There's no doubt that since the holiday season is now upon us, people will be looking for deals. Searches for coupon-related terms were up online last week 199 percent from the same time last year.
On any given day, there are more than 10,000 deals placed online by retailers. Some are only mediocre, while others are true deals. With all the coupon sites and deal touters out there, how do you know for sure you've found the best deal there is? Here's how to make sure you get the best price.
Check price comparison sites like PriceGrabber and Shopzilla. This will give you a more manageable list of products and prices than you'll get if you use a less deal-specific search engine. But bear in mind that the site you use is only offering deals from stores they have deals with, so you may want to use more than one site.
When you find a good deal with one retailer, ask for a price match at another. Several stores offer this, but remember to keep your printed copy of the offered deal with you, whether it is from an online source or your local newspaper.
Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving) is right around the corner, and you can be there will be deep discounts at all sorts of retailers – but electronics stores seem to be the most common. You'll find items in the stores that aren't listed in circulars, so don't just rely on the circulars. But beware that you could get sucked into a good deal on an inferior product. Know what brand you prefer or feel is better quality before you shop, and don't stray from that.
Your best bet is to comparison shop before you leave home. The Internet is wonderful for this – and it will save you vast amounts of time. You'll know what the regular price is, and can then determine how much you're willing to pay, and if the offered price is truly a good deal.
Be aware that retailers seem to be making it more difficult to use coupons or special deals because consumers are doing more shopping online – whether at home or in stores on their cell phones. So pay attention to fine print and expiration dates.