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1DaySale And The Ultimate Bargain Guide
Find The Best 1DaySale, Daily Steals And Bargain Sites
Your inside source to the biggest 1DaySale deals. Everyone is looking to save money and bargain, daily steals and closeout websites are the way many shoppers do it. This is one of the largest resources for links and tips to help you save money. If you like to save money then you're going to love this article.
Lots of people have made bargain hunting and saving cash a way of life. Some people even lovingly use the term bargainomics to describe the art of finding and scoring on bargain and 1 day sales.
Because of this trend, there are now many sites which scour the web daily for the greatest deals and offers direct links to them for their readers. I frequent many of these every day myself and have been fortunate to land some pretty sweet deals. In fact, now whenever I'm planning on making a major purchase, such as an appliance, electronics, or even backpacking gear, I set up alerts (or watch lists) with some of these sites and they alert me whenever there is a sale or bargain for the search term I entered. Below we'll take a look at some of these bargain 1DaySale sites and the ways you can use them (and some other tricks, tips and ideas) to help you land some daily steals yourself.
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Saving money by scouring the online websites dedicated to daily deals and coupons is a way of life for many people, and I've done pretty well myself over the years saving lots of money. Some people are opportunists who snatch a good bargain when they see it, some are daily deal hawks, while others yet make their living buying low and re-selling high thanks to 1DaySale sites. While there are many sites and articles you can turn to on the subject, I hope this article becomes a valuable resource for bargain hunters everywhere. Bookmark this site, or Pin it, so that you and others can find it for quick reference.
There are a few different sections that this article is broken in to for easier search and navigation:
1 First up are tips for shopping daily deals and finding the best prices. Buying stuff for the sake of buying is a bad road to take, for most of us with limited cash, so following some basic guidelines while hunting will save you some trouble.
2 Second, the bargain and 1DaySale sites that work proactively for you. That is to say, there are sites that will contact you if an item you are looking for goes on sale at a price point below what you've set for it.
For example, when I was looking to get a new I simply entered the item I wanted and the highest price I would buy it, and when the price dropped I bought one. There are many of these sites that will also send you e-mail and text message alerts for the bargains you've entered, or send you coupon links for the stores or Weber Smoker
items you're looking for... in short, they make life for a bargain hunter much easier, and make obscure daily steals much easier to find.
Some of these sites have cool tools and add-ons that can help you become the Baron of Bargains or the Duchess of Deals. For example, Steep and Cheap has a really cool add-on for your browser that let's you stay on top of their really great deals which rotate out every hour or so, or until the stock is gone. I've bought a lot of outdoor gear from them over the years. Well look at that and more in this section.
3 Third on the list will be coupon and promo code websites, those who reliably search for you (and also have user contributed codes), saving you a lot of time and more importantly, saving you money. While this may not directly apply to daily steals and one sale a day bargain hunters, in the end they do save us cash. They really come in to play, for example, if a store like Sears has an appliance on a steep sale (which you found out about thanks to an alert), and you also find a coupon for an added 20% off for online purchases. If you play every angle of the bargain hunters game, you can rack of some big savings and have fun doing it.
4 Fourth we'll look at aggregate bargain sites. These are the various websites that search and scour the internet for sales, bargains and steals every day. True bargain hunters have bookmarked their favorite sites (some are niche related, such as steepandcheap.com, which caters to mostly outdoor gear and clothing). This is where the challenge lies, for many, because there are SO many websites catering to, and geared for, hunters of daily steals and 1DaySale bargains.
5Fifth, and lastly, I'll list some of the best freebies and giveaway sites that may not deal directly with steals and bargains, but in the vein of saving money they are truly worth your time. And they don't warrant their own article so I felt compelled to list them here.
Note: When shopping online be sure you're familiar with the company you're buying from. There are some great deals to be had by smaller and lessor known businesses, for sure, but there are also some less than scrupulous people out there. When in doubt, I always refer to Reseller Ratings to check the company out and see how others felt about it.
