As Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, many people are looking for ways to save money on great gifts for their valentine. However, it can be difficult to find deals on quality merchandise at a time of year when stores notoriously charge more. Fortunately, technologically savvy shoppers can enjoy these ten websites and iPhone applications when looking for the perfect gifts that won’t break their bank.
5 Websites That Can Save You Money
The internet makes it easy for consumers to share coupons and great deals with each other. There are a variety of websites that allow consumers to buy and sell products, as well as share free or low-priced coupons. These websites are a great deal around the year.
1. Craigslist: Craigslist helps consumers buy and sell used and new merchandise. Those that love getting a great deal or bartering for a good price will enjoy searching the many categories of products on Craigslist.
2. eBay: eBay allows individuals to auction off new, lightly-used, and handmade products. This auction website is one of the best resources to use when searching for unique and low priced gifts.
3. Groupon: Groupon is a unique website that offers users huge discounts on awesome products and services, as long as a certain amount of people also purchase the offer. These offers change daily and are a great way for shoppers to enjoy deep discounts on their favourite products, services, and restaurants.
4. LivingSocial: LivingSocial is another very unique website that allows users to take advantage of one enormous deal each day. However, if a consumer purchases a deal and then gets three family members or friends to also buy the deal, their deal is free.
5. Retailmenot: Most consumers love getting free coupons in the mail. RetailMeNot allows users to also share these coupons online, so other consumers can enjoy the great discounts as well. Users can also share how often these coupons work and the amount of money they have saved.
5 Money Saving iPhone Apps to Use This Christmas
The iPhone makes it easy for users to surf the internet, check their bank accounts, and keep up with friends and family. However, these are not the only things that the iPhone helps users do. The iPhone also helps users to save money with these five, easy to use applications.
1. RedLaser: This free application allows users to scan barcodes in their favourite stores and retailers. This makes it extremely easy for users to know the price on selected products, without ever having to hunt down a busy salesperson.
2. Coupon Sherpa Mobile Coupons: Coupon Sherpa supplies users with coupons that they may use to saving money on travel expenses, clothing, shoes, electronics, sporting goods, books, music, and jewellery. These coupons can be accessed when running the application or can be emailed to users, in order to be used in the most convenient manner possible.
3. CardBank: This application, which is a bargain for only $0.99, allows users to store and use retail membership cards when shopping. This allows users to use their rewards or membership cards, even if they forgot their card at home, so that they never lose out on points, discounts, or other rewards.
4. ZipList: ZipList, which is available free of cost, allows iPhone users to create, update, and share their shopping lists. Users can even search through recipes and add required ingredients to their grocery lists, which can be organised by store or aisle. These lists may be accessed through the application or by email, text message, or instant message.
5. Yard Sale Mapper: iPhone users that love to scour yard sales for unique Christmas gifts will love Yard Sale Mapper. This application allows users to find yard and garage sales on Craigslist, and then locate them on the map. This makes it much easier to find these sales, as well as navigate to the destination.
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This article was contributed by Tom, a writer who writes reviews at MoneyChoices.com.au, one of Australia’s leading home loan comparison and consumer advice services. Visit their website and go to their blog for much more of his writing about money management.