September 13, 2013, 11:43 AM — Shopping online is a double-edged sword. Naturally, it's super convenient to be able to browse virtually any store in the world, even if you live in the middle of nowhere. There's no giant parking lot, no crowds, and pants are optional. Products are delivered right to your home. Did I mention pants are optional?
But if you're obsessed with always getting the best deal, buying everything online can be nerve-wracking too. You could spend hours clicking around site after site making sure you have the best deal, trying to find a promo code for free shipping, even obsessing over the price of something you've already purchased, wondering if you can get a refund of the price difference should it suddenly go on sale. Before you add anything else to your favorite retailer's online shopping cart, check out these tips for stress-free, automatic savings no matter where you shop.
Getting the best deal requires shopping around, right? No. No one has time for that. Install InivisbleHand in your browser of choice--it's a free extension for Firefox, Chrome, and Safari. Once it's installed, just head to your favorite online retailer and shop like normally. As you view products, you'll see a yellow bar drop down to notify you if that product can be found cheaper elsewhere. That's it.
Well, it also lets you share that deal on Facebook or Twitter, or add it to a wish list that's stored on Facebook, but the price alerts are the real attraction. The list of supported sites is simply huge, and it even works when you're searching for plane tickets.
If you're still in research mode, PriceBlink works similarly to InvisibleHand. It's an extension for Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari, and Firefox. Like InvisibleHand, PriceBlink compares prices for items you're viewing across multiple sites, but it also has reviews from multiple sites, so you can quickly figure out if that thing is worth buying in the first place. PriceBlink also has a chart showing price trends over time, coupon codes for the site you're on, and a wish list, all right in the friendly yellow pop-up bar.
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