Best Tools to Save on Online Shopping

Here's how to save big every time you place an online order.

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To land the best price when you're shopping online, be sure to use all of the tools at your disposal. Here are several online shopping tools and price comparison sites we like:

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Sites such as CouponSherpa.com (opens in new tab) and RetailMeNot.com (opens in new tab) have coupons for a wide variety of products. But instead of taking the time to hunt down discount codes every time you shop online, install a deal-finding tool to do the research for you. PriceBlink (opens in new tab), a browser extension for Chrome, Fire­fox and Safari, stays invisible until you visit a website where it detects savings. You'll be alerted with a list of ways to save money, including coupon codes, free shipping, price reductions and membership discounts. Plus, when you click on a specific product, another alert will pop up flagging retailers that carry the same product for a lower price.

Honey (opens in new tab), a browser extension for Chrome, Firefox, Opera and Safari, also scans the web for coupons while you shop at supported retailers, and it will automatically apply them at checkout (click on the "save money" pop-up). If coupons cannot be combined, it will choose the one that saves you the most. At Amazon (opens in new tab), Honey finds the lowest price for a product among all sellers.

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PriceGrabber.com (opens in new tab) can help you compare prices across sites. For prescriptions, visit GoodRX.com (opens in new tab) to compare prices at local pharmacies and print coupons good for up to 80% off. Daily deal sites Groupon.com (opens in new tab) and LivingSocial.com (opens in new tab) can also help you snag discounts for products, travel and restaurants. But instead of waiting to receive the daily e-mails, search the sites while you're shopping. Recent deals at Groupon included half-off electronic gift cards for CVS, Dunkin' Donuts, Toys "R" Us and Uber, as well as local restaurants and services.

Kaitlin Pitsker
Associate Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance
Pitsker joined Kiplinger in the summer of 2012. Previously, she interned at the Post-Standard newspaper in Syracuse, N.Y., and with Chronogram magazine in Kingston, N.Y. She holds a BS in magazine journalism from Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.