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Bargain Hunting And 1DaySale Tips
How To Find The Very Best Steals
There's no science to bargain hunting (but there is an art), and by now you've probably seen people go at it dozens of different ways. Not every "daily sale" is a good deal. Some people are impulsive and snatch any ole bargain they find, others are meticulous and keep track of prices until they're convinced that prices have hit bottom. I suggest that the happy place is somewhere in between. No one can suggest that being impulsive is good for the average bargain hunter, and in contrast if you spend too much time on a good buy then you've all but negated the potential value of the deal. For example, if someone is aggressively looking for the best prices on a new coffee machine but spends days searching the internet, scouring the sales fliers, and such, then realistically the opportunity cost of that item is too high... they could've made more money working in that time than they saved over buying it retail.
The exception to the impulsive bargain hunter is someone who does it for a living, and the number of people doing it is growing pretty fast. Imagine if you spot a time limited sale, say one hour, on a $150 Espresso Machine, that is on sale for $55 while supplies last or for one hour (think Amazon's Gold Deals, for example). You could easily buy that and then turn around and list it, new in box, on eBay or even on Craigslist in some cases, and make $40 - $50 safely; people do it for a living. But for most of us we can get in to trouble by being impulsive because we buy stuff we don't need or that isn't so easy to resell. A perceived bargain doesn't mean it is a real one. Retailers almost always show a "list" or "manufacturer's" price, then compare it to their "sale" price, to entice you to buy; their list price may be far from the price that the item is actually selling for.
Make Two Lists
Because of that I propose that you make two lists. The first list is made up of those things that you know you are wanting to buy or that you need. Perhaps it's an appliance or a new electric toothbrush, whatever, but make the list so that you can compare prices as you find them. Having it in a MS Word, Excel, or other format is best because then when you find a new, lower price you can simply update your list and keep working your way down until you think it's as cheap as you can find; list the new updated source along with the new price, of course.
The second list are those items that you come across that seem to be really good deals. By listing them you accomplish two major objectives. First, and perhaps most importantly, you slow yourself down from buying right now, and second you allow yourself the opportunity to search some more to find out if it's really a good deal. I've bought plenty of things thinking that I was really getting a steal, only to see it later for a lower price. Having your lists in electronic form makes updating and sorting it much easier, as well.
Check For Coupon or Promo Codes
Another very important tip is to NEVER buy online until you have checked all of your usual coupon and promo code websites. Many times you can get an additional percentage off, or free shipping, and sometimes there are even free gifts with a promo code. All of the major sites, and most others, have promo or coupon codes from time to time. Check the list I've provided below and be sure to use them... there is a significant amount of money at stake. Of course if it's listing on a 1daysale site and quantities are limited, then perhaps you'll have to pull the trigger quicker than you normally would.
Research Actual Product Sales
If you are a reseller, that is you buy cheap and then re-sell the items for a living, then you probably already know this tip. But for others it might be a new idea. If you're looking at an item as a possible resell candidate, go to eBay and do a search of completed auctions for the item you're considering. Doing this will give you an idea of what they're going for, and it allows you to better calculate your potential profit margin. You can also search Craigslist for the item and see if similar items are listed and what the asking prices are, but that doesn't give you an idea of how many of them are actually selling.
Quality & Price Go Hand in Hand
You must always understand that quality and price are intertwined like rain and water. You may very well find a new electric tooth brush that is only .5 cents plus shipping, but in virtually all cases it will be a very poorly made one, The same holds true for ALL items you might buy. Make sure you understand this and compare brands and not simply generic items. Now if your research shows that the tooth brush (same brand and model) is really being sold much higher elsewhere, then you know you've found a good deal.
Quick Final Price Check
My final tip for bargain hunters is to use the Google and/or Bing "shopping" function to search for the item you've found on sale, to get one last look at what others are selling the same item for. Sort the results by price and compare the lowest price you find to the asking price of your item. If you apply good common sense and patience to your quest for the daily steals, you are much more likely to actually be successful and happy with your bargains.
Always check out Amazon's Gold Box Daily Deals
A bargain is something you can't use at a price you can't resist.
~ Franklin P. Jones
These are some of my favorite sites that will work for you, free, to find the best bargains on the things you are specifically look for. All of these notify you via e-mail if the product you are looking for has gone on sale somewhere. Having access to, and using, sites like these are truly invaluable if you're seriously looking for the deepest price cuts and biggest savings because as you know, the good deals go fast; the early bird truly does get the worm.
