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15 Consumer Tools For Online Shopping

Posted by Jerry De Luca on Thursday, October 22, 2020

Everyone wants the best deal, including for shopping online. Over the years a number of web sites have been developed that help consumers save a ton of money. Below are many of the more popular ones that are also recommended by consumer advocates. The last four sites are the most widely used and highly acclaimed for protecting shoppers from frauds and scams. The Related Posts contain articles on a wide variety of consumer issues.

These two browser extensions are free. They can be added to Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or almost any web browser. They search the internet for discounts, coupons, and deals to bring you the lowest prices every time you shop.


“It's a browser extension which discreetly notifies you if the product or flights you're shopping for is available more cheaply from another retailer or travel site. The notification provides a convenient button which links you straight through to the relevant page on the competing website. It also provides a drop-down menu, so that you can see the prices at the other sites which sell that product or flight.”




“Finds the lowest prices: When you are viewing a product, PriceBlink automatically scans over 4,000 merchants for lower prices. Whatever you are shopping for -- from apparel to appliances, or toys to tools -- PriceBlink has you covered.

“Alerts you to money-saving coupons: With PriceBlink, money-saving coupons appear automatically when you're shopping at a store. No more searching for free shipping and discount codes that no longer work -- all of PriceBlink's coupons are reviewed by our deal editors.”


These price alert apps will notify you when the price for the items you are shopping for have dropped. 


“We are an Amazon price tracker that provides price drop alerts and price history charts for products sold by Amazon.”


----Shop It To Me

“Shop It To Me lets you know when stores first put your favorite items on sale in your size. Choose your favorite designers and get personalized sales when and where you want: on the Web, in a daily email or on your iPhone or Android device.”


---- Slickdeals

“How It Works: Slickdeals is the leading and most trusted online community dedicated to sharing, rating, and reviewing deals and coupons.

“Members Share Deals: Deal-savvy members find and share deals and coupons across a wide variety of products and retailers.

“Community Votes: Our community votes and offers helpful feedback on the best deals.

“Deal Editors Curate: Our team of experts curate the Slickdeals Frontpage with the best-of-the-best offers based on your votes and feedback.”


As you’re shopping in a store, price comparison apps find you a better deal from a competitor, online or brick and mortar locally.


“Professionally curated Deals from stores you like

Coupon Codes

Local Coupons for Nearby Stores

Barcode scanning

Alerts when items fall in price

Blog with articles to make you a more savvy shopper”



“ShopSavvy saves you money with all the sales from every store.”


Coupon apps will send you great discounts when you check out items in stores.

----Coupon Sherpa

“Coupon Sherpa is your ultimate guide to coupons and promo codes you can trust. Our website features verified discounts from a wide range of merchants. As the first-ever mobile coupon app to feature deals from over 100 popular stores, we’ve been in the business long enough to recognize a good deal when we see one. On top of in-store coupons and online coupon codes, the app and website also feature top grocery coupons and manufacturers to help families save money on food and household goods.

“While other coupon sites tout their size as an advantage, we believe smaller is better. Coupon Sherpa is managed by Kinoli Inc., a small business comprised of a dozen employees who are focused on finding the best coupons on the internet. In addition to discovering and testing promo codes and in-store discounts, we partner with top retailers to offer exclusive savings from your favorite stores. Like Sherpas, our small stature provides big results: our brand is recommended by top media outlets and depended on by millions of users.” 


Price adjustment apps link to your email and search the web after you charge something and get an e-receipt. If the price drops on a purchased item, they initiate the refund, but you may have to supply credit card info.


“Earny is your personal assistant who automatically notifies you of money saving opportunities on almost every item you buy. Earny finds better prices on items you’ve bought and gets you back the difference. His mission is to give you the confidence to purchase wherever and whenever you want, knowing you will never overpay for an item.”



“Browse the Marketplace: Shop gift cards from brands you love

Find a Deal: Get gift card deals and save.

Buy Right on Your Phone: Purchase gift cards and have them with you wherever you go. Use online and in-store.”



“You shop online: Enjoy shopping online as you normally would.

Paribus monitors prices: Paribus tracks your confirmation emails and watches for price changes so you don’t have to.

Get Money Back: You get money back

When we detect potential savings, we let you know and help you get money back.”




Use this service to check the online reputation of a website. Check if a website is a scam, check if a website is legit and trusted by other users.


----Howard Clark

As a leading consumer advocate and money expert, Clark Howard has been sharing practical advice to help people save more and spend less for more than 30 years.


----Help from the US Government

Complaints: Learn how to file complaints and complain more effectively to resolve common consumer problems.

Insurance: Learn about common types of insurance and how to choose the ones that make the most sense for you.

Money and Taxes: Learn about taxes, money the government may owe you, investing, credit help, and more.

Recalled Products: Find out how to search for recalled medications, food, vehicles, child safety seats, cosmetics, and more.

Scams and Frauds: Learn how to protect yourself from and respond to scams and frauds, such as identity theft and online scams.

State Consumer Protection Offices: Find your state's consumer protection office.

Telemarketing and Unwanted Mail: Find out how to stop unwanted mail and telemarketing calls.


----Consumer Reports

“Consumer Reports is an independent, nonprofit member organization that works side by side with consumers for truth, transparency, and fairness in the marketplace.

“Consumer Reports works to create a fair and just marketplace for all. As a mission-driven, independent, nonprofit member organization, CR empowers and informs consumers, incentivizes corporations to act responsibly, and helps policymakers prioritize the rights and interests of consumers in order to shape a truly consumer-driven marketplace. ......

“CR remains a trusted source because our rigorous, independent testing and research still creates a marketplace built on credible information, greater transparency, and fairness. Our investigative journalism, advocacy, and digital testing empower consumers, inform people’s purchasing decisions, influence businesses to improve the products and services they deliver, and strengthen norms, laws, and regulations through science, evidence, and data.”


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Jerry De Luca is a Christian freelance writer who loves perusing dozens of interesting and informative publications. When he finds any useful info he summarizes it, taking the main points, and creates a (hopefully) helpful blog post.


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