You can hash-tag your way to some major savings...about 25 million deals to be exact, right at your fingertips on Twitter. And there are more ways you can get on the "dot com saving" band wagon. Scott Gamm, founder of www.HelpSaveMyDollars.com stops by to show us how.
1. Discounted Gift Cards: You can buy gift cards to major retailers at a discounted price using sites like PlasticJungle.com and CardPool.com. Right now PlasticJungle is selling a $105 Kohl's gift card for $88 - that's a 15% savings! Other great discounts include 25% off for a JCPenney gift card, 6% off for a Home Depot card and 7% off at Panera Bread. The websites will mail you the gift card - always free shipping.
2. How These Discounts Are Offered: If you get a gift card as a gift to a store you don't shop at, but would rather have the cash, you can go to these websites and sell that gift card for up to 90% of its cash value. The website will then "flip" the card and sell it to consumers for a discount, but still earn a profit from the transaction, this way, everyone wins.
3. Timing Your Purchases: Since we can't accurately predict when an item goes on sale, the next best technique is to look at historical prices for items. For items on Amazon.com, use the website CamelCamelCamel.com and for items at BestBuy, use CamelBuys.com. The sites will provide a graph showing the different prices of a particular item over the past year, this way you can notice if there are any patterns as to when the item typically go on sale and then time your purchases accordingly.
In fact, if an item goes on sale, it'll send you an email letting you know that the price just dropped so you can rush to the store.
4. Coupon Apps: If you're looking for coupons at national retailers, check out the free CouponSherpa app, available on the iPhone and Android, which features mobile coupons at stores like Staples, PetCo and Sears. But if you're looking for coupons at local stores, check out the free 8Coupons iPhone app, which is especially helpful here in the tri-state area. Simply type in your zip code and the app will show you a map of where the stores or restaurants are that offer coupons - the app will even aggregate the local deals from sites like Groupon and LivingSocial.
5. Promotional Codes: Any time you're shopping online and you see a space to enter in a promotional code, don't leave that box blank. Just do a quick Google search to find a promotional code for the retailer you're shopping at. Or, you can check sites like PromotionalCodes.com or CouponCabin.com.
6. Free Shipping Codes: And if you find yourself paying for shipping when making online purchases, check out sites like FreeShipping.org, which has free shipping codes for Target, Amazon and Sears, among thousands of other retailers.
7. Tracking Your Shipments: And speaking of online purchases, the Slice app on the iPhone and Android organizes all of your e-receipts and it will even tell you when your shipments will arrive, conveniently in one place on the app, this way you don't need to head over to FedEx.com or UPS.com and enter in a tracking number.
For more of Scott's tips, visit HelpSaveMyDollars.com.
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