In its first-ever Top 10 List issue, ShopSmart, from Consumer Reports, shares tons of ways shoppers can save when it comes to their money, time, and even their health. The "Greatest Money-Saving Websites of All Time" April 2014 cover feature taps into ShopSmart's experts' knowledge of bargain hunting and highlights the best websites and apps for saving money. Some are places to shop, others are tools – and all are must haves for shoppers looking to score a deal.
"There is nothing we love more than uncovering new ways to snag bargains and share them with our readers, " said Lisa Lee Freeman, editor-in-chief of ShopSmart. "We challenged ourselves to pull together top 10 lists that are worthwhile and work!"
Here are some selections from ShopSmart's Top 10 money-saving sites that can help shoppers stay within their budgets:
•PriceBlink.com for best sales alerts. Shoppers can download this deal-finder and it will run in the background when shopping online. Alerts pop up automatically if an item can be found elsewhere for less, or if there's a coupon for a particular item or retailer. PriceBlink also shows the price history, so consumers can see when it's a good time to buy, and sends price-drop alerts for those who decide to wait.
•Yipit.com for best daily discounts. Shoppers love the big savings that come with daily deals, but don't love the zillions of e-mails. At Yipit.com, sign up as a member and get one e-mail daily with deal offers from all of the sites users subscribe to, including Groupon, Living Social, and local sites. Shoppers can subscribe to targeted deals for babies, pets, travel, and more in the "Special Interest" section of the site.
•BaubleBar.com for affordable accessories. Shoppers can jazz it up their wardrobes with affordable jewelry that can't be found anywhere else. The site features all of the hottest trends, direct from the designers. ShopSmart experts love the range of styles, including dainty stacking rings and chunky statement necklaces. Start in the "Trending Now" section for the latest styles; many are in the $30 range.
•CouponsForChange.org for feel-good deals. Coupons.com's large inventory is tough to beat, but this spin-off does it one better, it gives users access to that same inventory but with a do-good element. For every three coupons a shopper uses, a hungry child gets a free meal through a partnership with Share Our Strength. Consumers can feel good about helping others as you help yourself to savings on your own grocery bills.
ShopSmart also recommends downloading these apps so shoppers can save wherever they go:
•Get This Love an outfit on TV? Find out where to buy it and also check out budget friendly alternatives. Works on: Apple
•Pirq Shop local and save. This app aggregates daily deals from mom-and-pop stores around town. Works on Android and Apple
•RedLaser An oldie but still a goodie. Scan bar codes to compare prices while you shop, plus find out about deals and coupons, store digital versions of your loyalty cards, and do a lot more. Works on: Android, Apple, and Windows
For the full list of ShopSmart's money-saving websites and apps, as well as additional tips for saving and Top 10 lists, pick up the April 2014 issue on newsstands now.
About Consumer Reports: Consumer Reports is the world's largest independent product-testing organization. Using its more than 50 labs, auto test center, and survey research center, the nonprofit rates thousands of products and services annually. Founded in 1936, Consumer Reports has over 8 million subscribers to its magazine, website, and other publications. Its advocacy division, Consumers Union, works for health reform, food and product safety, financial reform, and other consumer issues in Washington, D.C., the states, and in the marketplace.
About ShopSmart magazine: Launched in Fall 2006 by Consumer Reports, ShopSmart draws upon the publication's celebrated tradition of accepting no advertisements and providing unbiased product reviews. ShopSmart features product reviews, shopping tips on how to get the most out of products and "best of the best" lists. It's ideal for busy shoppers who place a premium on time. ShopSmart has a newsstand price of $4.99 and is available nationwide at major retailers including Barnes & Noble, Walmart, Kroger, Safeway and Publix. ShopSmart is available by subscription at www.ShopSmartmag.org.
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