(Guest Post by Annie Idea)
Would you pay double for a new computer if it meant saving a few minutes? Then why don’t you have your favorite bargain websites bookmarked?
Sometimes all you need to do in order to save a lot of money is to shop around a bit. Following bargain or deals websites can help you do that, and it’s the first of two simple tips that will keep you from overpaying on your next purchase:
1. Follow Bargain Websites
Deals sites like Woot.com are a great way to stay on top of the latest hot deals. Many of these sites are devoted to specific product categories, such as electronics, which can help you focus on the items you need.
To use these sites to your advantage, check them often for items you’re looking to buy. Then, when you see a great deal on that laptop you’ve been wanting, you’re likely to have saved a good deal of money. And if you happen to see a coupon for your favorite coffee shop while you’re looking, you will probably save even more.
There’s just one warning — make sure not to spend on items you don’t need just because they’re a great deal!
2. Change Your Buying Habits
If you’re shopping for a new TV, don’t go to just one electronics store and let their salesperson talk you into their most expensive model. Visit several stores instead and compare the prices of the TVs you like. Then when you get home, compare those prices with prices online, including those on bargain sites.
This strategy doesn’t stop with electronics — for instance, try shopping at several different grocery stores to see how your costs compare. One of the biggest reasons for overpaying is failing to shop around, and next time you should be able to avoid that by using these tips!
Annie Idea is a freelance writer focused on how to live large on a little living.