Blogging’s Dirty Little Secrets – sites that help your online shopping

November 14, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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In this latest edition of Blogging’s Dirty Little Secrets, I thought I’d show you where you can find the best deals on the items you’re searching for this Christmas season without having to rely upon a money-saving site, not even this one!

Why am I showing you the tricks of the trade?  During the holiday season, people are looking for so many different items and deals, it’s hard to keep up. Heck, during the non-holiday shopping season, there aren’t enough hours in the day to tell you about everything!

But let’s face it, even if Kristin and I did have the time to sit on the computer all day long and give you the deals as they roll in, who would want to live like that?  Green Bay Consumer is only a part of our lives.  Besides, something we think is a hot deal may not be that interesting to you. That’s why we’re giving you the information on where you can go to find the deals. You can choose what, if anything, you want to do with it.

I used to scour Amazon and other company websites to find the deals on my own. Then I started wondering why and how all the bigger money-saving blogs all mentioned the same deals (some of which came a day or two after I had literally scrounged them up myself). That’s when I discovered something called aggregate sites that search the web for you and tell you the hottest deals around.

Here are some of the sites I use to find the deals scorching up the internet.

Deal Catcher: This site combs over Amazon, Best Buy, NewEgg, Buy.com, eBay, some of the major department stores and more.  You can subscribe to deal alerts by entering key words. If you’re interested in any toy deals, just enter Toys. If you’re looking for something specific, enter LEGO or American Girl into the parameters and enter the email address where you want the information sent. I use the RSS Feed and love it.  They are also on Twitter, too

Slick Deals is a discussion board-based website I’ve used for years.  They also have a section for Hot Deals and you can subscribe to updates for a variety of topics as well.  They also have a Twitter feed.

Deal News: similar to the other two sites with all the same options

Amazon.com.  Of course I’m going to mention my favorite online retailer!  When you’re on the Amazon website, go to their Gold Box deal of the day.  Above the Lightning Deals, you’ll see “Stay connected via email….”  It looks like this:

Use the drop-down arrow and choose how you want to get information from Amazon.

There you have it.  That and a few other Favorite Sites are all I use to find online deals.  And you know what?  I  haven’t missed a major deal since I started doing this!

Blogging’s Dirty Little Secrets Part Two – other Blogs

November 13, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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In this latest edition of Blogging’s Dirty Little Secrets, I’d like to discuss the hundreds of other sites out there in the same vein as Green Bay Consumer.

When I started my original website, I think I followed more than 50 money-saving blogs and websites, trying to find the best online deals to share with readers here in Northeastern Wisconsin.   I was so afraid of missing a deal! 

After a Green Bay Consumer post went viral (which, BTW, was a VERY cool thing), I discovered at least 100 other sites!  As time passed  literally hundreds of new sites popped up besides those, too.  However, I find myself  now following less than ten money-saving sites.  That’s it!

Why the big change? Two words: information overload.  My head was ready to implode from the amount of stuff I sifted through!  On any given day I had more than 1000 posts to read from other bloggers.

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Blogging’s Dirty Little Secrets – Affiliate links

November 12, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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Bloggers have a dirty little secret that some don’t want you to know about: they make money off their websites with something called affiliate links.

Are you surprised?  I hope not because we’ve mentioned it more than a few times here on Green Bay Consumer.

When I first started using the internet in my quest to find the best deals around, I followed a lot of different blogs and websites.  Then I figured out that some were actually making money doing it.  It made sense that if they had ads on their site they were making money.   However, I didn’t completely understand how.

If you look at almost ANY website, profit or non-profit, there will be a Disclosure policy.  There’s one here on Green Bay Consumer, too and has been since the beginning.  It simply states that the owners of the site and Kristin and I may or may not be compensated for certain posts.  We also have ads on the right hand side of the site that help generate money.  We’ve always tried to be upfront about that.

If the owners of the site and Kristin and I really wanted to, we could monetize the snot out of this site and do a bunch of different things to make more money.    However, it’s not the main reason we do this.

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Blogging’s Dirty Little Secrets Part 3 – sites that help you shop

December 16, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Coupons, Shopping 

In this latest edition of Blogging’s Dirty Little Secrets, I thought I’d show you where you can find the best deals on the items you’re searching for this Christmas season without having to rely upon a money-saving site, not even this one!

Why am I showing you the tricks of the trade?  During the holiday season, people are looking for so many different items and deals, it’s hard to keep up. Heck, during the non-holiday shopping season, there aren’t enough hours in the day to tell you about everything!

But let’s face it, even if I did have the time to sit on the computer all day long and give you the deals as they roll in, who would want to live like that?  Green Bay Consumer is only a part of my life.  Besides, something I think is a hot deal may not be that interesting to you. That’s why I’m giving you the information on where you can go to find the deals. You can choose what, if anything, you want to do with it.

I used to scour Amazon and other company websites to find the deals on my own. Then I started wondering why and how all the bigger money-saving blogs all mentioned the same deals (some of which came a day or two after I had literally scrounged them up myself). That’s when I discovered something called aggregate sites that search the web for you and tell you the hottest deals around.

Here are some of the sites I use to find the deals scorching up the internet.

Deal Catcher: This site combs over Amazon, Best Buy, NewEgg, Buy.com, eBay, some of the major department stores and more.  You can subscribe to deal alerts by entering key words. If you’re interested in any toy deals, just enter Toys. If you’re looking for something specific, enter LEGO or American Girl into the parameters and enter the email address where you want the information sent. I use the RSS Feed and love it.  They are also on Twitter, too

Slick Deals is a discussion board-based website I’ve used for years.  They also have a section for Hot Deals and you can subscribe to updates for a variety of topics as well.  They also have a Twitter feed.

Deal News: similar to the other two sites with all the same options

Amazon.com.  Of course I’m going to mention my favorite online retailer!  When you’re on the Amazon website, go to their Gold Box deal of the day.  Above the Lightning Deals, you’ll see “Stay connected via email….”  It looks like this:

Use the drop-down arrow and choose how you want to get information from Amazon.

There you have it.  That and a few other Favorite Sites are all I use to find online deals.  And you know what?  I  haven’t missed a major deal since I started doing this!

If you’d like to read previous editions of Blogging’s Dirty Little Secrets, you can click here.

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