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Deal-Finders for Online Shopping 

By Tracey Dowdy

Online sales continue to climb while we’re all in various stages of quarantining, yet at the same time, many families are tightening their belts as unemployment numbers are reaching historic highs. Under the circumstances, finding the best deals is more important than ever. 

Amazon has been my go-to for the majority of my online shopping for the past month mainly because of its massive inventory and low prices. Even if you’re shopping in a brick and mortar store, you can compare prices with Amazon by tapping the camera icon next to the search bar, and scanning the barcode. 

Amazon isn’t the only game in town nor are they always the best deal. 

At checkout, Retail Me Not’s Deal Finder will test every deal and apply the best discounts, so you don’t have to search and test them one by one. Deal Finder combines any available coupon codes and RetailMeNot exclusive Cash Back Offers and applies them at checkout.  

Honey compares prices between Amazon, Amazon’s third-party sellers, and other online retailers like Target and WalMart, and calculates estimated shipping costs and Prime status to ensure you’re getting the lowest prices. 

PriceBlink also offers price comparisons and coupons, but with a slightly different interface. Once installed on your browser (Chrome or Firefox), a yellow bar will appear at the top of the screen any time you navigate to an online shopping site. PriceBlink notifies you of available deals and coupons on the site and will let you know if a better price is available through another retailer. You can also track the price of an item over time, add items to your wish list, and find coupons on its website. 

If you’re as tired of Lysol and Clorox wipes being out of stock and never being able to get your hands on some because they’re always sold out before you get there, OctoShop is the answer. The app checks inventory across retailers to help you track down a product that’s frequently out of stock, though it’s less helpful at telling you at a glance if you’ve got the best price. To price compare, click on the OctoShop icon. Once installed, the OctoShop tab automatically appears above Amazon’s price. Clicking it tells you if you’re getting the best price, and what other retailer has the item available. The app allows you to set alerts for price drops as well as in-stock notifications from a variety of retailers.  

Privacy Note: The extensions on this list work by scanning every site you visit for potential coupons, which could potentially expose you to some security issues. Before installing any of them, it’s worth your while to check out its privacy policy. That noted, all the ones we’ve highlighted below promise to not collect any personally identifiable information.

Tracey Dowdy is a freelance writer based just outside Washington DC. After years working for non-profits and charities, she now freelances, edits, and researches on subjects ranging from family and education to history and trends in technology. Follow Tracey on Twitter.

6 Apps for the Serious Mobile Shopper

By Tracey Dowdy

Mobile shopping has been around for a while now and as shoppers get savvier, so do the apps. At this point there are almost as many shopping apps available as there are products to buy.

Most major retailers have jumped in with apps featuring their best online or in-store deals. Wal Mart’s app allows you to scan your receipt to compare prices in your area. If the item is available at a lower price locally, they will refund the difference. Target enables you to use your Apple Watch to build your shopping list or find items in-store by aisle number as well as use Apple Pay for online purchases.

Online retailers like Etsy, Amazon and eBay all offer mobile apps to alert you to deals, discounts on products you’re monitoring, or sales that are ending soon.

With all the options out there, where do you start?  How can you be sure you’re getting the best deal? These apps are a great place to start.

Retail Me Not

retailmenotTD1On its Facebook page, Retail Me Not states “We’re Out to Save the World (Some Money)™ and with a goal “to be the most useful site for internet shoppers looking for savings” it’s well on their way. Retail Me Not goes beyond clothing and products and includes deals on food and restaurants as well. Bookmark favorites, search by Today’s Hot Deals, browse Categories Trending Deals and get coupons from over 50,000 retailers and restaurants. They’ll even alert you when your coupons are about to expire.

Platform: iOS, Android
Cost: Free

Red Laser

RedLaserTD1If getting the best deal is important to you, you’ll love Red Laser. Simply scan the product barcode and the app immediately searches millions of products across thousands of stores and online retailers to find the best deal. Download store loyalty cards and coupons, and be alerted to the best deals when you walk into a brick and mortar store. You can choose to have items delivered in-store for pick up or delivered straight to your door.

Platform: iOS, Android, Windows
Cost: Free


shopsavvyTD1ShopSavvy is a comprehensive barcode scanner, price checker, QR code reader and sale search engine bundled into one app. You can price match in-store to ensure you’re getting the best deal, browse by product category and be alerted to online sales as well as sales in your area for products you’re in the market for and share them with your friends.

Platform: iOS, Android, Windows Phone
Cost: free


shopularTD1Pick your favorite store, be alerted to nearby and online
sales, receive coupons, promo codes, markdowns, weekly ads and browse for deals all through one simple app: Shopular. Instead of jumping from one app to another to keep up with what’s on sale, Shopular consolidates your favorite stores into one convenient app. One of its best features is that it sends notifications for specific products you’re following and enables you to redeem the coupons directly from your phone.

Platform: iOS, Android
Cost: Free


shopadvisorTD1ShopAdvisor bills itself as “Your personal shopping concierge for fashion, tech, decor and more.” Instead of telling you what to buy, ShopAdvisor tells you when. Browse preselected lists of sale items or create your own customized list and be alerted to when and where they’re available at the lowest price. By partnering with top magazines and influencers like Cosmopolitan, The Today Show, People StyleWatch, Real Simple, Men’s Health, This Old House, Cooking Light, Parent and Child among others, ShopAdvisor keeps you on trend while getting you the best deal.

Platform: iOS, Android
Cost: Free


polyvoreTD1150Take a quiz to see what you should buy or build your dream closet online or in real life. Polyvore definitely isn’t your typical shopping app. Instead of items being listed individually, they’re presented as outfits. Each item that you “Like” – tops, dresses, shoes, accessories etc. – is logged and your style preferences noted. You can save your choices and Polyvore will send you alerts when items are on sale. You can share your favorite looks on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, Instagram and be notified when someone likes what you’ve found or created.

Platform: iOS, Android
Cost: Free

Tracey Dowdy is a freelance writer based just outside Toronto, ON. After years working for non-profits and charities, she now freelances and researches on subjects from family and education to pop culture and trends in technology. Follow Tracey on Twitter.