Ask Deals: weed out the junk and find real savings

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Even though the economy is showing signs of improving, I think that all of us have realized the need to be smarter with our money. We’ve all seen too many people suffering from the consequences of careless spending and not enough saving.

The thing is, sometimes, it’s just hard to find the deals that are relevant to us. There are a lot of sites who post coupon and discount codes, and I love writing about them and sharing them with you. One common problem, however, tends to be the need to wade through a bunch of expired junk in order to get to the current deals.

Ask.com has launched Ask Deals to help remove that obstacle. Now, you have a place to find current and relevant deals. It does the searching and scanning and puts any current deals in one place, under organized categories.

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There are several ways to locate deals: by zip code/location, by category, by store, offers with only free shipping, offers expiring soon etc.

Each category also features a “deal of the day”, which you can sign up to have emailed to you daily.

It really is as simple as that. All of those savings will add up, so you can be prepared for a future rainy day.

Do you have a site that helps you save money? Share it with others in comments. I’ll highlight them all in a future post.

Save Money Using Discount Codes

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I bet that these days you are more actively looking for ways to save money.

What about when you shop online? Did you know that most sites offer deals and discount codes? You can sign up for every newsletter available and have them delivered into your inbox. Or, better yet: check out the following sites before shopping.

Each site is updated regularly.

RetailMeNot.com: find discount codes for things from clothing to printing to toys to garden supplies. The site is easy to use and locate codes. And the codes are easily copied to your clipboard to paste into your order form when you place your order. There’s even a helpful tutorial for getting the most out of the site.

DealLocker.com: discounts to stores such as Best Buy, Amazon, and Kohl’s are available. Also, you can rate your shopping experience and product on the site. Be sure to check out the reader reviews.

CouponCabin.com: an animated demo for learning to use the site is available.

CouponCodes4U.com: rebates are also listed.

Don’t pay full price. All it takes it a couple of moments to check these sites and locate savings.

Online After-Christmas Sales and Savings

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Wondering where the online deals are?

This year, they should be easy to find. After a dismal Christmas retail season, the worst in 50 years, retailers will be wooing you with deep discounts.

“Similar to Cyber-Monday, the post-Christmas time of the Holiday’s is another great time to shop online for deals on electronics and other sought-after items before ringing in 2009! Check out the deals at the following four merchants for online sales this weekend!

Continue reading at Associated Content for a brief roundup of shopping savings available online.

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