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How to Find the Best Deals Online
By Jen Jones
When a birthday or the holidays roll around at the Scharer household in Athens, Ohio, 39-year-old Greg Scharer has no need to make a shopping list and check it twice. Instead, he turns to his favorite online shopping destination, Woot , for daily deals. This year, he was able to buy shock-resistant cameras for his three children at $12 apiece (approximately one-third of the price at Toys“R”Us).
“It’s incredibly convenient -- as you’re waiting at a dentist appointment or traveling, you can be on your phone looking at different things you need,” says Scharer, who uses the mobile app WootWatch. WootWatch scrolls all of Woot’s various offshoots -- like Kids Woot -- to aggregate its daily deal offerings. “Along with saving time, I find it typically saves me between 30 to 70 percent off retail prices.”
Scharer’s not alone in his shopping habits. Many busy parents are embracing the ease of online shopping in the cloud -- using websites, online services or mobile apps to bargain-hunt versus trudging to the nearest brick-and-mortar store. So how can one navigate the Web to find the best deals and steals? Here are the five best ways to discount-hunt in the cloud:
No. 1: Start your spree by comparison-shopping.
No. 2: Snag both offline and online deals with coupon-based sites.
No. 3: Use social networking.
No. 4: Get your daily deal fix delivered to your inbox or phone.
No. 5: Be smart about sharing personal information.
Jen Jones is a freelance writer and author based in Los Angeles. Her articles have appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle, Variety and MSN.
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