11 Websites That Offer Major Steals

posted: 12/14/15
by: Katie Morton

Being a savvy consumer is all about knowing where to find too-good-to-be-true deals. Here are a few websites where you can get the most bang for your hard-earned bucks.

1. Beauty: Ulta

Ulta carries a vast selection of make-up, beauty, and hair care products. Most of the items are already reasonably priced, but the site often boosts savings with various coupons and 20 percent sales. The price point of the Ulta brand line appeals to the budget-conscious beauty maven.

2. Fashion: Ideel

Ideel offers discounted prices on quality fashions with their flash-sale site. Ideel carries a range of women's designer apparel, in addition to shoes, accessories, handbags, and a newer men's line.

3. Luxury Experiences: Gilt City

Gilt City (or Gilt National) offers deals on luxury experiences. From presale theatre tickets to deep discounts on dining at local hip spots to boutique fitness class deals, Gilt offers discounted sales on high-end entertainment.

4. Travel: Kayak

Travel is a huge industry, so there are hundreds of discounted travel sites to wade through when booking plane tickets, car rentals, or hotels. Kayak does the work for you: it searches the travel sites for you and shows the best deals to compare.

5. Groceries: RetailMeNot

RetailMeNot embraces the resurgence of the grocery coupon. Use this site to find printable coupons on your grocery store stock-ups, as well as promo and shipping codes to save money on other sites.

6. Restaurants: Blackboard Eats

We've all heard of restaurant deals on Groupon, but Blackboard Eats is the one the gets the buzz from foodies for top-rated dining deals. You can subscribe to their emails for free, or join the VIP program for $25 per year to expand your perks. Those who dine out frequently say it's worth it!

7. Furniture: Overstock

Furnishing a home can rack up huge bills, fast! Overstock sells overstocked furniture at super discounted prices, as well as home, garden, bedding, and bath necessities. Shopping for furniture sight-unseen can be tricky, but Overstock takes some of the guesswork out of it by providing user reviews of their products to ensure buyer satisfaction.

8. Kids: Zulily

Zulily offers clothes, toys, car seats, strollers and other kids' accessories at steeply discounted prices. Perfect for baby shower gifts, expecting couples, or growing families.

9. Free Stuff: Freecycle

The nonprofit site Freecycle is run entirely by volunteers to prompt reusing and recycling. You can find donations that range from used TVs, to outgrown bikes, to kids' clothing. While the items are offered "as is" and "you pick up"--this site is worth a look for those on a tight budget, college students looking for dorm furnishings, or those who are eco-conscious about recycling consumer goods. You can't beat free!

10. Electronics: Slickdeals

Slickdeals uses community-driven voting to compile the best-rated online deals. You can usually find top savings on electronics here. Check it out when shopping for TVs, computers, or similar big-ticket items.

11. Everything Else Under the Sun: Amazon

We saved the most obvious for last. By now, you've certainly heard of the online shopping behemoth Amazon! You can use Amazon to search reviews for products, compare the best prices to other sites, and to search for a used version of the item you seek to purchase. Plus, they have daily deals where you can snag a variety of items. Spring for a $99 Prime membership, and get free two-day shipping all year long, plus access to a selection of free ebooks, streaming music, movies, and TV shows.

Happy shopping, and enjoy your savings.