Find bargains the easy way, while you sleep!

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Everyone loves a bargain and if you’re starting a business on your own, then there’s nothing more important than finding ways to stretch your dollar and keep your budget in check. The last thing you need is to quickly exhaust your funds with new purchases and waste your precious time looking for bargains. The great thing is that 1) there are huge online marketplaces like eBay and Craigslist where thousands of merchants compete for your business on a daily basis, and 2) there are individuals out there who make a living finding bargains and passing the savings on to you. All you have to do is figure out a way to efficiently pool these resources into one place, and it starts with a feed reader.

Step 1, get a feed reader…

If you already have a feed reader then you’re halfway there, simply move on to step 2. If you don’t have a feed reader, then today is your lucky day. All Entrepreneurs Everyone and their mother should have a feed reader! Feed readers are extremely useful time savers; they’re the TiVo of the internet with an added bonus. Using a feed reader is like having an intelligent primate surf your favorite websites and summarize any updates for you all in one place, thus freeing you up to do other things like work on your business (or sleep). View the video below for a great explanation of what a feed reader is, how to get one, and how to use one.

Step 2, subscribe to the bargain sites…

Now that you have a feed reader, the next step is to subscribe to websites that exclusively feature bargains. Of the sites listed below, has the highest number of bargains featured on a daily basis. The site features a large variety of items including office equipment and furniture, software, computers and computer accessories, and even the occasional free slice of pizza or free Baskin Robbins ice cream. The other sites don’t offer nearly as many deals, but they do feature specials from time to time that are worth taking advantage of. Websites are listed first, and the feed link is listed second in parenthesis (you can click on the feed link to subscribe).

Ben’s Bargains (Feed Link) (Feed Link) (Feed Link) (Feed Link) (Feed Link)
Woot (Feed Link) (Feed Link)

**By the way, Ellen of Confessions of an Infomaniac has a list of 50 Deal and Coupon Sites for the Bargain Hunter on her site; be sure to check it out!

*Hint* If you know a website that offers deals but doesn’t offer a feed to subscribe to, then email them and ask if they are using an alternate service (like to generate their feeds. If they have no idea what a feed is, send them to this article and tell them to get with the program!

Creating custom feeds from Craigslist and eBay…

If there’s something in particular that you’re looking for, then you can generate custom feeds from Craigslist and eBay specific to what you have in mind.

For Craigslist:
Craigslist RSS iconSimply visit, click on the link to your state and then the link for your city. From there you can perform a custom search (e.g., delivery van), click on a category, or perform a custom search within a category. The generated page will feature your results and you can find the custom “RSS” link at the bottom of the page.

For eBay:
eBay doesn’t offer a custom feed for your searches, but fellow entrepreneur and blogger Sean Tierney found a service called that does. You simply perform a search the same way you would on eBay, and a feed link is generated for you to subscribe to.

In conclusion…

The internet has brought together thousands upon thousands of merchants competing for your money and your business, and there’s no reason why you shouldn’t take advantage of this competitive marketplace for the benefit of your own entrepreneurial endeavors. With some patience and a feed reader doing all the work for you, you’re likely to find just about anything your business needs at a price that will make you and your budget happy.

The Closet Entrepreneur

Post Scriptum: If you know of a site I missed, or you yourself have a bargain hunting service, leave a comment or email me and I will be more than happy to add it to the list above. Also, be sure to check out The Bargain Hack for more bargain finding ideas.

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  1. nice tut- good to see some solid blog posts coming from AZ 😉
    i have a pretty extensive list of deal sites on my here->
    thanks for the mention


  2. TOMAS

    Hey Sean, that’s a great list of sites you have bookmarked! I’ll add them to the list (and my feed reader) as soon as I get the chance, thanks!

  3. I put together a list of 50 sites just a little while ago, 50 Deal and Coupon Sites for the Bargain Hunter. I’ll be adding a few more and organizing them better soon.

  4. TOMAS

    Hey Ellen, that’s quite an exhaustive collection of links you have there! Any idea which one’s stand out amongst the others?

  5. My favorite is Dealnews. I get their email alerts everyday or you can subscribe to rss feeds at a href=””>Dealnews RSS Feeds.

    I also like ShopBig because it sends me email alerts when a product I am searching for is within my price range.

    Lastly, I subscribe to the feed at Daily Tool.

    Your list is great too. I like Slickdeals and I also browse the forums at FatWallet .

  6. You may enjoy real free stuff for all as well!

  7. …and don’t forget for that last minute “xxxx” code to enter at checkout to save even more!

  8. TOMAS

    @Chris – There’s a similar website that I used called that saved me a couple of bucks at checkout, both sites look similar yet it’s never a bad thing to have options.


  9. Samantha

    All Printable Coupons adds to this list. I found it useful with its easy-to-use three step process to find coupons online.

  10. Jake

    I’m a huge fan of bargain sites…I’ve been using for years, I’ll have to bookmark the other ones that you have mentioned. I also didn’t know craigslist had feeds, I will look into that also. Thanks for the tips!

    For bargain computer items I’ve found that has a lot of good things (and cheap things!) every now and then.


  11. TOMAS

    @Samantha – Thanks for the link, too bad you have to print out a coupon though, especially when you’ve gone paperless like I have. 🙂 Check out Shortcuts when you get a chance, the service allows you to add coupons to your shoppers card thus eliminating the need to print, cut, and store anything. 😉

    @Jake – I’ve used NewEgg in the past and like their customer service; definitely a good place to start looking for deals. 🙂

  12. This site should be helpful if you try to find bargains or discounts for some items like computers, apparel, baby stuff, etc. Take a look at it!

  13. Nice, you should also check out

  14. @Disney8 and @Kyle – Thanks for the links! 🙂

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  17. Bella Jong

    Hey guys,

    Nice blog & cool way to save money as well. For easy RSS subscription you can use software called Feeddeamon. Moreover you can include few other sites as well. (coupons) (deals & coupons)

    Hope this adds value to your savings. Thanks for help


  18. @Bella Jong – Good call on RetailMeNot, it’s a great site (love the design and UI) and I’ve used it on several occasions. 😉

  19. Great tips on how to hunt for the best bargains! Thanks a lot for sharing this.

  20. Crystal

    This is a great resource. I had never thought about putting these sites in my RSS Reader. You may also want to check out for bargains and deals. They have a great comparison shopping tool.

  21. @Maggie – You’re very welcome. 🙂

    @Crystal – Thank you for the bargain site recommendation. 😉

  22. Ezra

    These are great ideas. You may also check out . You compare prices to get the best bargain.

  23. I am a big fan of using RSS feeds to keep track of bargains. Another option is use Twitter and set up alerts around bargains on things you want to track. For example, if you want to find a coupon code in order to buy travel insurance for your upcoming trip, it is most likely that you will find one on Twitter.

  24. The web site with this concept implemented in mind is which is an online bargains aggregator from dozens of quality bargain sites. The chronically ordered offers and categorizations should be helpful to bargain shoppers.

  25. Jay

    I use the following sites to get aggregated deals.

  26. There’s also – featuring only the best freebies, printable coupons, online deals and coupon codes – hand-selected and updated each day. The site also offers a free coupon toolbar for internet explorer and firefox, which allows you to access and search all the latest deals right from your browser.

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