E-Savings: Bargain websites that will save you money
Shopping online has long been known to save people money. But if you know which websites to target, you can easily double or triple your savings, and without having to splurge for bulk. Hitting up niche discount websites that focus on specific industries will assure that you get the best price possible. Keep reading for five websites that'll save you a bundle on everything from beauty and household products to food and electronics.
Save on Makeup
Only the girl who swears by brand names will shun these low-cost beacons of beauty products. Eyes, Lips, Face (aka ELF) is a budget beauty label that offers its wares online at ridiculously low prices. Wanna try out some electric blue eye shadow or some flirty false eyelashes? It'll only cost you a buck!
Clearly, it's no Lancome, but if you're looking to stock up on makeup, you can't go wrong with ELF's eyeshadows, lip gloss, lipsticks, and concealers in a rainbow of colors that range in price from $1 to $3 for individual products. The beauty product website also offers entire makeup sets in the $5 to $12 range. It's so cheap, you'd be hard pressed to find better deals at your local dollar store.
Save on cleaning Products
Alice.com is what happens when you mix one part Mr Clean with one part Facebook. Instead of being just a basic discount e-commerce website, it has added an element of social networking by providing a community for shoppers to discuss budgets, coupons and saving. On top of that, the site's web software tracks your spending in different categories and formulates a budget for your monthly shopping -- all for free.
The site promotes a daily coupon on top of already low prices, and feature just about every household product imaginable. Additionally, alerts on the website notify you when it's been a while since you've ordered a certain product, which helps eliminate those annoying late night schleps to the drugstore for toilet paper.
Save on food
While not everything on eFoodDepot.com is cheaper than you'd find in a brick and mortar grocery store, the grocery website still has some fantastic deals. But like most good things, you sometimes have to do a little bit of digging. One major highlight of this site is the way food is broken down -- not by type, but by ethnicity.
Unlike most grocery stores, this food website offers a robust array of foreign foods and delicacies. In fact, some of the cheapest foods and best deals can be found in the "Indonesian" and "Thailand" food sections. One recent eye-catching deal was packages of Tom Yum soup mix for a mere $0.55.
Save on Household wares
Pearl River Mart, while unknown in most places, has physical locations in New York City as well as a presence online at PearlRiver.com. It's the go-to hub for many New Yorkers who regularly shop for utensils, soap, place mats, dishes and other miscellaneous kitchen and home accoutrement.
The prices rarely run above $10 for pots, pans and cooking utensils. A large nonstick carbon steel wok will run you $9.50, a set of spatulas only $2.25, and a 2 tier wooden steamer is $5.50. Though the majority of online items have a Chinese theme, you can get everything from home furnishing and window blinds to kitchenware and wall décor.
Save on electronics
Woot.com products vary, but are usually computers, computer parts and electronics. The high-trafficked website features one product at a steep discount every day, and because of the large discount, they sell out very quickly. Checking the website early in the morning is highly recommended, since once a product sells out, it's done. Recent deals have included digital headphones with travel case for $0.99 and a dual core desktop computer (with keyboard, mouse, and speakers) for $319.
Woot isn't new to the online deal scene, having been around since 2004. But with the site's vast popularity on the web, they've expanded to include kids.woot, shirt.woot, sellout.woot, and wine.woot, all of which include great miscellaneous deals and steals.
Do you have a favorite bargain website that saves you a lot of dough? Let us know in the Comments section below.
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