With the declining economy, consumers are becoming more
conscious about saving when shopping for their holiday gifts. CouponCowgirl.com
and ShoppingNotes.com are two websites that make price comparison and coupon
savings easy when buying presents online.
We've all been there, scrolling through site after site
trying to determine who has the best price for that highly sought after item or
looking for coupon savings. If you're like me, you probably tire of the process
and settle on a vendor whether or not you're getting the best price. However, I
like to save as much as the next person, so how can I not endorse these
businesses that help keep money in my pocket (or at least spread it further by
Coupon Cowgirl is one of the many trendy websites that
compiles printable coupons and coupon codes for retail shops and other
organizations. But, I have to say I prefer their site over many of their
competitors because it's very well-organized and makes online shopping
Unlike other coupon sites, it has a comprehensive search
directory for companies offering coupon discounts AND links you directly to the
online stores so you can complete your purchases in just a couple of steps.
Depending upon the savings you seek, you can search by category, store, $ off
coupons, % off coupons, or businesses which offer free shipping. One
improvement that would make the process even easier (although would be
challenging without partnering with the businesses featured on the site) would
be to have the coupon codes auto fill in the right fields at checkout so
consumers don't need to keep track.
Another feature that stands out about Coupon Cowgirl,
compared to other similar sites, is that a lot of work has clearly gone into
making it visually appealing. While the content may not be so different, this
goes a long way in establishing their credibility in my mind.
Shopping Notes takes online shopping savings one step
further, by providing a price comparison service that allows you to monitor
prices of products on the wish lists of your loved ones. Essentially, it offers
a bookmark tool coupled with a price watch engine and definitely beats having
to visit each site day after day to find the best price and monitor discounts.
Unfortunately, the site doesn't quite do ALL the work for
you. It's up to you to locate the websites that feature your sought after item
and record the URLs on your Shopping Notes account for monitoring. But, once
the price has decreased on any of the sites, they will send you an email
notification with the new price and link directly to the online store. They
present you with the savings evidence by bringing it right to your inbox, but
if multiple competitors are dropping their prices, it remains up to you to make
the comparison and final purchase decision. I jest, but really, it can't get
much easier than this.
The Shopping Notes and Coupon Cowgirl websites do share a
feature in common, making them competitors in the online savings market. Both
prominently display the new, hot savings by some of their advertised
businesses. That way, the most substantial savings are in your face, which can
be a handy way to get new gift ideas for those hard to shop for people in your
lives (I stand corrected, it does get easier!). Another similarity is that neither site
requires an application download since all is available from your web browser.
And of course, both share the mission of bringing you the best deals!
From a business perspective, I can't evaluate the potential
for profit of either of these companies. Thrifty consumers have access to their
services for free, and neither site admits on their sites that vendors are
charged to be included in their directories. The only indication of revenue I
can find relates to rather well-concealed Google ads (and that's only visible
on Coupon Cowgirl). So, if you're an entrepreneur considering entering the
races as a competitor; I'll leave that to your own interpretation. However,
there's no denying that these are great services for avid online shoppers and
As you compile your collection of gifts that will go under
your tree this year, beat the recession with the convenience of savings made
possible by these two companies.
PS - Inventor Spot is affiliated when a number of popular online shopping hotspots (like Amazon, Walmart and more). If you are planning on ordering from these sites for your holiday shopping, we would appreciate if you access them through the links on our affiliate page. By going through Inventor Spot, we will receive a small comission that allows us to maintain the site and keep us safe from the declining economy. Thank you for your support!
Helping you make this holiday a happy one...my work is done for today.