bargain deals http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/12782/all en-US All the Savings Under the Sun: 12 Essential Daily Deal Sites http://www.wisebread.com/all-the-savings-under-the-sun-12-essential-daily-deal-sites <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/all-the-savings-under-the-sun-12-essential-daily-deal-sites" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/shopping-5306104-small.jpg" alt="online shopping" title="online shopping" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>In recent years, daily deals and daily deal sites have been booming with opportunities for serious city-centric savings. More than ever, these sites make it easy for the savvy online shopper to get the price cuts and deals they so crave. Here are the essential sites that host the best and most exciting daily deals. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/getting-the-most-out-of-daily-deal-sites">Get the Most Out of Daily Deal Sites</a>)</p> <h2>Groupon</h2> <p>The daily deal trailblazer, <a href="http://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-2822544-10817658" target="_blank">Groupon</a> corners the market on all-around deal coverage. Save on practically every service you can imagine with Groupon &mdash; from fixing your car to fixing your golf swing. And not only is Groupon super useful, it's easy to use and the descriptions are informative with a witty edge.</p> <h2>Living Social</h2> <p>The marketplace to share and buy at bargain prices, <a href="http://www.jdoqocy.com/click-2822544-11399177?sid=981709" target="_blank">Living Social</a> seeks to share the best deals in every city. It's simple to use and easy to share, with referral discounts and lots of daily savings.</p> <h2>Eversave</h2> <p><a href="http://eversave.evyy.net/c/27771/18027/788">Eversave</a> not only boasts daily deals, but also includes printable coupons, an app, a blog, and a partnership program for writers and fellow online aficionados. Eversave is also great for people who like to patronize the same site for their deals. Stick with Eversave, and they'll gift you with priority on deals, specials, discounts, and loyalty benefits.</p> <h2>Plum District</h2> <p><a href="http://partner.plumdistrict.com/c/27771/61768/924">Plum District</a> offers daily deals for families, and specifically for moms who appreciate a great deal. From crafting to travel, Plum District is a community-conscious, chic, search-friendly site for active families in every area.</p> <h2>Amazon Local</h2> <p>The Amazon we know and love also does daily deals. Meet <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/local/deals/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=amznlocal-20">Amazon Local</a>, the friendliest deal site with exclusive deals for every city. With easy shipping and lots of ways to share daily deals, Amazon Local is truly a way to connect to your city's best deals and hidden treasures.</p> <h2>Gilt City</h2> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="http://track.flexlinks.com/a.aspx?foid=46681427&amp;fot=9999&amp;foc=1" target="_blank">Gilt City</a> is an &quot;insider's&quot; daily deal site, and promises that you'll get the finest, most exclusive offers and memorable adventures that will make you fall in love with your city all over again. Sound good, especially paired with that $25 credit when you refer a friend. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/discount-luxury-save-50-or-more-on-5-fabulous-substitutions">Discount Luxury</a>)</p> <h2>Dealchicken</h2> <p><a href="http://www.jdoqocy.com/click-2822544-11036749" target="_blank">Dealchicken</a> has deep savings on everything from electronics to golf. Dealchicken has an upbeat design and an interface that shows how much you've saved on each deal, and how to quickly redeem and share.</p> <h2>Ethicaldeal</h2> <p><a href="http://www.tkqlhce.com/click-2822544-10917217" target="_blank">Ethicaldeal</a> isn't your average daily deal site; it strives to bring you deals and help the earth. With &quot;making green mainstream&quot; as its slogan, Ethicaldeal assists buyers in making greener choices by offering discounts on lots of incredible, eco-friendly services. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/green-websites-that-save-and-make-you-money">26 Green Websites That Save You Money</a>)</p> <h2>Mamasource by Mamapedia</h2> <p><a href="http://www.jdoqocy.com/click-2822544-10829050" target="_blank">Mamasource</a> is a network of moms from around the country who host daily deals to make parenthood easier on the wallet. With an emphasis on customer service, Mamasource offers lots of help and returns, plus unique deals up 90% off retail prices.