One of the things in life that gives me a cheap thrill is finding a deep-discount, clearance, bargain, or discontinued item in a store. My most memorable experience was 10 years ago when I wandered into the mall store, “Deb,” and purchased 20 sweaters for $1 each. I still wear them to work to this very day!
This low-level thrill-seeking discount hunting has definitely extended to online shopping. There are so many great sites you can compare prices on items but I’ve always been loyal to bizrate. However, over the past year, most retailers are now featuring their products on Amazon– so I pretty much use Amazon as a one-stop shop.
The first mobile app I downloaded for shopping last year was Groupon. I’m in the Washington DC metro area and this is a great site for super discounts on restaurants, sports and entertainment. I’ve also purchased car and home maintenance services through Groupon as well. I downloaded the Safeway mobile app earlier this year and save a lot of money with the convenience of not having to cut in store coupons.
One of my favorite online discount sites is Retail Me Not, which not only features the best deals in retail stores and online—but also features beaucoup online codes that you can use at online checkout for deeper discounts. I hadn’t tried the online mobile app so I downloaded this week. I wasn’t sure how you would use a coupon via mobile device, because some don’t have an actual coupon but usually say that no barcode required. There are comments from users for each of the offers and it appears that depending on the restaurant, store or other establishment–they are prepared to do what’s necessary to render your discount.
My online version sends me emails with freebies and this week they included free samples for Dove moisturizer, Arm & Hammer Radiant White Toothpaste, Remington hair elastics (for the first 10,000), Huggies, Loreal, Aveda, etc. They also have free food offers such as bowl of chili at the Waffle House, free breakfast at IKEA this Saturday before 11 a.m., Schlotsky free sandwich with purchase of drink and chips, etc. There are also tons of deep discounts on watches, shoes, clothes, jewelry, etc. There is even a free breathalyzer if you pay the $6.95 S&H.
You can customize your alerts on your mobile to whatever your heart desires. However, they don’t have the complete ability for a store like Safeway to replicate their mobile app. The best thing about Retail me Not is that I don’t see many stores or restaurants offering discounts that are not included. This is your one-stop-shop for discounts.
Yay! “Discount Daa-ble check!”