Five of the best money-saving websites
Nothing beats the buzz of finding a bargain but trawling the net for the best deal can be a chore. Here, we take a look at new or improved websites taking the misery out of shopping around.
Tell Flubit what you want to buy and where you found it and it will try to get you a better deal. Unlike 'shop bots' such as Pricerunner or Kelkoo, it doesn't just scour the net for the best price but goes direct to the retailer to negotiate a better price. It reckons it can help 98% of customers, saving them 15% on average.
For example, Moneywise found the new 16GB iPad sold for £399 in Currys. Flubit negotiated a price of £369.47 for us, at a saving of 7%. Once you've received your offer, simply buy the item through the Flubit website. Postage is usually included in the price you are offered.
The only downside is that flubit.com doesn't offer instant results – you may have to wait 48 hours for a response.
You will probably already be aware of price comparison site mysupermarket.com but Moneywise particularly likes a new feature that pays you money every time you buy an item from the 'cashback' shelf.
As we went to press, the site was offering 20p back on a £1 Kingsmill loaf, £1 on a £1.49 Goodfella's pizza and 50p on a £1.24 Yeo Valley pot of yogurt.
There are not many cashback offers on everyday essentials such as milk and eggs but a spokesperson for the site says there will be a wider choice in future, and he expects the number of cashback offers to more than double by the end of the year.
Mysupermarket aims to pay the cash back into your Paypal account within a week.
3. DEAL ZIPPY
Deal Zippy gathers the best offers from daily deal sites including Groupon, Wowcher and Savvy Mummys, saving you the hassle of trawling through them all.
You can shop by category or get an overview of what's being offered on popular sites. Each listing tells you the savings you can make, where to get them and how long the deal's available.
At the time of writing, it was offering a 46-inch Toshiba 3D Smart TV for £579 – a saving of 42%. Deal Zippy is not new but it was recently expanded, making it a must-visit site for any savvy shopper.
4. HAVE YOU SEEN
Once you've bagged a great deal online, use haveyouseen.com to tell your friends about it to make some money.
Whether you've bought a bargain spa day or a golfing break, simply paste the link into haveyouseen.com or hit share on the task bar to share details with friends on Twitter, Facebook, Google or plain old email.
Each time someone buys the product via your link you earn commission, usually about 5%. You can then transfer your earnings into your PayPal or bank account.
Keep it for yourself or share it with the friends who bought products through your link.
Check out LivingSocial if you want to find deals for independent restaurants and businesses where you live. The site covers a growing list of cities, where deals are offered by local businesses rather than just national chains. Sign up for emails to keep track of what's available.
The site includes deals on everything from family activities to health and beauty treatments. Unlike other voucher sites it also covers cities overseas, so check it out next time you go away.