How to Save Money by Comparing Prices

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The popularity of online shopping has exploded during the pandemic. Even naysayers joined the ranks, especially when they realized that they could stay safe at home, yet have their favorite groceries delivered right to their doors. But there’s more to online shopping than browsing and checking out. Savvy shoppers can use online tools to make informed purchases and save money – lots of money, especially when it comes to comparing prices.  Here are some of the best price comparison tools that you can use to improve your online shopping game. 

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Google Shopping

When you visit Google Shopping, you can search millions of items at thousands of advertisers and sellers, both online and in-store. If you like to search and shop all in one place, you can also buy select items right on Google Shopping. Your order will be protected by a Google Guarantee, meaning that you can call on Google if your order is incorrect or late, or if you want to make a return.

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Yahoo Shopping

With Yahoo Shopping, you can search by item name or by category for prices, popularity, discounts, and more. Yahoo Shopping also has a handy Price Tracking feature where you can be alerted when an item you’ve saved drops in price.  

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Frequent Amazon shoppers can use this tool to track the prices of specific items on Amazon. You can even name a preferred price threshold and receive an email when your chosen item hits that threshold. You can also browse price history charts to get a sense of any dips and spikes in prices.  For ease, CamelCamelCamel has a free browser extension called the Camelizer, which gives you easier access to the price history charts.  

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Cently by CouponFollow

Once you install this real-time coupon search browser extension, it will serve up coupons and cashback offers as you browse online. On Amazon specifically, Cently lets you know if you are getting the best price where you are or if another e-tailer has a better price. 

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Bizrate offers several search filters, including price, relevancy, location for sales tax, and product rating, but you can also ask it to sort by brand and only by retailers that offer free shipping.  It also offers a product description, which is rare amongst price comparison tools.  

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©Pexels is part of the eBay family and is a good place to look not only for comparing prices but also for top deals.  You can also search only by retailers that offer free shipping and you can compare prices across up to four items at a time

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ShopSavvy is only an app, rather than a website. You can compare prices for online and brick-and-mortar stores and find product reviews as well as discounts. When you use it in-store, you can scan the barcode of an item to conduct your search.  

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