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Here is how to make your online shopping easy and painless

After considerable testing, here are our top picks for the best sites to use when shopping online. These sites are both easy to use and will help you save money this holiday season. Take a look:

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Find the lowest price.

  • Dealio ( has a larger retail search than rival sites offer and provides coupon codes with a thumbs-up/thumbs-down review.
  • fetches prices from more than 25,000 online merchants, including eBayPriceGrabber.comoffers prices on products from nearly 13,000 merchants.
  • If you know exactly what you want and need just a bare-bones price-comparison site, try Google‘s shopping search engine, Google Product Search (formerly Froogle), at

Shop with cyber-coupons.

  • RetailMeNot ( offers coupons from more than 40,000 stores and a community where you can get tips and deal information from others.
  • At, you can compare coupons from five retailers.
  • At Coupon Sherpa (, the staff tests promotions and works with merchants to ensure that the coupons work. The site also is available as an iPhone application.

Hot deals!

  • Online deal sites post loads of discounted items. Our favorite is still Dealnews (, which has a team of deal hunters keeping their eyes on a million products at more than 2,000 online retailers. Plus, merchants and the site’s visitors tip them off to bargains.
  • lists some deals on its home page, but you’ll find hundreds more listed in its forums. If you like the community atmosphere, you also can find lots of deals posted in the forums on
  • For electronics and tech gadgets, we like, which updates hourly.

Save on shipping.

  • offers free-shipping coupons for more than 1,800 stores, including, Target and eBay. And last-minute shoppers won’t want to miss Free Shipping Day Dec. 17.

And to make sure you’re getting the best bargain, look for the best price from a merchant with free shipping and a coupon to lower the cost further — the trifecta of bargain shopping.

Via Kiplinger’s Personal Finance