Money Saving Monday Tip #13 – RSS For Deals
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:
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!