Last Updated Apr 28, 2011 10:35 PM EDT
Is it just me or do you too feel foolish paying full price for things like cereal and shoes when you know there must be a coupon or discount code somewhere in cyberspace? The trick, of course, is knowing where to look for the savings. So I decided to scour the web in search of the best articles that name the most useful deal sites and shopping apps.
Top 40 Coupon, Discount and Deal Sites
I can't think of a major coupon or daily deal site that isn't mentioned in this article from Buy.Blorge. You can expect to find some of my favorites, including DealNews.com and RetailMeNot. I also found some lesser known resources you might like. For example, Shop It To Me is a free service that sends members emails with clothing sales in just your size.
Kiplinger offers a wealth of money saving advice in this article. In addition to providing the names of coupon sites, it also shows you how to find the lowest prices on millions on products (try Pronto.com), buy gift cards that sell for less than face value (check out Plastic Jungle) and join cash back programs (consider Ebates). Savvy shoppers combine these strategies for added savings.
So Many Coupon Sites, So Little Time
Groupon isn't the only social media coupon site. This article describes and critiques its competitors, including LivingSocial, ScoutMob and GiltCity. Dana Wollman's biggest complaint is that the deals tend to be geared toward a select few cities. If live in Akron, Ohio, you're out of luck.
5 Best Money Saving Apps
If you've got a smartphone, it's time to start using apps to save money. This CNNMoney article points out five that help you pay less for gas, groceries and clothing. It also profiles ShopSavvy and The Find, two services that allow you to scan barcodes while you shop to see if another retailer is offering that same item for less.
Still looking for more ways to save money? Check out my recent article on SavingStar, a new type of coupon website that no longer requires you to clip, print or carry anything with you to the supermarket or drug store. The discounts simply ring up at the register through your store loyalty card. I also found the five best apps for spending less at the gas pump.
Stacey Bradford is the author of The Wall Street Journal Financial Guidebook for New Parents.
Box O' Coupons image courtesy of Flickr, CC 2.0.
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