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Those big discounts you are looking for when shopping online might slip away if you don’t compare. But running the internet for the lowest price could be a dive into a rabbit hole, a waste of time, especially when the weather is not on your side. You need this windfall at present.

We interviewed smart shopping experts and self-rated a variety of online shopping promotions and tools to identify these 18 surefire ways to save money every time you shop online. .

If shopping for discounts is as exciting for you as shopping for clothes or gadgets themselves, consider visiting some of our favorite deal sites to find special offers yourself.

Or let a browser extension do the work for you. They can browse the web for deals on laptops, clothing, housewares, jewelry, and more in seconds. (All browser extensions recommended here are free and available on Chrome, Firefox, and Safari.)

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When you shop online, finding a good deal becomes even more enjoyable when you can also benefit from free shipping, an advantage that Amazon Prime has forged into a mainstay of internet shopping. But trying to find the promo codes that actually work, as well as the retailers that offer the benefit, can be frustrating if you don’t know where to look. Switch from one site to another and check Free delivery organization. It’s a website that brings together all the retailers – big and small – that offer free shipping and other discounts to customers. The site includes the terms and conditions of the free shipping offer and the promotional code, if applicable. For example, a recent promotion we found on the Lands’ End site included 40% off full-priced styles as well as free shipping when you use the discount code BRIGHT.

Save yourself the hassle of digging through multiple websites to find the best price on the items you buy online. Consumer savings expert Andrea Woroch recommends browser extension Popcart, which sends a pop-up notification whenever a product you check out is cheaper on a competing site. In addition to retail price comparisons, the browser extension also compares the unit prices of items (watch this video to see how).

Woroch is also digging a chord aggregator site CouponFollow.com. It organizes coupons by store name to help shoppers quickly identify the best deal.

You’re probably already buying a lot from Amazon.com. Should it be even more? Install the Amazon Assistant browser extension, says smart shopping expert Trae Bodge of TrueTrae.com, to see how Amazon’s prices add up when you buy products from competing sites. See how it works here.

Our sources recommend CouponCabin.com for its extensive collection of online promo codes and in-store printable coupons. Consumers can find deals from online and physical retailers such as Nike, Overstock.com, and Target. The site also maintains a list of active cashback offers from retailers. Savvy shoppers might even be able to combine discount codes and cashback offers to maximize savings, says Trae Bodge of TrueTrae.com.

The Darling The browser extension saves shoppers time and money doing all the work, says Kyle James, founder of Rather-Be-Shopping.com. After you register on the site and download the extension, you will see a Honey widget appear when you checkout at any participating retailer. The widget searches the web for all relevant promo codes and applies the one with the greatest savings to your order. Note to Amazon devotees: If you are looking for a specific product, this browser extension will search for the lowest price among Amazon sellers with the same item and notify you. It even takes shipping costs into account before selecting the best seller. Watch this YouTube clip for a tutorial on installing and using Honey.

The next time you’re spending online, consider using Centenary, recommends consumer savings expert Woroch. This is a browser extension that automatically searches for promo codes as you shop, tests them, and applies the one that gives you the most savings on your order. You can even get cash back rewards on your purchases when using Cently. Unlike similar extensions, you don’t have to disclose your personal information by becoming a registered user. Watch this video to see how it works.

DealNews.com is a go-to resource for retail experts here at Kiplinger. The site has a curated selection of product offerings – ranging from electronics to housewares – which are updated daily. Bargain hunters can also find smart shopping tips on the site’s blog. Some recent topics include a list of retailers with the best customer rewards programs, as well as determining the best time of year to buy a smartphone. Plus, we often turn to the experts at DealNews during the holiday shopping season for tips on where to find the best Black Friday sales.

If you plan to travel during the pandemic, you can still take advantage of historically low prices on airline tickets and hotel packages. To find the best travel deals, we often recommend these three sites to help you get the best value for your money:

  • Cheap flights from Scott sends email alerts when airline ticket deals based on your search parameters become available (see our Your money is worth podcast episode with the site founder).
  • At Kayak.com, you can search for air or train travel deals, as well as car and hotel rental packages.
  • Google Travel allows users to find average fares for airline tickets and hotels and more using an interactive map. The site even bundles vacation rental listings from VRBO, Booking.com and TripAdvisor.

It doesn’t matter if you buy a gift card as a gift or for yourself (to avoid overspending), you can always find them at a lower price through an online gift card redemption site compared to the purchase direct from retailer or retail gift card displays in supermarkets. Try these two:

  • Gift offers (formerly CardPool) offers discounted gift cards from Best Buy, Nordstrom and Patagonia up to 35% off face value. For example, we spotted a $ 25 Fandango gift card that sold for $ 18.76, a 25% discount. Cards available on GiftDeals have no expiration date, no fees and come with a 60-day purchase guarantee. The site says it is doing this to encourage shoppers to use the cards as early as possible.
  • Gift CardGranny is another gift card redemption site worth checking out thanks to its huge selection and cash back rewards, according to Bodge of TrueTrae.com. You can earn money by purchasing certain gift cards (think: Lowe’s, Uber Eats, and the Apple App Store), then redeem the rewards for direct payment or free gift cards once you’ve won. at least $ 5 in rewards. In addition to large retailers, you can also find gift cards for local businesses based on the zip code you enter in the search box.

Plus, if you’re a member of the Warehouse Club (think Costco), you may be able to pick up discounted gift cards in-store or online.

We have already written about the browser extension Rakuten (formerly known as Ebates) and why you should take advantage of its discount offers when shopping online. Once you’ve downloaded the browser extension, create a Rakuten account. After signing up, you will have access to 2,500 online retailers where you can earn up to 40% cash back. Participating stores include Nordstrom, Kohl’s, and Best Buy. You can also find travel and vacation deals on Expedia, Priceline, Orbitz, and VRBO where you can earn up to 5% cash back after you book your travel arrangements. Rakuten even has a blog with helpful tips on how to get the most bang for your buck (and maximize cashback rewards) when shopping on partner sites.

If you frequently shop using a smartphone, consider downloading a mobile app such as Ibotta that saves you money on everyday shopping, suggests James of Rather-Be-Shopping.com. You can make money on everything from groceries to pet supplies purchased through the app, which requires linking a credit or debit card to your Ibotta account.

“You can even increase your cash back earnings by using your cash back card with a cash back payment app. “As the payments are ultimately processed through a linked credit card, you’ll get double the rewards like that. “

Don’t limit your comparison shopping to traditional retail purchases such as clothing, electronics, and housewares. You can even use sites and online tools to help you get the best rates on insurance policies. One of these sites we recommend at Kiplinger is Policygenius.com (listen to our Your money is worth podcast with the company’s co-founder and CEO), where you can get quotes for a range of policies, including life, home, auto and tenant insurance.

If you need life insurance or long term care, consider using AccuQuote.com. You will need to provide your details so that an agent can follow you directly at a later date, but you will immediately receive a list of insurers matching your profile and the estimated monthly premiums for each plan. For help choosing the right life insurance plan, see our article How to buy life insurance.

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