A now-annual tradition, for the upcoming holidays this month I’m sharing my favorite online shopping places and tips.
The first place I check is www.amazon.com. In addition to good prices, there are also usually great reviews of the items I am considering. You should consider their Prime service to get free 2-day shipping and a host of other benefits (Prime Instant Video, Prime Music, unlimited photo storage in Amazon Cloud Drive, early access to deals, Kindle Owner’s Lending Library, and you can even share the membership for up to 4 household members). For electronic purchases, I also check out www.newegg.com, www.tigerdirect.com, and www.rakuten.com (formerly Buy.com). These all have great selections and low prices.
To investigate electronic products, I always check out www.cnet.com. They usually have some consideration of the product I am looking into and I have found them to be spot on. Another good resource for in-depth reviews is www.thewirecutter.com.
When you have settled on a purchase, don't forget to check to see if there are any online coupons or discounts. More often than not, a discount code exists somewhere, especially for the more traditional retailers. Good sites to check are www.retailmenot.com, www.coupons.com, and www.savings.com.
Lastly, be sure to be safe when shopping online. Ensure that the site is secured (look for a padlock icon in the address bar and an "s" in the URL address ("Https:"). Consider using PayPal or another payment service so that the vendors don't have your credit card information.
I hope this information helps you save some time and money when shopping this holiday season!