Claw Machine / Crane Sometimes finding a great deal online is like trying to win something out of a claw machine. The key is knowing how to beat the claw machines, and there are some techniques that can let you walk away a winner (watch the video at the end of this post).

Just like the claw machine you can also save a lot of money if you know where to look, and I’ve come up with a list of my favorite five places that I watch for great deals:

  • [RSS] – This is my favorite place to hunt down a deal because it has a huge community backing it up. If you want to find the deals before they hit the front page just watch the Hot Deals forum area [RSS]. If you create an account with them you can also setup keyword notifications for things such as “computers.” That way you’ll get emailed whenever a forum post matches your query.
  • FatWallet [RSS] – A site that is similar to SlickDeals. It has a very strong forum that receives hundreds of posts every day. Just like with SlickDeals you can get email alerts for keywords that you designate. Generally speaking the same things show up on here that show up on SlickDeals, but that’s because forum members from both sites copy off of each other.
  • DealsPlus [RSS] – I really like this site because it has an uncluttered interface, and an easy voting mechanism. The deals you’ll find here aren’t quite as amazing as those from FatWallet and SlickDeals, but it’s worth subscribing to the feed in my opinion.
  • Woot [RSS] – This is a pretty unique site in that sells one item per day at a significantly reduced price, and once it’s gone…it’s gone. I’ve actually found some great deals on their, such as a pocket hard drive, and you should checkout Ashley’s review of Woot for a more complete understanding of how it works.
  • DealCatcher [RSS] – This is my favorite place to search for coupons, and I always check for “promo” codes here before making a purchase at most online stores. If you’ve got some money burning a hole in your pocket hop on over to their page with the 50 most popular coupons.

I have a few other sites that I’ll check here and there, but I give the ones above the highest priority. You’ll notice that I included links to each of their RSS feeds as well, and that’s because it’s the easiest way to keep up with them. Let us know some of your favorite sites for saving money by dropping a comment below.

And finally let’s wrap things up with a video explanation on how to beat the claw machine: