Online Bargain Shopping

Your Guide to Daily Deal Websites

by Lauren Sena

photo by Renjith Krishnan, 2011

Are online ads bombarding you with deals that seem too good to be true? While many of these may seem like a scam, the good news is that there are now several legitimate websites offering products and services at a chunk of the original price. As a bargain hunter, I am easily able to find deals on these sites that fit my needs and location. No matter what your preferences may be, you are sure to discover great finds at great prices!

For the Fashionista
Want a designer purse but don’t want to pay designer prices? Beyond the Rack offers clothing and accessories for up to 80% off the retail value. But you have to act quickly – like other deal sites, each sale is available for a limited time, with limited quantities. With brands featured such as Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Betsey Johnson, and BCBG, you’ll have a coveted style that no one will ever know you only paid a fraction of the price for!

For the Foodie
Groupon’s “Now! Deals” allow you to see food and drink offers for that particular day. This is a great way to try out new restaurants without breaking your wallet. By entering your location, you’ll be able choose from a variety of dining options that include Greek, Italian, and Japanese fare. Simply purchase your choice, print out your voucher, and you’re ready to go. Groupon can also notify you by email of offers that coincide with your interests if you select words and phrases that best describe you. So if you love going out to eat, be sure to select “Foodie” to get tasty deals delivered to your inbox!

For the Travel Lover
Whether you want to escape for the weekend or go on a weeklong Caribbean vacation, you can find discounted travel options on these sites. What’s terrific about these deals is that they not only cover the cost of the hotel, but also include extras such as food vouchers, day activities, and parking. LivingSocial and Groupon have a huge selection of international destinations, while Dealfind and Jaunt  are great for weekend getaways within Canada.

For the Design-Savvy offers unique design products. Only on this deal site will you come across a furry Cyclops iPad cover and bright pink Louis XV-inspired armchairs. This site makes shopping easy, allowing you to browse by category (art, jewellery, pets, etc.), colour, or price. Unfortunately, they do not ship to Canada as of yet, but Melissa Klein,’s vice president of communications, assures that they will very soon. Even so, I find myself constantly browsing their products, inspired by the creative takes on typical items. It is definitely a site to look out for in the near future.

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