Clipping coupons is so last century. For up-to-date deals, try these Web sites for everything from online discount codes to brick-and-mortar specials.
• Compare prices for products at shopzilla.com to make sure you’re getting the best price on a purchase.
• Before ordering anything over the Internet, check out retailmenot.com. It compiles online discount codes and coupons—which might give you a percentage off your order or free shipping—for thousands of Web sites, such as target.com, nike.com, and anntaylor.com. It’s gotten so popular, some retailers have asked to be removed from the site.
If you don’t find what you’re looking for, try dealcatcher.com or currentcodes.com. Or try searching on eBay, where a Pottery Barn 10-percent-off coupon, for example, usually sells for less than $10; for a hefty purchase, that would be worth it. Stick to reputable sellers with strong feedback on past sales to avoid getting a bum deal.
• Find printable coupons for everything from fast-food meals to groceries to major bookstores at sites such as wow-coupons.com and couponcabin.com.
• Waiting for a certain item to go on sale online? Add it to a personalized list at savvycircle.com, which will e-mail you as soon as the price drops. If you love a certain designer, you can input your size and style preferences at shopittome.com and get alerts when items that match your criteria go on sale at such Web retailers as shopbop.com and saks.com.
• Here’s a secret about online shopping: Many Internet retailers give a percentage of sales back to sites that refer customers to them. A few sites—we like ebates.com, fatwallet.com, and luckymagrewards.com —return much of those kickbacks to customers in the form of gift cards or cash. Register on a rebate site and use it to navigate to your favorite e-tailer; it’ll keep track of your buys and send you a bonus when you reach the required amount.
• Can’t keep up with newspaper circulars? Try sundaysaver.com. Simply input your state to get the latest info on sales at department, drug, and grocery stores.
• If tech toys are your thing, you won’t find a better deal hub than bensbargains.net, which prowls such retailers as bestbuy.com and staples.com for a constantly updated list of tech-focused buys.