Guest Post Written by Sam Phillips
Saving money is becoming more and more important as many people are looking at ways to invest for the future. One option is to use a tax-free ISA. With the start of a new financial year, it’s important to make full use of the ISA allowance 2012.
However, in times of economic hardship, putting away savings can be difficult as the cost of living is constantly increasing. People are looking for ways to save money, whether it’s utility and household bills or everyday items such as groceries and clothing.
Online shopping provides a convenient way to look for the best deals available. Many sites offer price-comparison information or discounts that can help you save money.
The popularity and success of online shopping has increased year on year. Figures from IMRG Capgemini e-Retail Sales Index show that global online sales accounted for $95.5bn in 2010, 18% more than in 2009.
Here is a selection of the best websites for online shopping that can save you money.
This is a site that offers deals on many branded and market-leading products. Ben’s Bargains has a function that allows users to track certain items and then updates them when they are in stock.
BensBargains.net is dominated by electronics goods such as computers, laptops, televisions and accessories but there is a wide range of other consumer products available.
When companies struggle to sell certain items, they often end up on sites such as Overstock.com. Excess inventory, liquidated merchandise and discontinued stock are sold at discounted rates. The site also features an online auction and partner site for bulk buying.
In addition to being a website that customers can buy everyday goods from, Overstock.com also provides a marketplace for car listings and real estate.
Targeted at the bargain hunters, FatWallet offers coupons and money-back incentives. Major retailers featured on the site include electronics specialists such as Apple and Sony and supermarket chains such as Wal-Mart. It also features products from financial companies.
FatWallet also acts as a price-comparison website that saves users from having to search for the best deal across many sites.
As a price-comparison site, PriceGrabber provides shoppers with information rather than discounts on actual products. It gathers information for customers to compare product reviews and prices.
PriceGrabber is used by other online shopping sites such as AOL Shopping, Bing Shopping and CNET as a source of data.
This is a website that offers branded products at bargain prices. It is operated by a group of online retailers and often provides discounts of up to 70%. The site’s products come from cancelled orders or excess stock.
Customers can visit every day for a host of new items for sale. Often, these items are sold in limited quantities so shoppers have to be quick to grab a bargain.
Sam Phillips is a journalist who specialises in personal finance and has written extensively about how people can best use their ISA allowance 2012.