When it comes to your everyday purchases, and even your occasional (but big) purchases, you may be like many people who are in the habit of simply going to a mega-retailer or using the closest vendor for the products and services they’re looking for.
But you shouldn’t be like those people! You’ll save a boatload of money and be much better informed if you turn to online sources of information to compare prices and reviews.
Here are the top five products that really should be compared online before you make a purchase.
1. Apartments and real estate
It goes without saying that you probably shouldn’t put all your trust in the agents who are paid commissions when they rent or sell property to you. According to them, every deal is a good deal.
Go online to sites like Craigslist or Zillow, or even Google’s real estate listings, and take a look at other market prices before you sign on the dotted line. This is one of the most expensive commitments you’ll make, so it deserves an extended look!
Similar to real estate, auto dealerships will try to pressure you to make a decision the day you show up to look. If you’ve got your smartphone with you, you’ll be better prepared to do that on your own terms, thanks to the apps that will tell you what the realistic market value of a car is.
Make sure you double-check the Kelley Blue Book Value and get a Carfax report that details any past incidents that might affect the current functioning of the vehicle you’re about to buy or lease!
Did you know that there are millions of consumer reviews of recipes online? Naturally, tastes will vary, but you can guarantee yourself a disaster-free meal by checking online for the recipe you’re thinking about cooking for your big date!
Take a look an online wholesalers to see whether the retail price you’re about to pay is too high. There’s little difference between most computers at the lower cost levels, although the consumer reviews will help you determine that.
Whether you’re looking for car insurance or life insurance, you really have to compare your policy rates online. Some sites will have side-by-side comparisons and quotes from major providers. Those are the kind of sites you’ll want to consult to make sure you’re getting the right rates and the coverage you’re looking for.