There’s no feeling quite like saving money. The adrenaline rush you get when scoring a deal and finally securing an item you’ve longed for—it’s incredible. It’s exhilarating. It makes you wonder why you’ve ever paid full price for anything. Luckily, a range of new programs, apps and algorithms are becoming widely available to help you find the best deals almost instantly and with little effort. From using browser extensions such as Honey that search the whole web for coupon codes or just checking competitively-priced Amazon products, there are simple ways to find the best deals.

Waiting to see if a price will get lower is a gamble. If there is already a hefty discount active, you may want to act on it or else the opportunity could slip away. Be sure to do your research before splurging so you don’t overlook a big savings!


Compare prices

Research how much a product costs at various retailers. A great tool is Google’s “Shopping” tab. Simply search the product, and Google will retrieve every website selling that item along with their price.


Be patient

Make sure it is the absolute best time to buy, and do not act on impulse. As much as you want something, the price may change drastically in a day or two. A few sites actually let you sign up for price alerts when prices drop or rise, so be sure to use that as a resource. 


Coupons are your best friend

Find them online, have the browser extension Honey find them for you or clip them out of a newspaper. Sometimes stores may even take expired coupons, so make sure you give them a try every time you find one that could cover your purchase. 


Take advantage of free shipping

If you are buying a product for $10 and the shipping is $8.99, is it still worth it? Depending on what it is, maybe. But another site may offer free shipping on the same thing or offer free in-store pickup, so shop around!


Play their game

An interesting way to get a coupon is to purposely leave an item in your online cart then leave the website. If you wait an hour or so, you may get an email or notification from the merchant saying, “Hey, you forgot something in your cart! Here’s 20% off so you can finish your purchase.” 


Price match

If you’re shopping around and notice another store is selling an item for a cheaper price, print or cut out a listing that shows this price and provide it to an employee at a store that sells the same product. If it is a reputable source, most stores will match the lower price. If you have an Amazon Prime account, prices are typically matched from other internet sources automatically. 

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