deals”? This is a newer find for me as well, and I don’t know where it’s been for my entire life.
The items you’ll find in their “Warehouse Deals” section are open-box items. Don’t let that frighten you! You still are going to get Amazon’s great customer service with these items if there is an issue with an item. Amazon labels their items in terms of the condition they are in. You will be able to find many “new” and “like new” items there.
Not finding exactly what you’re looking for? The “Today’s Deals” are always a good bet as well, even if you don’t consistently find what you want. I saw a huge box of Prismacolor Colored Pencils today for $50! I paid $120 (which was 50% off) last year for the same box, so this is an incredible deal.
So there you have it – five websites I check religiously! Are any of these new to you? Have one you’d like me to check out? Let me know in the comments below, I’d love to hear your thoughts!