Do you love saving money as much as we do? Whether you love to shop or dread it, you still get a thrill out of the hunt.
If you’re in a store and spot a shirt on sale for 75 percent off, that’s exciting. But when you remember you’re getting an extra 10 percent off for being a loyal customer, score!
Now, that’s exciting. The same goes for online shopping. When you find a really great deal, your heart starts racing.
Of course, all retailers have sales. Just think about Amazon Prime Day 2017. That’s the day when Amazon slashes prices on thousands of items. Maybe you were one of the millions of people who spent the day scrambling for bargains.
Psst! We hope you saved a lot of money. But if you didn’t use these two secret tricks, you probably didn’t save as much as you could have.
Bonus: Keep reading for a third way to save money on Amazon and other retailers.
Price tracking tools
If you’re a seasoned shopper, you know there’s always a deeper discount than the one you’re getting. If you’re in a store, for instance, and you’re about to buy an expensive outfit you might say the salesperson, “I shop here a lot. Can I get another 10% off?”
Or if you’re shopping for a big-ticket item like a refrigerator or a car, you can always walk out if they don’t give you free shipping or a complimentary warranty.
Of course, that’s a little tougher to do when you’re shopping online. You can’t easily find a customer service rep on websites to haggle with.
Fortunately, you don’t have to. There are loads of price-tracking tools online, like CamelCamelCamel and one we recently told you about called Keepa. It alerts you when the price drops on a product you’ve been wanting to buy.
These are websites and web extensions that help you save a few bucks. CamelCamelCamel works in much the same way as Keepa.
When you’re shopping on Amazon, you can go to CamelCamelCamel to get a price history on that specific product. You may discover that the deep discount you think you’re getting isn’t a discount at all.
You may see in its history that price frequently drops below the “sale price” you’re about to pay. Rather than buy now, you can wait until the price drops again.
Or, better yet, set up an alert for something you want to buy. CamelCamelCamel and other price trackers will let you know when the price drops.
Bonus: Try CamelCamelCamel’s Camelizer web extension. It will show you price histories without leaving Amazon.
Spot fake reviews
We’ve all been there. You see an ad for a product that sounds great, with a discounted price that sounds even better.
“Wow, I can get that whole set of power tools for $40!” Inevitably, when it arrives, it’s a shoddy product that you never use. That’s a waste of money, not a bargain.
The same thing happens with online shopping sites. You might read customer reviews for a product and think it sounds like something you want to buy. So, when it’s on sale for 75 percent off, you do!
Unfortunately, many online reviews are bogus. Sometimes, the company itself writes glowing reviews for a lousy product. Sometimes an overly enthusiastic customer writes reviews that show off their writing skills more than they reflect the product’s qualities.
Either way, you’re not getting the product that you read about. As it turns out, there are websites that can help you spot a fake review.
Most of these sites scan reviews for words and phrases that fake reviewers often use. They’ll also scan for bad grammar that may suggest that someone who speaks a different language is getting paid to write positive reviews.
You can use sites like ReviewMeta or FakeSpot to determine if a review is fake. They’re easy to use. With FakeSpot, for example, copy and paste an Amazon product onto its homepage. The site will almost instantly let you know if it’s a fake.
Bonus: Automatically apply coupons
Like we said earlier, there’s always one more discount you can get when shopping. Have you heard of web extensions like Honey?
They automatically search for coupons and discounts for products you’re about to buy on Amazon and other shopping sites. You simply download the web extension. When you’re shopping, you’ll usually see the web extension in the upper-right-hand side of your screen.
Watch this brief video to see how Honey works with Amazon.