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Lots of people shop online nowadays, or use the Internet to scope out the product that they’d like, and then buy at the local store; whether it be for the convenience, the prices, or a variety of different reasons. Now more than ever, there are  multiple ways that you can save money shopping on the Internet, or using the Internet as a tool with no coupons needed. Here are three different ways that you can save money:

–Price Protectr 2.0–

This is a fairly new service that will check stores’ website’s for price reductions for 30 days after you’ve purchased the product if they offer a 30 day price guarantee. They offer the service for purchases made from Amazon, Backbountry.com, Best Buy, Circuit City, Costco, Future Shop, Jensen USA, Office Max, Sears, or Target. After you’ve purchased the item whether it be online, or at the store, find the product online from the merchant and enter the product link at http://priceprotectr.com. They’ll look up the item, and show the price.  If everything checks out, then you enter in your email address, and they’ll watch for the price to drop.  If the prices drops during the 30 days, they’ll send you an email to let you know, and from there you can get your money back! The graph to the right shows the average price drop. While it appears that more items don’t drop than do, you can still save!

–PriceGrabber.com–

Okay, you’ve probably heard of PriceGrabber, but you may not know of EVERYTHING that it can do.  First of all, it’s an awesome comparison shopping tool, not to mention they have merchant reviews, rebates, coupons, etc.  One of their best features is one that I don’t think many people make use of, and that’s their ‘set price alert’ feature.  For this feature, you have to sign up for an account.  It’s simple, and easy, and literally took under a minute.  After getting an account, you’re able to set a price alert.  The picture below shows what this price alert feature looks like.

All you have to do is enter your target price.  From there, PriceGrabber will alert you by email when the retail price for the product that you’re interested in falls below the target price.  You can set filters like including only your selected merchants, or to exclude selected merchants. Merchants can change their price to compete within the blink of an eye, which makes this a really useful tool if you’re not looking to buy in an instant.

–NexTag–

Yet another comparison shopping tool is called NexTag, and what I like about their service is the Price History feature. Similar to PriceGrabber, NexTag will pull up a list of sellers, along with their ratings, and the price to give you an idea of where your best bargain would be. The Price History is what sets them apart. I searched for Microsoft Windows XP Professional Edition with Service Pack 2.  They found that the lowest price is $128.00, and then they provide a graph of the Price History which shows me the high and low prices, and when they were relative to the time of the year.

Armed with PriceProtectr and their 30 day money back guarantee helper, PriceGrabber with their price alert feature, and NexTag with their price history graphs, you should be able to find a great price on the web for whatever it is you’re looking to buy!