Okay, the holiday shopping is over and now it’s time to figure out how to recoup the losses. I checked out some websites from Good Housekeeping  that are out there to help save dollars – especially for online shoppers.

Did you ever buy something, only to find the price dropped a week later? Priceprotectr is the site that watches falling prices for you. Register your purchases, sit back, and an e-mail will arrive if there is a price drop! You just need to claim it from the retailer.

When I am shopping online, often I’ll see the little “coupon code” box when I reach the checkout, but alas, not often do I have a code. Now I have a new friend – Retailmenot. This site searches out and collects the coupon codes for 15,000 online merchants! Just enter your e-tailer’s Web address and you will receive any current promotion codes. Another amazing site for saving is CellFire. You can have coupon codes sent right to your cell phone. Just show them at the checkout when you are shopping.

I find that some of the prices on e-Bay seem way out there. Honesty is a site that lets you know the average going price for an item on e-Bay and if it is on sale. It also links right to the listings.  Nice, clean, and handy.

Not that I should be thinking about more shopping already, but I found a good way to plan ahead. Two sites that can help are PriceSpider and WishRadar. With these sites, you register the amount you are willing to pay for an item and they will e-mail you when it becomes available at that price or lower. Create a “wish list” and wait for when the price is right. Maybe planning now will save me later. One can only hope.


Found any great ways to save on the Web? Share with us. Every little bit helps.




There was an interesting article in the Palm Beach Post on Sunday entitled “State holds millions in unclaimed property”. Of course, I had to read it. According to the article the state of Florida is holding about $1 billion worth of unclaimed property. This property can be anything from telephone company refunds, uncashed paychecks or the contents of safe deposit boxes that have not been touched in years. Any unclaimed cash is simply held until it is claimed and the interest is goes toward education.

Think you might be one of the lucky Floridians with unclaimed property? Check out the Florida Department of Financial Services Bureau of Unclaimed Property website. I did, and no, I was not one of the lucky ones, but I did find something for another family member!

Are you fairly new to the state or are you reading this from another state? There is another website officially endorsed by the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators (NAUPA) containing the official collective records from most state unclaimed property programs. Check it out! After all, what do you have to lose. I understand (according to the Post) a man in Sarasota had $300,000 returned!!!!