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Billeater: Ways to Save Money by Shopping Online

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by savingtools.com)
at 1:32PM Wednesday July 14, 2010
under Shop Smarter

What can I say? The Internet rocks. I love to save time, I love to save money. Online, I can do both and have fun doing it. Nearly everything you need in life can be had at a discount on at least one of the Web market places. If you know what tools to use, you can save a bundle!
Online Coupon Codes

If you're on Savings.com, you are no stranger to these helpful little treats. They are offered up on many websites from retailers who want to drum up business online. You can get deep discounts on many of your favorite products. They usually apply to big name brands or newly launched products.

Free Shipping

This is a wonderful bonus offered by some online retailers, but it needs to be used with caution. Amazon.com is a great place for free shipping because the purchase threshold is only $25. But many sites want you to spend $50 or more before they kick in for shipping. Try to resist the urge to buy extra just to get free shipping. If buying one more item costs more than you would pay for shipping, how is that saving money? It only makes sense if you needed the second item anyway and if you are getting it at a good price.

Use Auction Sites

No self-respecting author could write about saving money online and not mention eBay. The online marketplace is still one of the best places to get a good deal. The site offers many useful tools, letting you set alerts when the item you want comes up for auction. Just don't get too excited at bidding time and go over what you would spend elsewhere!

Froogle Search

Yup, Google has a Froogle. Well, they did, but it's transitioning to "Product Search Beta." It's that link on the left called "Shopping." You'll see it next to your Google search results. You can also just type in "froogle.com" to get there.

Shoppers can sort by price, change views, use advanced search tools and more. The beauty of a Google product search is knowing for a fact that you got the best price available because you are searching all of the web. When using Google to find deals, be cautious of sites that sell things too cheaply. Pay attention to seller ratings.

Shop through Affiliates

You often hear that buying direct can save money, but when it comes to the online marketplace, you can actually do better with a middleman. How can that be? Most manufacturers do not have the resources to run an efficient marketplace, so they must charge full retail for their items to turn a profit. But websites that attract a lot of viewers can drive enough sales of a product to offer discounts of anywhere from 15 to 50%. Sites like Savings.com and Billeater.com can offer great deals to visitors because there are so many of you. Sites like Upromise can offer discounts and money towards your kid's college education. Many credit cards companies are now setting up shopping sites that offer discounts to cardholders as well.

Jessica Bosari writes for the money-saving site, Billeater.com. The site is devoted to helping people reduce expenses, save money and find great deals. Pay Billeater a visit for more money-saving tips!