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Tips for online discount shopping

(WFLX) - Daily deal sites have become all the rage on the Web as the latest method to snag savings. "It's almost like couponing plus," said Norely Ortiz, who's become an online shopper.

In fact, some experts say, it's not a matter of who's offering a sale, but rather how can I do it quickly, what's the best deal.

Group coupon sites are one way to go. Ortiz uses them for entertainment deals. "Because Groupon.com and Livingsocial.com do the movie tickets where you can buy them for anywhere from $2 to $5, sometimes eight," she said.

Eversave.com and Yipit.com are popular, too. There are also hundreds of other sites that offer products as daily deals.

Ortiz got this Wii charger at Onesaleaday.com. There's Nomorerack.com, Steepandcheap.com, plus the original Woot.com.  Shoppers can find clothes, jewelry, electronics.

Some sites offer one deal per day, while others have several.

Brad Wilson, founder of bradsdeals.com, says while these sites often have deep discounts, it's not always the best bargain. "They present it in such a way, and they present it with such urgency, that we jump in, and we buy it anyway when in reality, the price is better somewhere else," he said.

Another tip to finding the best deal online, price compare to make sure you're really saving money.

A Kodak waterproof camera was featured at onesaleaday.com for $69.99, it claims at an 80-percent savings.

A check at Pricegrabber.com shows a range from $109 to $210, but a closer look at Onesaleaday.com reveals the cameras are used. Scroll down through the product info, and it reads "factory refurbished".

Another insider tip, check for additional discounts. Ortiz got children's earrings for free at Veryjane.com. "It's not your usual deal a day site because they're stuff is mainly handmade," said Wilson.

Ortiz says she often saves even more, just for referring friends or through free shipping.

If you don't want to sit at your computer and surf through dozens of sites to find a deal, there are other sites that'll do the work for you.

Sites such as Dealsucker.com allow users to view by sites or sort by category. It's similar at Dodtracker.com.

Bradsdeals.com has coupon codes, plus links to sales at brick and mortar retailers.

"Amazon and Target and Dell and Macy's and on and on and on. Also, if Groupon.com had a great deal, or if one of the flash sale Web sites had a great deal, it's our job to tell people about that," said Wilson.

Don't forget about traditional retailers. They're really the originator of flash sales, some are getting into the online game too.

Wilson says one of the easiest ways to find the best deals online is by using the same strategy you would if you walked into a store, stack your savings. "The best deals always have two or three or four or five pieces together. At their most basic, it's buying something when it's on sale, using a coupon and seeing if there's anything else to layer on top of that," said Wilson.

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