</p> <h2>Groopdealz</h2> <p><a href="http://groopdealz.evyy.net/c/27771/22698/918">Groopdealz</a> functions a lot like Etsy with simple, readable deals every day, often from local and independent buyers. The site corners the market on crafty, featuring jewelry, clothes, and home goods with a unique flair. Free shipping on some items makes Groopdealz all the more buyer-friendly. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/fine-art-makes-fine-gifts">Fine Art Makes Fine Gifts</a>)</p> <h2>Half Off Depot</h2> <p>With an emphasis on social, entertainment and adventure deals, <a href="http://www.halfoffdepot.com/" target="_blank">Half Off Depot</a> is the place to go if you want to explore your city! A friendly interface and searchable by city or activity, Half Off Depot will make any day more fun&hellip;on the cheap!</p> <h2>Moolala.com</h2> <p><a href="http://www.moolala.com/">Moolala</a> offers an exciting deal from a local or online merchants straight to your inbox, every day. Each deal saves 50%-90% off the product or service's retail price, which means you've got money to spend on the next day's awesome deal.</p> <p><em>What are your favorite daily deal sites?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/rebecca-leib">Rebecca Leib</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/all-the-savings-under-the-sun-12-essential-daily-deal-sites">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-online-stores-with-surprisingly-great-clothing-deals">8 Online Stores With Surprisingly Great Clothing Deals</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-shop-a-beginners-guide">How to Shop: A Beginner&#039;s Guide</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/discount-designer-clothing-17-places-to-get-name-brands-for-less">Discount Designer Clothing: 17 Places to Get Name Brands for Less</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-amazon-deal-hacks-you-may-not-already-know">16 Amazon Deal Hacks You May Not Already Know</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-find-the-best-stuff-at-homegoods">How to Find the Best Stuff at HomeGoods</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Deals and Coupons Shopping bargain deals buying local daily deals discount shopping online shopping Mon, 09 Sep 2013 09:37:19 +0000 Rebecca Leib 981709 at http://www.wisebread.com Smart Shopping: Guide to Researching a Purchase http://www.wisebread.com/smart-shopping-guide-to-researching-a-purchase <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/smart-shopping-guide-to-researching-a-purchase" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/dutch shopping.jpg" alt="Girls with shopping cart" title="Time to Shop" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>So you're in the market for a new purchase and you want to make sure you buy the &quot;right one&quot;? You've come to the right place &mdash; whether you're looking for a new pair of shoes, a fancy laptop, or a new cell phone carrier, this guide will help you make the right decision. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/bargain-shopping-101">Bargain Shopping 101</a>)</p> <p>It all boils down to a simple, two-step process: find the right fit, and get a killer deal.</p> <h2>Find the Right Fit</h2> <p>Finding the right fit means finding the right purchase for you. You can always search for &quot;top X products&quot; or &quot;best products for X,&quot; but none of it matters because what's good for everyone else isn't necessarily good for you.</p> <p>If we&rsquo;re talking about a camera, then what kind of camera are you looking for? Something to take pictures of cheetahs? Of panoramas? Of bats in the night?&nbsp;You need to do a little digging beyond just saying &ldquo;I want a camera because...because I want a camera.&rdquo;</p> <p>In order to figure out the reasons, you need to know what each product brings to the table. In the case of a tablet, are you an iOS person? Are you gonna watch movies? Will you use it only where you already have Wi-Fi? These answers will help you determine which model, brand, and version of a product you should watch out for. If it helps, break out your Excel skills to create an easy-to-read comparison.</p> <p>So how do you find the right fit? Start by asking the pros.</p> <h3>Find the Experts</h3> <p>Thanks to the Internet, this is fairly easy. If you have friends who know more about tablets, shoes, or whatever it is, then ask them first &mdash; a trusted opinion is worth its weight in gold. I see people using Facebook and Twitter very effectively to get this kind of feedback.</p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/index.htm">Consumer Reports</a> is another great place to start, but I like getting a little more specific. For example, if I&rsquo;m looking into a tech product, I know that <a target="_blank" href="http://www.cnet.com/">CNET</a> and <a href="http://www.engadget.com/">Engadget</a> are the best places to get an in-depth review of a product's benefits and shortcomings.