3 Really Smart Ways to Track Deals Online
By on November 4th, 2009

Internet provides us with a huge number of opportunities to save money on shopping by giving us access to sites listing daily deals, coupons and sales. Actually, these sites and tools are so numerous that you may get lost. This post is about being picky and smart when choosing the ways to track online deals.

Also Read: 31 Places to Stop by Before Shopping Online to save big on deals

Monitor Deals with Twitter and Seesmic

is an awesome resource for the most recent updates on any topic. The only issue is that there’s so much buzz there that it is easy to be overwhelmed. There are a lot of useful tools that help to make sense of that buzz – I am sharing the one I am personally using: Seesmic.

Seesmic is a handy desktop application that runs on . It is really cool when it comes to creating customized Twitter search alerts. Let me show you:

1. Open Seesmic and search Twitter for the deals you are interested in (I was searching for [Dell coupons] for example)

seesmic_monitor_deals

2. You should see your search saved in the right-hand panel:

seesmic_coupon_search_saved

3. Whenever you click it, you will be taken to your search.

dell_coupon_search

4. Moreover, once there’s a new Tweet containing your search term, you’ll be notified by a small popup (for that you’ll need to configure the tool by going to Settings > Notifications and putting a tick next to "Notify about new search results"):

seesmic_settings

Create Your Customized Email Alerts

There are several tools allowing to customize email alerts be letting you choose what and how to track.

Buxr is a coupon codes and deals community that offers quite a few nifty features like contests, wish lists and deal alerts. The latter hides behind "Profile" link – it sends you the update based on the following settings:

  • The merchant name (or track all merchants);
  • Deal type (product, coupon, sale or all);
  • Search term (e.g. [laptops])

buxr_shopping_deal_alerts

PriceGrabber is another service that lets you track what you choose. It sends you an email alert once your chosen product price drops below the level you specify:

pricegrabber_deal_alerts

Use Trackle to Monitor Deals and Prices

Trackle is a web based tool (registration is required) that offers quite a few money-saving opportunities:

  • Monitor Craigslist sales;
  • Monitor updates on the New York Times Best Seller List;
  • Monitor store deals and coupons: there are over 500 stores available.
  • Monitor Amazon deals;
  • Monitor Shopping.com deals;
  • Track any product price (just provide the product URL and the target price).

Moreover you can configure it to send email alerts, instant alerts and even SMS alerts:

trackle_desktop_deal_alerts

Do you use coupons to save some money? Please share your thoughts!

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