Money Saving Monday Tip #13 – RSS For Deals

By glblguy

Best Deals In Town

As blog readers, many of you are most likely familiar with RSS as way of reading blog content and being notified of updates. If you aren’t familiar with RSS, then here’s an overview. There is also a site dedicated to RSS that provides some great info as well. In addition to reading blogs, RSS can also be used to find some of the best deals on the web. Here’s how:

RSS Feeds

There are a number of sites that provide RSS feeds containing updated “deals” from various online and brick and mortar shop. More notable feed suppliers include: BensBargains.net, CheapRSS.com, DealCatcher.com, DealNews, eDealInfo.com, Fatwallet.com, Hot-Deals, Passwird, SlickDeals.Net, Spoofee.com, Techbargains.com, and Woot.com.

I wouldn’t recommend viewing these on a day to day basis you will quickly find yourself buying things you don’t really need, exceeding your budget, and spending too much. Instead, use the search feature of your RSS Reader and search these feeds to see if there are any current deals on what you are looking to buy. Remember, it’s only a good deal if you were already planning to buy it and found it significantly cheaper than what you normally would have spent.

RSS Price/Item Watching

There are a few sites that use RSS technology to monitor prices for you and sites that compare prices for you. There is also a site called Price Protectr that will monitor for price drops after you make your purchase. Here are a few unique sites that use RSS and will further help you with finding the best deals:

Offertrax – Allows you to track items that interest you. Offertrax notifies you of price alerts for your products. You can also subscribe to other users “tracks”.

Stylefeeder – Hosts a community where shoppers can create profiles and build wish lists made up of products they’re interested in. They can then share these lists on other social-networking sites like Myspace. Friends can subscribe to users feeds and keep track of the users wanted items.

Mpire -  Online shopping site that provides shoppers with everything they need to find the best deals online. Users can find and compare prices from various retailers including some big names such as Target, Best Buy, Gap, Amazon, etc. They even have a slick Firefox plugin that lets you compare prices while looking at items online.

Do you use any RSS feeds to find good  deals? I so, please share them!


10 Responses (including trackbacks) to “Money Saving Monday Tip #13 – RSS For Deals”

  1. Lynnae @ Being Frugal Says:

    Now there’s a frugal idea I hadn’t thought of! I usually hit the bargain hunter message boards to find out about deals, but I might have to add an RSS feed or two….

    Thanks for the tip!

  2. Erin Says:

    I’m like Lynnae, I usually hit the message boards to find good deals. Never thought of using RSS? I mean I just started using RSS within the last 2 months or so to read blogs.

    Thanks glblguy!

  3. glblguy Says:

    @Lynnae and Erin – You’re welcome. I’ve found some things dirt cheap using the RSS feeds I listed, so it’s a great option, and takes far less time than visiting individual sites.

  4. Chief Family Officer Says:

    My favorite tool lately is the Firefox add-on, Coupon Craze. If you’re on a retail site, it will tell you all of the special offers. If obviously only works if you’re on the site of the store you want to buy from, but it’s awesome for coupons.

  5. Justin Says:

    My list includes several of your listings, plus thosenot mentioned by you

    http://morestuff4less.com/rss.xml
    http://techbargains.com/rss.xml
    http://www.totaldeals.com/rss/new.asp
    http://www.xpbargains.com/rss.php
    http://feeds.feedburner.com/1saleaday

    http://forums.anandtech.com/rss.aspx?forumid=1&catid=40
    http://bankdeals.blogspot.com/atom.xml

  6. glblguy Says:

    @CFO – That sounds like a great plugin. Here’s the link to it if others are interested ==> https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/5408

    @Justin – Thanks, added the new one’s to my reader!

  7. justin Says:

    FYI, offertrax has gone invite only

  8. glblguy Says:

    Interesting. Must be fairly recent as I only joined a few weeks back. I’ll see if I can get some invites.

  9. justin Says:

    The bankdeals one is great for high yielding savings news, CDs, etc.

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