&nbsp;If I want to find the perfect book, then <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/">Amazon</a> and <a target="_blank" href="http://www.goodreads.com/">Goodreads</a> are the places to find it.&nbsp;Movies? <a target="_blank" href="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/">Rotten Tomatoes</a> and...<a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/">Amazon</a> again.</p> <h3>A Word About Amazon</h3> <p>Two of the reasons Amazon is so helpful are its scale and its technology. Because so many people use the site, you can get a good idea about how the rest of the world feels about a product.</p> <p>As for Amazon's technology, it&rsquo;s always intersting to see what other items people bought, viewed, or bought along with that product. The amount of data is fascinating but also valid enough to give you just the right amount of insight you need &mdash; finding what's right for you becomes infinitely easier.</p> <h2>Get the Killer Deal</h2> <p>Now that you know what you want to buy, it's time to talk money. And that means finding the right price.&nbsp;There are a few strategies you can use to get the best deal.</p> <h3>Patience Is a Virtue</h3> <p>Visit sites like <a target="_blank" href="http://www.fatwallet.com">Fatwallet</a> and <a target="_blank" href="http://slickdeals.net/">Slickdeals</a> to benefit from professional dealseekers who are passionate about finding a deal. These people are deal savants, and if there&rsquo;s a way for you to buy something for $1.53 less, this is where to find it.</p> <p>If you're willing to hold out and wait until what you want goes on sale, this method will pay off...eventually.</p> <h3>Read the Cards</h3> <p>Check to see what kind of benefits your credit card offers. If you get cash back or points or some kind of bonus, make sure you factor that into the equation. One of my cards, for example, gives me 6% cash back at the grocery store. How does that help? Well, my local grocery store sells gift cards for just about anything &mdash; from Apple to Southwest Airlines.</p> <p>How does 6% off a flight to Vegas sound?</p> <p>Another card I own has certain cash back deals at specific merchants. So during specified times, I can get a certain percent off at those stores, too. If my timing is right, I can get a price no one else can.</p> <h3>Know the Code</h3> <p>If you aren't using <a target="_blank" href="http://www.retailmenot.com/">Retailmenot</a>, then get with the program. Before you check out, make sure you check them for any coupons or promotional codes. If nothing comes up, put Google to work for you and run a search for &quot;your product deal&quot; or &quot;online merchant promo code&quot; to exhaust all the possiblities.</p> <p>Most of the time, there's a way to knock a few dollars of the price.</p> <h2>Go Forth and Shop</h2> <p>If you have any great tools to either find the right product for you or get a discount on price, please share them in comments to make sure this guide remains as ultimate as it can be!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carlos-portocarrero">Carlos Portocarrero</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/smart-shopping-guide-to-researching-a-purchase">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/discount-designer-clothing-17-places-to-get-name-brands-for-less">Discount Designer Clothing: 17 Places to Get Name Brands for Less</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ultimate-gift-guide-thoughtful-ideas-for-every-list-and-every-budget">Ultimate Gift Guide: Thoughtful Ideas for Every List and Every Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-electric-blankets">The 5 Best Electric Blankets</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-6-best-lawn-mowers">The 6 Best Lawn Mowers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-fabric-softeners">The 5 Best Fabric Softeners</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping bargain deals buying guide product research Wed, 28 Nov 2012 10:36:45 +0000 Carlos Portocarrero 955736 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Buy Like a Pro at Country Auctions http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-buy-like-a-pro-at-country-auctions <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-buy-like-a-pro-at-country-auctions" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/auctioneer.jpg" alt="Auctioneer" title="Auctioneer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="147" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>To the uninitiated, auctions can be intimidating. When you combine big crowds, a fast-talking auctioneer, a jumble of items, and a competitive atmosphere, it&rsquo;s easy to lose your cool. Country auctions, in particular, have a more informal feel and dynamic pace than the auctions we typically see portrayed on TV or in the movies. Forget the high-brow auctioneer with his gavel presenting one item at a time to a somber crowd seated in padded chairs. Country and small-town auctions are loud, social, fast-paced, competitive, and &mdash; once you get used to them &mdash; a lot of fun. