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Five Websites You Should Utilize

With these five websites in your back pocket, you can stop the constant searching and start saving.

Aug 22, 2014

Thanks to our beloved (and pretty much constant) Internet access, tracking down major discounts has become as easy as swipe, type, and score. However, it still takes a little effort on your part. Here are five websites you should familiarize yourself with, so that the next time you’re in the market for a specific item, you can nab it at the best possible price.

DealNews

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This fantastic website does a lot of the dirty work for you. DealNews tracks promotions from every online source and consolidates them in one streamlined location, so you can save money with ease (and without searching far and wide). Plus, it covers a wide range of offers, everything from tech gadgets to takeout orders. The site’s forums enjoy lively user participation, which is quite helpful for legitimizing deals and sharing tips with others. DealNews is more than a website — it’s a bargain-hunting community.

HauteLook

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A popular division of Nordstrom, HauteLook runs two-day flash deals. If you’re in need of high-quality clothing, shoes, and accessories for men, women, and children, as well as décor, beauty, and kitchen products, this is the site for you. HauteLook’s flexible policies let you return unwanted items for up to 90 days by either shipping them back, or by taking them to a Nordstrom Rack store. When it comes to shoes, handbags, and semiformal attire, HauteLook has the stylish hookups for less.

Amazon

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Sure, everyone knows that Amazon.com is a great place to get deals on books and all sorts of other gear, but the mega-retailer is being underutilized in another side of its business. In fact, it has an entire branch dedicated to helping people save money on groceries. Amazon promotes a service called “Subscribe & Save,” which gives customers the opportunity to save 15% when they set up a monthly subscription for five or more products. There’s no fee to join, every shipment is free, you can cancel anytime, and you only pay for items when they ship. If you consume the same products regularly (such as diapers, cereal, and snack foods), Amazon.com/grocery is a simple way to improve your budget.

HomeAway

homeaway.com
One lesser-known tactic for saving money when you’re headed out of town for vacation is to book a rental property instead of a hotel. Not only do apartment, home, and condo rentals give you and your travel companions more space and amenities, but they also allow you to cook in and save money on food. HomeAway touts over one million vacation listings worldwide, providing deals that become once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

Zions AmaZing Deals®

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Of course, for Zions Bank Visa® cardholders there’s an even more exclusive opportunity to extend the saving power of your dollars: the AmaZing Deals program. With a number of “show your phone” coupons and cash back incentives, the rewards programs mobile app locates nearby deals for restaurants, shopping, and more. At certain businesses, using your Zions credit card earn you 10, 20, or even 50% cash back. Plus, certain online purchases from major retailers, including Target.com, Gap.com, Starbucks.com, and ToysRUs.com could qualify for up to 20% cash back.

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