Take My Money! (Part 1 of 2)

Well, actually… Don’t. I’d rather keep as much of it as I can to myself, if you don’t mind. This time, I’m talking about buying stuff online.

I’ve learned one important thing about shopping online. Prices fluctuate – sometimes quite drastically. So, it seems the best strategy is to figure out what you want to buy as soon as possible. Ideally, figure out what you want to buy long before you actually need it. The sooner you figure it out, the longer you can wait for the price to drop.

Naturally, as my list of things I want to buy grows longer, I can’t keep checking Amazon every day for their price. Along come a few websites that actually help you keep track of price drops.

The first, and my personal favourite, is camelcamelcamel.com. This website offers a free service of tracking prices for you. You simply paste in a link to the product you’re interested in. You then set your target price and start tracking. You can even see how the price of the product fluctuated over time.

Another helpful service here in the UK and in some of Europe is pricespy.co.uk. PriceSpy is another free service. It tracks products for you, just like camelcamelcamel. But it also compares prices between different stores. So even if you can’t wait with your buy, PriceSpy is there to help you find the best price.

I’m sure you get the idea by now. If we use a free service to track products, we can get them when the price drops. This can actually save us a lot of money.

Published by eranboudjnah

A software consultant and tech lead. Passionate about optimizing as many aspects of my life as possible, to free time for what really matters.

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