It's critical for success on 1DaySale websites because very often they only have a limited quantity of an item so the really good deals sell out fast. Being alerted every morning of their daily offering makes it possible for you to keep track of many more sites. Rather than navigating your browser there each day you get the list if sale items delivered to you.
The sites in this category are also aggregate sites that list sales from all over the web. I've listed them separately from the others because of their value in the alerts they provide for free.
- Slick Deals
My FAVORITE of all deal and sale websites. This one is robust, has an active and rather large forum community, is free, and also (and perhaps most importantly) has a DEAL ALERT function which let's you set notifications for items you are wanting to b
- Deals 2 Buy
While Slick Deals is my favorite site, this one is a close 2nd. They also have deal alerts and they also scour not only one sale a day sites, but also large retailers, looking for and providing to you the best deals, some of them really amazing. Like
- Deal Catcher
I really like this one, too, and I believe it was the first site I discovered years ago when I first learned about these online bargain hunters. Another site that is useful for hunters of 1daysale sites.
- Steep And Cheap
I mentioned this site earlier, but their browser add-on is the tool I use most frequently. For example, right now they have a women's Mountain Hardware Pyxis Fleece Jacket that retails for $109.95 on sale for $43.95. It's just an example, but they ha
- Zing Sale
ZingSale is a free price alert service that helps you save money on everything you want to buy! Just tell them what you want and they'll send you an email notification when it goes on sale. This is a pretty good service, too, and it let's you set you
- Tech Bargains
This is a site geared more towards gear and gadgets, but theoretically you can enter any search criteria for your alert. The service, which is also free, does not let you set a price threshold, however, so it's not as good as some of the others if yo
- Deal News
I like the layout of this site and the fact that in addition to e-mail alerts, they also have free phone apps to stay on top of things. High quality site. Like DealCatcher, this one is handy for keeping track of the best 1daysale websites and their d
- Price Grabber
Price Grabber is a pretty robust site and they offer not only deal alerts, but they also offer Apps for your iPad, iPhone or Android device.
- Price Pinx
This site is pretty cool and has a variety of options you can use to set and monitor alerts and price drops for items you're watching.
- Shop It To Me
They say that "you can think of Shop It To Me as your free personal online shopper." This free service is geared towards clothes. Essentially you list your favorite brand, style and size and they scour the web and watch, and send you an e-mail when t
Why I Prefer Online Shopping - A 1daysale online is much different than one in a retail store!
This is a crazy, if not hilarious, video of people going nuts on Black Friday. And it's precisely this chaos that makes shopping from your home so much more enjoyable. Is there anything worse than waiting in line for a "special" deal, only to find out that they only had enough for 10 people, and you weren't one of those 10? No thanks. Give me a cup of coffee, my comfy pants, and I'll save money the 2013 way!
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Here's some good tips on how to use coupons to get stuff free, and even earn cash in some cases, at stores like Target, Shaws and Wal-Mart. Use coupons on travel size items instead of larger sizes. For example, a $1 off any size coupon can get the items free if you shop from the travel size section, and sometimes, if the item is priced at less than $1, you'll end up with a credit and get cash back or paid towards the rest of your purchases.
- Retail Me Not
This is my go to website when I've found a sale or really good price online, and I want to maximize it with a coupon or promo code for that company. Say, for example, that OverStock has a really good sale and I want to buy something from them online,
This is another quality site that offers promo codes and coupons. It's a very clean and simple site to navigate.
- Tech Bargains
Geared toward tech items, as the name implies, this site is one of the daily deals sites that I visit, and they also have a section dedicated to finding coupons and codes.
- Coupon Cabin
They claim to have over 685,000 coupons and promo codes on their sites, and it always seems to have something for the items I've searched for. The point of these sites is to search a variety of them; if the one you normally use doesn't have a coupon,
I think most of us have heard of Groupon before... they got off to a pretty good start and had a loyal following, but I am not sure how popular their sales and discount offers are in light of the many other competitors out there. In Groupon's defense
- Half Off Deals
This site is similar to Groupon, in that it offers coupons to stores and businesses in your physical, geographical area. However, I admit that I use this site more and I do subscribe to their e-mail blast of half off deals in my town.
- Hip 2 Save
This site is quickly becoming one of my favorites, too. They have pages dedicated to Videos, Freebies, Coupons, Online Deals, Sweepstakes and Rewards. Have a look, I think you'll agree that it's awesome.
