Roll up those sleeves and get your game face ready — it’s deal time.
Are you gearing up to save some extreme dollars on Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping? Most likely yes, if you’re reading this. Do you want to be the first to know when prices drop on your favorite items? Of course you do. Well, good news — it is now easier than ever to monitor prices and scan deals from your favorite retailers.
Whether you’re a seasoned shopper or a first-timer, add the following tantalizing tools and sites to your arsenal, and you’ll position yourself to have the most productive shopping season ever — all from the comfort of your home.
Coupon And Price Tracking
Listen, folks. You first need to set the foundation that will enable you to properly take advantage of the deal-flow. Embrace technology that does all the heavy lifting for you and saves you a ton of time — when you need it most. There are several great options out there, but I personally prefer those that have a Chrome Extension. With the tap of a button, these tools apply several promo codes (sometimes a dozen or more) and automatically apply the best one — it’s like magic. Similarly, they’ll tell you if there’s a better deal elsewhere and how much you can save. Be sure to scan deals directly from their site and price track where relevant. Depending on which platform you use, there are some nice rewards available so you get more bang for your deal-hawking buck.
A formidable browser extension that automatically finds & applies the best promo codes at checkout with one click.
They’re an ‘automated shopping assistant’ that provides real-time data updates thanks to their crowdsourced updates (‘wikibuyers’).
If you’re frequently scouting Amazon, this is another winner and price-tracks all Amazon products and price history. You can also customize for specific price watches and price drop alerts.
Ah, the deep sea of deals. If you haven’t favorited any of the following, it’s definitely in your best financial interest to do so immediately. These aggregators showcase the ‘best of the best’ deals and through a combination of community curation and tech, you’re practically guaranteed to see deals that are both current and incredibly good.
Slickdeals is the leading online deal community, where 10 million users interact to share the most up-to-date information on online shopping deals and coupons. They also have a dedicated Black Friday page. They have over 10 million community members that fine, share, and vote to curate the best deals, and the top 30-40 deals are always found on the Frontpage.
RetailMeNot is a ‘go to’ for all things coupons, promo codes, sales, gift cards, and cash back incentives for thousands for name brand & stores. They recently incorporated their nifty, new Chrome extension (called ‘Genie’) to help make your deal-finding experience more seamless — it’s ‘genius’.
The Krazy Coupon Lady
I can’t verify whether she’s ‘Krazy’ or not, but is absolutely worthy of a mention. I’m a huge fan because of the depth of informative, but useful content always provided at your fingertips. You can search both printable coupons and online deals for mainstream retail and learn ‘best practices’ on saving moula.
Yes, it’s pretty deserving of its own category actually. Starting Nov. 17, Amazon will feature its “30 days of deals” and lightning deals (in the thousands). Amazon is known to have some great deals, but they definitely won’t last long, so try to take a look as soon as possible to grab something while you can.
By adding these tools and sites into your toolkit, there’s no longer a need to wait in long Black Friday lines or worry about getting emotionally or physically jostled in massive crowds all hunting for the same bargain. Integrate these tools into your Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping toolkit and you’ll be amazed at how much money you can save. So set your alarms, block out some “me time,” and get ready to save a ton of money.