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-buy-all-that-stuff-the-police-seize-and-its-cheap">Police Auctions: How to Buy All the Stuff Police Seize</a>)</p> <p>Here are a few tips and tricks to help first-timers get their bearings in the auction world and score some great deals in the process.</p> <h2>Go for It</h2> <p>Don&rsquo;t be intimidated by the maddening crowd or fast pace of the auction; dive right in. Once you have your bidder number, don&rsquo;t be afraid to use it. Hold you number high and clear when you&rsquo;re ready to bid, and if the auction staff doesn&rsquo;t notice you at first, give a little shout.</p> <h2>Be Committed</h2> <p>Don&rsquo;t bid if you aren&rsquo;t serious about scoring the item. Bidding just for the fun of it only drives up the final price for someone else.</p> <h2>Keep Your Cool</h2> <p>Don&rsquo;t jump the gun and bid at the first figure the auctioneer throws out. Auctioneers often start out high to see if there&rsquo;s interest. If not, the price of the item goes down until there&rsquo;s an active bid. Don&rsquo;t be the guy or gal who bids immediately &mdash; you&rsquo;ll never know how low the price would have gone.</p> <h2>Ditch Your Ego</h2> <p>The benefits of the auction process (for the seller, anyway) are its speed, its ability to liquidate everything completely, and the way it taps into the psychology of buyers. Bidding is competitive, and it&rsquo;s in our natures to want to win. Often buyers get caught up in this desire for victory and end up paying much more for an item than intended. Sideline your ego, have a maximum price in mind for each item you bid on, and realize you can&rsquo;t win &lsquo;em all.</p> <h2>Be Aware</h2> <p>When registering at an auction, you&rsquo;ll be given a bidder&rsquo;s card or paddle that reflects your unique bidder number. Be careful with it. Fanning yourself with your bidder paddle during a hot summer auction is the fastest way to accidentally end up with a set of Strawberry Shortcake curtains or VCR circa 1989.</p> <h2>Get Comfortable</h2> <p>Depending on the volume of what&rsquo;s being liquidated and the speed of the auctioneer, an auction might take awhile. Large household or <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/reselling-antiques-the-five-principles-of-power-picking">antique</a> liquidations are sometimes spread over two days. It&rsquo;s easy to lose patience as you wait for the auctioneer to get to your item. I&rsquo;ve seen many a diehard buyer fold at the eleventh hour. Bring a strong cup of coffee, take a walk, grab a snack, or set up a rotating &ldquo;auction watch&rdquo; with friends or family.</p> <h2>Be Fair</h2> <p>Household auctions can be jumble of miscellaneous &quot;stuff&quot; that camouflages a few real gems. I&rsquo;ve see less-than-scrupulous buyers take a valuable item and bury it in a box of junk. These folks hope their treasure isn&rsquo;t noticed by other bidders and that they can score the box for a minimal price. Don&rsquo;t be one of these people. Auctions are competitive, but dirty tactics just bring down the entire process.</p> <h2>Enjoy Yourself</h2> <p>Where else in our modern world are prices not set in stone and controlled by a bar code? Where else can buying be so interactive and social? Auctions let us peer into someone else&rsquo;s world for awhile &mdash; to be archeologists exploring the material histories of other families and previous generations. The whole process is so much richer than shopping from a catalog or big-box store. Enjoy yourself &mdash; but don&rsquo;t forget the coffee.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kentin-waits">Kentin Waits</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-buy-like-a-pro-at-country-auctions">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-buy-all-that-stuff-the-police-seize-and-its-cheap">How to Buy All That Stuff the Police Seize. And It&#039;s Cheap.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/all-the-savings-under-the-sun-12-essential-daily-deal-sites">All the Savings Under the Sun: 12 Essential Daily Deal Sites</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/smart-shopping-guide-to-researching-a-purchase">Smart Shopping: Guide to Researching a Purchase</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-indoor-tv-antennas">The 5 Best Indoor TV Antennas</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-food-items-to-always-buy-in-bulk">13 Food Items to Always Buy in Bulk</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping antiques auctions bargain deals Fri, 10 Jun 2011 10:24:06 +0000 Kentin Waits 573945 at http://www.wisebread.com