- Rather Be Shopping
If you have an iPhone you will love their free app which let's you enter the store(s) at which you like to shop most and they will send you new coupons for that store as they come out. You can search their coupons on product type, free shipping, etc.
“I always say shopping is cheaper than a psychiatrist.”
~ Tammy Faye Bakker
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The "Aggregate" bargain sites are those that search for, and link to, sales on other websites. On the other hand, the One Sale A Day websites typically list and sell their own stock, so obviously they only go until they are sold out.
What you need to do with these aggregate sites is find the one(s) you like the best and make them your default... there are too many sites to visit them all every day. It's also worth noting that some of the sites like Daily Steals actually scours all stores, while some of the sites like DOD Tracker only list sales from "One Sale A Day" websites.
- Daily Steals
This site has a variety of sales, but most are gadget or tech related. They list one item that is on sale for a specified time.
- 1 Sale A Day
This is possibly the most popular One Sale A Day website, and for good reason. They typically have really good daily steals.
- Today's DOD (Deal of the Day)
This site has had some pretty good deals. It links to sales on other websites, and registered users can also create e-mail alerts, though I haven't tried the alerts from this site yet. They link to One Sale a Day sites so you can see at a glance what
- DOD Tracker
This is another DOD site that aggregates deals from various other sites, so it gives you a quicker snapshot of what's available.
What listing would be complete without Woot? This is a really fun site that sometimes has a great sale, and at other times it's some cheap gadget. But Woot is Woot, and people go there for the fun environment.
- Midnight Box
They have 6 sales a day, and it's hit or miss if any of them are good deals or not. It's worth keeping an eye on, especially around Christmas when you're looking to buy gifts for a lot of people.
This is a simple "one sale at a time" website, and the sales rotate every hour or two. Yugster is a simple and clean site, and also has tabs for "Yours Until Gone" and "Last Chance" deals.
Do you have a geek or gadget guy or gal in your life? Are you one? If so, then this is the site for you. They seem to have some pretty good deals. I've compared some of their items to what I could find on the web and they are consistently providing g
This is another pretty good site that scours much of the web for some pretty good deals and bargains... I would check it out and see what you think.
- Deal Sucker
Deal Sucker has made strides to become a top tier dealsite, and they have separate pages for "Cash Back," "Reviews Forum," "Hot Deals," and "Local Deals." I suspect that this site will continue to grow in popularity.
“Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.”
~ Oscar Wilde
These are sites that offer freebies and/or great value, or have great value to all of us. For example, the first listing, Freecycle, is something that I think everyone should be aware of and be a part of. All in all, I hope that you'll find these sites helpful and that you'll let me know of any sites, in any category, that should be added to the list.
I really LOVE this site and their goal of helping people help other people. I have used this site myself to give away furniture that was being replaced and wasn't worth a whole lot, but which I knew would help someone else out. It is free and communi
- Totally Free Stuff
The name literally says it all. :)
- Free Sample
A surprisingly good resource for finding companies that are giving away free samples, from razors to toothpaste.
I'm listing this because there are still people who haven't heard of Fiverr. Essentially it's a site with LOT'S of people who are willing to do any sort of thing for $5... from helping with your website to artists who will draw your portrait from a p
- Free Conference Call
I've used this professionally and personally for many years. It's great for large family phone conferences, too.
- Giveaway Of The Day
This is a software related site that works with developers to give away free FULL VERSIONS of their software to members of the site. Membership is free and I've been a member to this one for years as well. Sometimes the offering is awesome, sometimes
- Free Mania
This site has everything from coupons to samples, and from deals to rewards. You can set up e-mail or text alerts... a really nice site that I think you'll enjoy.
- Get It Free
This is a site that lists freebies, giveaways and samples from all over the web and from virtually all retailers.
- My Savings
This site lists coupons, deals and free samples from a LOT of different sources. Worth your time.
- Snag Free Samples - Free Samples By Mail
This site allows you to sign up for their daily newsletter which alerts you to the latest and fresh freebies that you can grab. Check it out.
If you involve your whole family, and share the fun and joy of finding bargains and also share the wealth of that savings, it can truly become a way of life with huge benefits.
“I buy expensive suits. They just look cheap on me.”
~ Warren Buffet
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