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Comparison Shopping: The Ultimate Resource To Save Time and Money (Pre-Holiday Tip!)

Comparison Shopping: The Ultimate Resource To Save Time and Money (Pre-Holiday Tip!)

Saving money is often the foremost thing on most of our minds (especially when it comes to holiday shopping!) When we get down to the business of indulging in a new toy, household item or other product, saving ourselves time ranks a not-so-distant second.

Besides, with huge range of products available today, finding the balance between the best price versus the best quality may take you hours of research and driving from mall to mall.

But, with the nearly endless responsibilities that life puts on our plates each day, who has time to spare?

If you answered that question with a resounding “not me,” then check out these four fantastic comparison shopping tools that allow you to save both time and money:

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1. ShipGooder

ShipGooder

    Sometimes the biggest expense with an online purchase is shipping, a terrible problem that many market analysts see as the last big hurdle to getting people to switch en masse to online shopping over more traditional brick and mortar stores. Whether you shop via a third-party connection marketplace like Amazon or direct from the official website of your favorite retailer, the deals offered often seem very nice, until you reach the shipping page and find that what little money you hoped to save would be negated when you add in the cost of delivery.

    When you’re dealing with prohibitive shipping costs, the new ShipGooder server is an excellent tool that helps you to flesh out your options. Simply enter two zip codes and the package weight and ShipGooder will instantly return the available options for you to scan, saving you both time and money when it comes to shipping and receiving online purchases.

    2. Nextag

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    Nextag

      General price comparison websites are a dime a dozen, but Nextag stands out for its sheer size as well as its ease-of-use. The website’s simplistic design makes searching for a particular product a breeze, and their wide range of merchant partnerships means that millions of products are available through their service.

      With more than 10 years of experience and 30 million users per month taking advantage of it, there is no doubt that Nextag is a leader where price comparison is concerned, and you’ll definitely find it useful, assuming they partner with the merchants you need to find the product you’re looking for.

      3. PriceGrabber

      PriceGrabber

        One of the most popular price comparison websites in the world, PriceGrabber is well-known for its thorough product listings. The website provides both a search function and handy highlights on popular products, helping you to find the best deal on the hottest items with only a click or two, saving you time even while it promises to save you money.

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        Unlike Nextag, PriceGrabber provides comparisons in price and reviews from retailers across the internet, not requiring them to sign into any type of partnership. This means that you’re getting a full overview of what the web has to offer in the way of products, prices, delivery times and costs, and more.

        4. RedLaser

        RedLaser

          With mobile access now representing the way that many of us use the web, having a price comparison tool that can travel in your pocket is a valuable thing. This is one of a few ways that the RedLaser smartphone app sets itself apart from the competition. This app installs on your Apple iPhone or Google Android smartphone, making itself available to you when you’re shopping in order to give you the scoop on what other retailers, both online and offline, are charging for the same products.

          Products can be searched by UPC code or even via QR data if your phone’s camera is of a high enough quality to take a clear shot of a product’s barcode. This instantly presents you with a wealth of data, including comparative prices, GPS-enabled directions to competitors, and access to prices at online giants like eBay and Amazon, all coming together to ensure that you don’t spend a single dollar more than necessary to get the product that you want.

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          5. Collaborative Saving

          Happier

            This is a bit different in concept from the above tools but one that has some incredible potential: It offers you the ability to let your friends suggest deals to you. It makes perfect sense, people who you trust and who you probably share common interests with can suggest to you most relevant and reliable deals (as well as where to buy things).

            Happier (currently in beta) is so far the best example of this concept being implemented.

            Free ToolMost Useful Feature
            ShipGooderCompare shipping prices
            NextagPowerful “Compare user reviews” feature
            PriceGrabberLocal results (to quickly find best products nearby)
            RedLaserPowerful mobile support
            HappierCollaborative shopping and saving

            Luckily, we have online shopping tools to help us save time and money. Are there any other comparison shopping tips you use? Please share them in the comments!

            Your thoughts: Do you have any comparison shopping resource in your mind?

            Featured photo credit:  A couple selecting paint samples via Shutterstock

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            30 Fun Things You Can Do This Summer Without Spending Much

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            Summertime can be a real strain on your wallet. The sun is out, there are people to see, places to be; it’s no wonder you might be short of funds during these sunny months. Not everything has to cost you an arm and a leg.

            Take some time to go through this list of 20 cheap summer activities and make some realistic goals to complete as many as you can.

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            1. Visit a strawberry festival

            Summer is prime time for tasting strawberries. More often than not, an area that grows strawberries will have a strawberry festival. Indulge yourself in strawberry pies, jams, cakes and more!

            2. Have a picnic

            Take your partner or your family to the local park and enjoy a relaxing picnic. Designate each person to bring one food item of their choice to add to the fun.

