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Supercharge your Sunday circulars to find local deals

Written by Sam on December 2, 2009 – 12:56 pm -

One of the challenges with finding the best sales locally is the amount of work it takes. Sunday circulars – the mini-catalogs you find from local retailers in your Sunday newspaper – are a great way to find deals. However, there’s one big weakness with them – it’s hard to find specific items. You can spend hours pouring over the circulars looking for a specific item of interest.

ShopLocal.com solves that problem by putting the Sunday circulars online. You can browse through the actual circulars page by page or search by item. Once you search for an item you can refine your search by brand, price, or even store.

I use ShopLocal very frequently for items that I don’t want to pay shipping on or that I want right away. I will also buy locally vs online when I want the option of returning the item to the store if I have problems or aren’t satisfied. I find that I can often find prices at local retailers as low as I can online.

Check out this brief screencast showing you how ShopLocal works.

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How to shop and find amazing deals using RSS

Written by Sam on November 24, 2009 – 11:23 pm -

Yesterday I wrote several posts containing video tutorials on how to use RSS. Today the fun begins! I’ll show you how to use the same technology to be notified of amazing deals online. But even better, you can use RSS to be instantly notified when the EXACT ITEMS you want to buy go on sale or get discounted. The techniques I’ll be showing you in this post could literally save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars over time.

As an example, my sister bought a Yamaha piano – the digital kind that will play itself – using these techniques and saved thousands of dollars. She paid $2,500 for a piano that sells used on the market for $8,000. I wrote about her experience in a post about using RSS to buy items on craigslist.

Even if you use RSS all the time, I would encourage you to look at the 2nd and 3rd videos. They might just blow your mind and are only a couple minutes each.

What is RSS?

If you don’t know what RSS is, please view these posts from yesterday:

How to shop via RSS using preset feeds

In this video you’ll learn about using preset RSS feeds to find great discounts and sales. In this video I refer to a post post I wrote called RSS shopping site guide containing a list of shopping sites with RSS capability as well as links to their preset feeds. In this example I use the sites SpendFish.com and boddit.com.

How to shop for the EXACT items you want using a customized RSS feed

In this video I show you how to create a CUSTOMIZED RSS feed that will instantly show you when the exact item(s) you’re looking for go on sale or are discounted. If you’re looking to buy a specific item at a great price, this is a MUST WATCH video. In this example I use the RSS feed builder from SpendFish.com

How to shop for the EXACT items you want on Craigslist using a customized RSS feed

In this video I show you how to create an RSS feed from a specific search on Craigslist. Looking for a great deal from someone selling an ipod? You’ll get an instant update within seconds when someone posts an ipod for sale in your area.

How to receive instant notifications about discounts on item from your Amazon wishlist

In this video I show you how to create a customized feed using RSStalker to give you instant updates whenever there’s a price change on an item in your Amazon Wishlists.

Additional Resources

Lazy Man and Money also wrote about this topic and has a list of some additional deal sites you can check out.


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How to organize your RSS feeds

Written by Sam on November 24, 2009 – 11:17 pm -

This next video in a series of videos about RSS shows you how to organize your feeds in Google Reader so it’s easy to keep track of feeds as they accumulate.


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Using RSS in Internet Explorer (IE)

Written by Sam on November 24, 2009 – 4:47 pm -

This is the next video in a series about how to use RSS in general and specifically to find incredible deals shopping online.

So far all my videos have been in Firefox as will the rest of my videos. I wanted to take a brief moment to show how RSS works in Internet Explorer (IE). I also show you another method of adding a feed to Google Reader.

Stay tuned because tomorrow the fun stuff begins where I show you how to use this technology for finding incredible deals and even having the exact items your looking for come to you when they’re on sale requiring no effort on your part.


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How to subscribe to an RSS feed

Written by Sam on November 24, 2009 – 2:43 pm -

This is the second in a series of video tutorials that teach you how to use RSS in general for web browsing and specifically for finding incredible deals online.

In this video, I walk you through the process of subscribing to an RSS feed. Go go through a couple different ways of doing this. All the examples are using the Firefox browser. In the next video I’ll give an example using Internet Explorer (IE).

Enjoy.


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