These recession-like symptoms the economy is producing, look as if they will continue for a while, with some analysts predicting we won’t see a bottom till the end of 2009. So prepare yourself by banking some extra dough with these 9 helpful sites:
1. Fat Wallet – This is a community of people constantly searching for hot deals to save you money. If someone heard that K-Mart is giving away $100 lamps for only $25, you’ll hear it in the forums section. The site also offers a handy price comparison tool for purchases you are considering.
2. Flyertalk – Remember that guy who bought all that pudding and scammed a frequent flyer promotion?…He was all over the news for his genius plan back in 1999. Well he is a legend over at Flyertalk. This site will keep you up to date on everything frequent flyer related. How to combine deals and where you can get the most bang for your buck. It has also been reported that airline executives monitor the site to find out customers’ chief complaints and desires. I have a feeling it has something to do with cheap tickets.
3. The Coupon Clippers – If clipping coupons makes you feel like an old granny, then this should help out a bit. Log on to the site and let them do all the clipping and finding deals for you. Just search for your favorite grocery items and order the coupons to be delivered. They charge a small handling fee for delivery, but this could be a good bet to save some time and money. Coupon proponents claim you can trim 50% of your grocery bill by using coupons.
4. Coupons.com – These guys own the coupon world, or at least just the domain name. If you’re not into paying for shipping and handling fees at the Coupon Clippers, check this site. Great looking site with a lot of coupons in your local area which you can print out from home. There’s just one annoying catch. You have to install this ‘coupon printer’, which I’m not a fan of.
5. Coupon Mountain – Maybe the best coupon site around. No registration required, and they provide direct links to where you can use the coupon to make the purchase online. That Coupon Mountain gold digger mascot is absolutely priceless too, look at his little hat and sack of money. Did he steal that?
6. Amazon Gold Box – You gotta love this, even a huge corporate retail site like Amazon is getting into the fray with a deal page. Their Gold Box feature will let you know about items that are selling at huge discounts. The side scroll button is also a great way to view dozens of items quickly with just a few clicks.
7. Absurdly Cool Freebie Finder – This site aggregates from a number of ‘free stuff’ sites on the internet and compiles their results for you with direct links. Free subscriptions to magazines are abundant, I even saw one for TV Guide. And who would want to pass up a free sample of Teddy Grahams? Have you no soul?
8. SlickDeals – Probably the most popular deal site on the internet. Similar to Fat Wallet, but claims to have livelier forums and more frequent updates. I like the new Deal Alert feature that allows you to ignore alerts you’re not interested in. For the last time, no more Playtex/Midol coupons!
9. Travel Zoo – This page is one of the best places to compare flight and other travel options. Unlike all those other annoying travel sites, you don’t have to keep reentering your travel info after each search. They also offer a cool newsletter e-mail sent each Wednesday listing some of the best offers on cruises, flights, and vacation packages. If you really like this site, you can even trade its stock which was going for $110 per share back in 2005.
Are there any other deal/money-saving sites you use regularly? Let us hear them in the comments section.
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