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How can I save money when shopping online?

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No matter your background, we all love getting a better deal. Below are a couple of ways to save money online.

Amazon
Amazon is a great place to check prices and get just about anything. Because of its size, it has great logistics and low shipping fees–sometimes none at all. It’s also a marketplace, meaning multiple sellers compete, which leads to better prices overall. Amazon is usually the easiest place to get new items, although used items are available as well. Amazon reviews provide a useful guide for consumers, as both an overall rating and with individual stories in those reviews.

eBay
eBay is the go-to place for used items. It’s an online auction site where you can find everything from baby socks to automobiles. Because there is a marketplace, sellers compete for your purchase, bringing down the price. On the other hand, because there are auctions, buyers compete for the product until it sells for whatever someone is willing to pay. There are some more complex models and variations but that’s pretty much it. It’s a real marketplace. Just make sure to read the description carefully and to check a seller’s ratings before making your bid.

DealOz
DealOz provides a great textbook price comparison engine, comparing major bookseller prices and making previous editions easy to find. They also have links to various coupons and include shipping estimates as well.

Big Stores
Walmart, KMart, and Target have online stores as well, sometimes with very competitive pricing and shipping options.

Retailmenot.com
This website offers discount codes and coupons for just about any website on and off of the net. Users rate the coupon codes, so you can very quickly know if one is worth trying.

Mailing Lists
If you like a specific store–sign up for their newsletter. Most send out special deals and coupons to bring you back in. Some send you birthday presents. There are also websites like Gilt, which offer exclusive deals on high quality items–kind of like a Groupon for nice clothes. On a similar note, Groupon itself now offers deals for specific items.

How do I find best deals on airline tickets?

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Follow tweets and news updates
Every airline company has a Twitter were they post their promotions and deals. You can find good deals on holidays and anniversary events.

Airline email alerts
Every airline has its own email subscription service. There is an option to subscribe to deals and price alerts. If you are looking for a specific flight/trip, you specify that online and it will constantly email you with an update of prices.

Buy ahead of time
You want to start a search for airline for any trip you are planning in the near future. The earlier you request dates, the cheaper the tickets will cost. The longer you wait, the more likely spots will be taken. Also make sure to buy tickets on Tuesday at 3p.m. ET, this is when sites upload most discounts.

Kayak’s price overview for planning
Kayak has a great tool that shows the daily prices for 1-way tickets. You can use this to find which days in a month or which months to aim your travel for. Use this and plan to plan your next trip.

Priceline’s “Name Your Price Tool” for last minute travel
If you are looking last minute, you can try Priceline’s Name Your Price tool, they will show the prices of recent purchases, which you can also use as a guide.

More tips at: Mashable Airline Discount Tips