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Comparison Shopping…a key to saving money

 

Lots of people say online sites encourage you to spend more money than you would if you went physically shopping. Yes, that’s true if you give in to all the temptation. However, I see online comparison shopping as an adventure in saving money.

Let’s face it, there are things we all have to buy now and then despite how budget smart we are.

Yesterday I went in search of food for my cat…yes, an essential. I headed to the site I usually go because that’s where it’s been the cheapest, plus they offer free shipping.

They were out of stock from that particular vendor and had suggestions for others. After clicking on them, I realized most were double in price while a few were not only double the usual cost but the bag was half the size.

I’m not site or store loyal so I typed in the cat food brand and size of bag to see what sites would pop up and their prices.

A couple had great deals but you had to spend a certain amount to get free shipping and I didn’t need anything else on their site.

After some more searching I found a great price…well a dollar more than I usually pay, but netted free shipping for 2 day delivery.

I usually do compare prices online (even if I’m shopping for something in a store), but for some items I always think I’m getting the lowest price.

Comparison shopping is great for figuring out what’s the going price for an item too. If you’re in a store and told something’s on sale, you want know if it’s simply a sales pitch or not, and you can’t do that without knowing its true value.

Sometimes comparison shopping has led me to sites with deals I never knew existed too.

One thing to keep in mind is you need to compare exactly like products and sizes for a fair comparison. If you’re looking for a 12 pound bag of something and you see a good deal don’t automatically think that’s the one to go with because sometimes it can be for a product half its size.

So make sure you’ve typed in as many specifications as you can into the search engine.

And one other thing about comparison shopping is the shipping cost. If a site is offering free shipping on any order but it’s a couple of dollars more then I usually go with that so I don’t have to buy more items…yes, some can turn into impulse buys, just to get the item shipped for free.

If you don’t want to do all the legwork of price comparing yourself, here are a couple of sites I found that do that for you-

 

http://www.pricegrabber.com/

 

http://www.shopzilla.com/

 

Are you an online price comparer?

 

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