            3. Camp in your back yard

              The summer heat can sometimes make it hard to sleep. Why not enjoy the heat outside in the yard? Pitch a tent or gaze into the night sky.

              4. Take long walks

              Discover something new where you live. Take the afternoon off from your chores and go for a long walk. You may be surprised by what you discover.

              5. Break a world record

              Breaking a world record doesn’t have to be time-consuming. You could even break one on your lunch hour. Give it a go!

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              6. Go on a bike ride

              The number of bike paths on roads in big cities has increased dramatically over the years. Take advantage, and enjoy the summer breeze.

              7. Join a gym class

                The gym is not everyone’s idea of a good time, but why not go with a friend a join a class? Spinning, yoga and step classes are always more fun with friends, and a lot of gyms allow you to pay-as-you-go.

                8. Find a new hobby

                The summer is the perfect time to find a new hobby. Serotonin (our body’s natural “happy” hormone) is produced by the sunshine and will be at a yearly high, which is great for when we want to tackle something new.

                9. Join a sports team

                Not all sports teams are competitive and require huge amounts of your time. Join in the fun with like-minded people, get fit, stay healthy and make some friends along the way.

                10. Make a slip ‘n slide

                  Gather your friends, some plastic sheeting, a hose, washing up liquid if desired, and make a huge slip ‘n slide just like these guys. Granted, yours won’t be as big, but you get the idea… it’s fun!

                  11. Make a treasure hunt for your kids

                  Today’s digital world sees our children more often than not playing inside than outside. Why not create a sense of adventure by making a treasure hunt? Only rule? It has to be outside.

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                  12. Visit a free festival

                  Towns and cities are awash with free festivals, with themes from film to science. Scout your local area and discover something new.

                  13. Visit the zoo

                    Let’s face it: we love animals. While browsing news websites and social media networks you’re bound to come across a few pictures of cats. Take a trip to your local zoo for a better experience.

                    14. Take a road trip

                    Enjoy the open road with a few friends and take a road trip somewhere–anywhere. Just go out and enjoy the sunshine!

                    15. Play ultimate frisbee in the park

                      Frisbee is always great fun down the park, but why not turn it into more of a competitive sport by playing ultimate frisbee?

                      16. Make your own ice cream

                      Ice cream is a very versatile dessert. Make a sandwich, enjoy a cone, or simply just enjoy a bowl full. Better yet, making your own ice cream allows you to create any flavor you want.

                      17. Invite your neighbors over for a BBQ

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                        When was the last time you invited your neighbors over? Do you even know them? Now’s your chance. Just ask each person to bring a food item so costs don’t mount up for you.

                        18. Get a summer job

                        For many students, summer is the time for relaxation and fun. But who said earning money and being productive isn’t fun? You only get out what you put into a situation.

                        19. Attend a charity event

                        Attending a charity event is a great way to raise funds and awareness for a cause, meet new people, and generally have a good time. Search for your local charity event today.

                        20. Visit a national park

                        National parks are a great way to explore nature and learn something new. You could even volunteer and make a difference in helping restore natural habitats.

                        21. Visit your local comedy club

                          Local comedy clubs are extremely underrated. They are cheap to attend and no doubt you’ll have a barrel of laughs.

                          22. Make your own hammock

                            Hammocks are very relaxing, are perfect for summer afternoons and are surprisingly easy to make.

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                            23. Read in your new hammock

                            Now you have your very own hammock, the only thing left to do is enjoy it. Grab your favorite book and read to your heart’s content.

                            24. Watch a movie outside

                            Movies are great. Relaxing outside in the evening is great. Put them together and you’ve got a perfect combination. In D.C, Maryland and Virginia this summer, for example, you can enjoy a huge number of movies outside.

                            25. Take a hike

                              Hikes are a great way to keep fit and see more of Mother Nature. There are countless trails available for you to explore. Why not try some this summer?

                              26. Learn how to fly a kite

                              As a child, you probably had a kite and haven’t touched it since. Why not dust it off and attempt to fly it? It’s tricky, but well worth the challenge.

                              27. Work out at the park

                              American cities are full of parks with ample space for a work out session. No doubt you’ll be happier to work out in the sun rather than a crowded gym.

                              28. Take your dog to the beach

                                One of the many joys of owning a dog is taking him or her for long walks during the summertime. This joy is enhanced when visiting the beach, for both you and your dog.

                                29. Make a summer smoothie

                                Healthy, delicious and perfect for the summer. Not only that, there are countless recipes ready for you to try.

                                30. Attend a free yoga session at the beach

                                No experience needed and all skill levels are welcome. Take yourself and a buddy down to the beach and try some yoga. You’ve got nothing to lose!

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