Shane and I are in the market for a car seat (go figure). We don’t want to buy it too soon, since seats do have an expiration date. But then again, I’m due in less than four months, so we’d better get this show on the road before too long.
After tons of research, we’ve chosen the seat we want. Now, all we have to do is get it for the absolute best price we can find.
My question to you: How do you find the lowest price on a particular item?
I tend to start with a basic Google search. I’ll hit up the “shopping” tab to see a list of prices for similar products.
Next, I’ll check out Amazon.com and eBay. In our case, I won’t be shopping on eBay, since I want to make sure this seat truly is brand-new.
Now that I have a general idea of the lowest price out there (about $170), I can keep this number in mind when I head to brick and mortar stores. I know that with a physical store, I’ll have to factor in sales tax (about $12 in my case, if I can find it for $170). With some online retailers, I’ll have to consider shipping costs.
To find codes, I just do a quick Google search and enter the product name with “coupon code” or something of that nature. I usually have a list of sites from which to explore.
In the case of our car seat, I think the cheapest way to get it will be through Amazon.com. Right now, the price is $173.01 (and, bummer, it has gone up about $10 in the last week or so).
This price includes free shipping.
I found a discount code thanks to BabyCheapskate: “visababy” which will get me 10 percent off if I pay with a Visa debit or credit card. This code is valid until mid-October, I believe. Ten percent off will bring my price to $155.71. That’s much cheaper than I could find it anywhere else, and about $45 cheaper than I could get it at Target.
If I had a pile of loose change, I’d take it to the CoinStar at my grocery. If you opt to get a gift certificate for an online retailer (Amazon.com is one), you won’t be charged the $0.08 or whatever it is per dollar for the convenience of letting them count your change. I don’t have at least $5 worth of change (the minimum for getting a gift certificate) so I’ll skip this step.
Finally, I’ll enter my info with priceprotectr.com to make sure the price doesn’t go up after I’ve purchased it. Sometimes, you can get a price adjustment on the difference.
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