Is there any better feeling than scoring a deal? Conversely, finding out that you overspent on a purchase can leave you feeling angry, sorrowful, and just overall unhappy. Luckily there are now more tools than ever to help you save money when shopping online. More specifically, these useful sites can often make you feel like a true insider, scooping the world with your awesome deal.
If you want to feel like a money-saving insider yourself, you’ll definitely want to check out these three sites:
OK, so the name of this site is downright silly and doesn’t tip its hand at all as far as what it actually does. Perhaps that’s part of the point, allowing you to feel like part of the secret club when you do learn of its true nature: helping you nab great prices on Amazon.
Those who spend a fair amount of time on Amazon may notice that prices on the e-commerce platform tend to fluctuate often, making it difficult to make purchasing decisions on the spot. This is where CamelCamelCamelcomes in, as it allows you to not only view past pricing data and trends but also set your own price target and receive notification when the item falls into your budget. Personally I recently employed CamelCamelCamel to stock up on some of my favorite Keurig coffee after the price dropped by more than $10.
Needless to say, before you pull the trigger on your next Amazon purchase, it’s probably worth paying a visit to this oddly-named site and waiting for a great deal to come to you.
As a relatively frequent traveler, I learned long ago that sites like Hotwire that only reveal the names of the hotels you’re booking after the fact could save you a substantial amount of money. Of course they also come with a fair amount of risk for those who are picky about their accommodations or need to stay in a very specific place and not a generic area. Enter Better Bidding to help make things a little easier.
There are several ways to utilize Better Bidding but my favorite is using the Bidding Helper view. Here you can enter your destination and travel dates to view Priceline and Hotwire prices side by side. More importantly, you’ll also be able to view additional tools, such as the Hotwire Easy View and Priceline Express. For example, Hotwire Easy View will often (not in every case) allow you to view what Better Bidding’s best guess is for what hotel the blind listings are for. Similarly, you can see a list of what similar rooms are being listed for by clicking the “Is This a Good Price?” button.
I’ll admit that I haven’t actually booked a hotel room using Better Bidding just yet, but I’m definitely on board with the concept. In fact, I only wish I had known about this site sooner.
It was only a couple of weeks ago that I wrote my review of Ebates but I feel like this cash back site falls into the same category as these other “insider” sites. For one, Ebates can help you find coupon codes and other current offers for hundreds of sites by either visiting their website or using the browser extensions (Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Edge are all supported). On top of that, these same tools can also be used to “double dip” and earn cash back on your purchases.
In case you missed my review, I’ll quickly note there are some minor downsides to Ebates. Among them, the site only pays out on a quarterly basis. Additionally not every item on a given site will be eligible for earnings. That said, the coupon codes the site also boasts do take effect immediately and may even apply to items that would not otherwise qualify for Ebates savings.
Best of all, Ebates is free to use and they’ll even give you a $10 bonus when you sign-up and make a qualifying purchase of $25 or more in your first 90 days.
Snagging a great deal is an amazing experience — and one that is now more attainable than ever. These days there are several ways to outsmart the Internet and save yourself some cash. Whether you’re eyeing an item on Amazon, looking to book your next getaway, or shopping on one of the 2,500 sites that Ebates partners with, these three tools can save you money and hopefully make you feel like a real insider.
This article was first published on Dyer News.