5 Websites for Finding the Online Deals

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By Jessica D Festa

Sometimes you just want to indulge in some of the pleasures of life without breaking the bank. Taking a weekend jaunt to a little inn, getting an aromatherapy massage after a long day, unwrapping a stylish Bluetooth wristwatch, or letting someone else do the housework will enhance your quality of life and open your eyes to novel experiences. But, of course, if you’re constantly treating yourself and others, things can get expensive. Luckily, there are a number of online deals websites helping you discover the finer things in life on a budget, like:

  1. LivingSocial
    LivingSocial is a flash sale site where merchants offer deals marked down to the lowest possible price (typically over 60 percent off and sometimes more than 90 percent!). Imagine an $180 electric toothbrush for $35.99, a seven-day trip to the Azores (including flights) for $499, or a $220 acupuncture session for $59. The site is easily laid-out with submenus, so it’s almost impossible to not find something that will make your life a little easier and a little better. And, it’s great for gift ideas when you’re in a pinch.
  2. Restaurant.com
    If you find yourself craving the talents of local chefs, you’ll love Restaurant.com. Enter the zip code of where you’re trying to eat, then (if you’re not too hungry to make such decisions) the name of a restaurant or type of cuisine. The online deals site then populates an eateries list complete with mouthwatering photos, descriptions, and coupons that never expire. You may be able to buy a $25 gift certificate for $10 to a South African establishment to sample their saffron-laced seafood soup or farm-raised ostrich carpacchio, or a $100 gift certificate for $30 to experience an array of Spanish tapas, from garlic-sauteed octopus to herb-marinated pork tenderloin. Check out their special deals to add some entertainment to your night.
  3. Ebates.com
    Ebates offers not only great online deals, promo codes, and coupons, but cash back, too. They have more than 1,800 stores in their inventory, selling everything from clothing (like deals at Neiman Marcus!) to vacations, electronics, and beyond. Their referral program means you can earn money by getting friends to sign up and shop, too.
  4. CheapOair
    If you travel even once per year, you should have CheapOair in your budget planning arsenal. You can use CheapOair to find great prices on flights, cruises, and more. Just fill in the fields with your travel info, or take your pick of today’s flight deals. Try the “vacations” tab, and you can book an entire getaway (on a budget) with a few clicks of the mouse.
  5. Newegg
    There isn’t much you can’t find on Newegg, with daily deals, a marketplace spotlight and well-organized categories making it easy to find items. Don’t miss the Shell Shocker specials, the site’s most highly discounted items for “jaw-dropping savings.” Newegg offers premier membership with perks like expedited shipping, free returns, exclusive deals, and a private customer service line.

Find great gift ideas on LivingSocial.

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