As a blogger and shopping columnst for the Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel, I get lots of questions about how I find all the deals I write about. The answer is complicated, but this list of great web sites is a good starting point for shoppers who want to elevate their game.
EBates.com: When you shop online, visit this cash-back site first and click through to 1,800 partner retailers to earn rebates of up to 40 percent on purchases. Savings collect into an account until you request a “Big Fat Check” in the mail. New members get a $10 Amazon welcome bonus after making a $25 purchase. It’s free to join.
DealNews.com: The user-friendly, Alabama-based comparison shopping website offers more than 200 deals a day culled from more than 2,000 retailers. It offers an editorial guarantee that the price is the lowest to be found on the web, regardless of its relationship with the seller.
DealsPlus.com: This online community of bargain hunters posts deals, coupons and codes in 28 categories, including dining, electronics, travel and entertainment. More than 7 million people use the site each month. Visit and you'll see why.
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FatWallet.com: This awesome comparison shopping website centers on a staff and savvy-shopping community of members who post in a variety of forums. The site also offers FatCash rebates similar to EBates. It’s free to join to put in your two cents, but you don’t have to be a member to cruise the site.
Hip2Save.com: This blog, which also is featured on Today.com, offers coupons, freebies and money-saving offers. It focuses on Wal-Mart, Walgreens, Target and other big retailers. It’s also a good spot for “newbies” to learn coupon basics.
IHeartPublix.com: If you shop at Publix, this is a must-visit blog run by a stay-at-home mom whose motto is “where saving you money is my pleasure.” The site lists coupons, sales match-ups and deal scenarios at the beloved grocery chain. Check the forum with tips from a community of Publix savers.
RetailMeNot.com: This coupon clearinghouse has more than 500,000 printable and virtual coupons and promo codes good at 50,000 retailers. I use it on-the-go on my smartphone when I don’t have a coupon for my purchase (it happens!). Download and search the free RetailMeNot mobile app and show the coupon to save at the register. It’s easy-peasy and you don’t need to print anything.
SouthernSavers.com: This website lists deals and coupons good at 14 grocery stores, three drug stores and umpteen national retailers. There are tips on frugal living with recipes, crafts, couponing and more.
TotallyTarget.com: This blog’s mission: “Getting you more red for less green.” It is devoted to store coupons, match-ups, rebates and gift cards offered by the Minneapolis-based retail chain. I look for store coupons that may be used at Publix markets that also accept Target competitor coupons.
WildforWags.com and SimplyCVSShopping.com: These sites are devoted to saving at Walgreens and CVS drug stores. WildforWags, written by Christie Hardcastle of Boynton Beach, Fla., does the legwork on weekly deals and clearance sales at Walgreens. If you are mystified about how to use CVS ExtraCare Rewards to get freebies, SimplyCVS shows the way.